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GAZ Tigr
Tigr at a rehearsal of the Moscow Victory Parade.
Type Infantry Mobility Vehicle
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 2006–present
Production history
Designer Military Industrial Company-GAZ
Designed 2001
Manufacturer Arzamas Machinery Plant
Produced 2004–present
Variants See Variants
Weight 7,200 kg (15,900 lb)
Length 5.7 m (19 ft)
Width 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Height 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
Crew 2 + 9, 10, or 11 depending on variant

Armor SPM-1: 5 mm (0.20 in)
SPM-2: 7 mm (0.28 in)
7.62mm PKP "Pecheneg" machine gun
or Kord-12.7mm heavy machine gun
30mm AGS-17 grenade launcher
Engine Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B180 TD 6cyl, 180 hp (130 kW)
Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B205 TD 6cyl, 180 hp (130 kW)
Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B-214 TD 6cyl, 215 hp (160 kW)
GAZ-562 3.2 L (200 cu in) TD 6cyl, 197 hp (147 kW)
YaMZ-534 4cyl
Transmission GAZ JSC 5-speed manual
Allison LCT-1000 automatic
GM 545RFE automatic
1,000 km (620 mi)
Speed 140 km/h (87 mph) on road
80 km/h (50 mph) off-road

The GAZ Tigr (Russian: Тигр and English: Tiger) is a Russian 4x4, multipurpose, all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle manufactured by GAZ, first delivered to the Russian Army in 2006. Primarily used by the Russian Federation's armed forces, it is also used by numerous other countries and organizations.


GAZ-2975 unfinished interior on the assembly line

The Tigr was first shown at the IDEX exhibition in 2001.[1] Pilot production started in 2004 with 96 vehicles. The Russian Army officially adopted the GAZ-2975 into service at the end of 2006.[2] The vehicle was then officially manufactured in 2007.[2]

During the 2010 Interpolitex exhibition, MIC presented the upgraded version of GAZ Tigr-the VPK-233114 Tigr-M-with a new YaMZ-534 diesel engine, additional armour and an NBC protection system. This new GAZ Tigr-M entered service with the Russian army during the first half of the 2013. Mass production and the export version have already been launched with a 205 hp engine.[3][4]

Tigr armoured cars were reported to be among the AFV's deployed by Russia in the Crimean crisis.[5] Interestingly, they seemed to belong to the Russian Naval Infantry, but that combat arm had not been previously identified as a Tigr user, suggesting that the examples spotted (in a column near Sevastopol on the night of February 28, 2014) were vehicles transferred or on loan from their primary military user, the Russian Army. In early March 2015, OSCE inspectors spotted "a camouflaged GAZ TIGRA-type armoured personnel carrier" guarding a DPR Checkpoint, close to the village Shyrokyne east of Mariupol.[6]

In 2011, "Rosoboronexport" has offered Azerbaijan to create a licensed production of armored vehicles on its territory.[7][8]

Since 2015, Tigr vehicles are used by the Syrian Army in fight with opposition and extremist groups.[9][10]

The Russian army in late January 2017 adopted the armored vehicle “Tigr-M” with a remotely controlled weapon module “Arbalet-DM”.[11]


The vehicle was designed to transport troops and various equipment quickly on road and off-road. It has a chassis frame construction, with a traditional layout of front engine, middle crew compartment, and rear cargo area. Standard features include: power steering, independent all-wheel torsion suspension with hydraulic shock absorbers and stabilizer bars, a transfer case with a locking center differential, limited slip differentials, two-speed transfer case, automatic tire inflation, engine block heater, and electric winch.

The GAZ-233001 has optional air conditioning, stereo, electric windows, and an anti-lock braking system.

Armored versions of the Tigr feature 5 mm (0.20 in) (7 mm (0.28 in) for the SPM-2) heat-treated and stress-relieved armor plates. The Tigr can carry a half ton of cargo.

The available engines are a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B180 turbodiesel with 180 hp (130 kW); a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B205 turbodiesel producing 180 hp (130 kW); a Cummins 5.9 L (360 cu in) B-214 turbodiesel making 215 hp (160 kW); or a GAZ-562 3.2 L (200 cu in) turbodiesel with 197 hp (147 kW).

Designed for performance in mountain, arctic, and desert environments, the Tigr is capable of operating at ambient temperatures ranging from −14–50 °C (7–122 °F). Moreover, the vehicle has approach and departure angles of 52 degrees and a wading depth of 1.2 m (3.9 ft).


The Tigr is produced in multiple variants.

  • GAZ-2975-A prototype unarmoured three-door station wagon sport utility vehicle
  • GAZ-2330-Multipurpose unarmoured SUV, made in two and three-door versions
    • GAZ-23304-Multipurpose unarmoured five-door wagon with rear hinged doors
  • GAZ-233001/GAZ-233011-Multipurpose unarmoured four-door pickup truck
  • GAZ-233002/GAZ-233012-Multipurpose unarmoured two-door pickup truck
  • GAZ-233003/GAZ-233013-Multipurpose unarmored three-door SUV with a sedan body with optional undivided/divided interior


GAZ-3121 (Tigr-2) at AUTOFORUM-2007 in Nizhny Novgorod

Unarmored civilian version of the Tigr, much like the Hummer H1 draws from the military HMMWV. Released a small series from 2008, mainstream sales at dealers were planned to start in 2009. The car is available in two trim levels-luxury and regular.

The standard SUV is mechanically very similar to the military Tigr. It is packaged with a Steyr turbodiesel with 190 hp (140 kW) or six-cylinder Cummins B205 with 205 hp (153 kW) and is designed for speeds of up to 160 km/h (99 mph). Interior details are borrowed from the GAZ Volga and GAZ Gazelle.

With a weight of 3,500 kg (7,700 lb), the civilian Tiger-2 fuel consumption is 15 L/100 km. Its length is 5.7 m (19 ft), its width and height is 2.3 m (7.5 ft), and its ground clearance is 330 mm (1.08 ft). Compared with the military version, the civilian Tigr is 2,800 kg (6,200 lb) lighter. The price was planned at $270,000/17,600,000 rubles.


In 2007, a ceremonial parade variant was designed. The ceremonial Tigr is a two-door convertible with a removable rigid roof. It features two seats in the front and one in the back, and is finished with modern luxury car appointments. This Tigr is equipped with an automatic Allison 1000 series transmission and Cummins B205 turbodiesel. Vehicle weight was reduced to 4,750 kg (10,470 lb), as this version is unarmoured.

In November 2008, a prototype of the parade Tigr was presented to the Minister of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov. Subsequently, three vehicles were ordered and used in the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2009 at the Palace Square in St. Petersburg and also at the 64th anniversary of Russia's World War II victory.


This Tigr is used by the Russian Interior Ministry OMON in counter-terrorism operations and territorial defense. It is armoured, with IEC 50963-96 Class 3 side/rear protection and Class 5 frontal protection. The vehicle has accommodations for seven occupants including the driver. Early models permit the firing of personal weapons through one-way portholes in the body. In later models personal weapons can be fired through portholes in the armored glass. An automatic gun carriage can be fitted to the roof, along with radio signal jamming equipment.

SPM-1 AAV[edit]

Abaim-Abanat special police assault vehicle based on GAZ-233034 SPM-1 vehicle

The SPM-1 Aircraft Assault Vehicle is an SPM-1 fitted with a large remote-control hydraulic ladder system. It is designed to provide access to the second or third floors of buildings and aircraft.

SPM-2 "Tigr-Alpha-BB"[edit]

This Tigr is an SPM-1 with GOST 50963-965 level 5 ballistic protection all around (instead of a mixture of level 3 and 5). Two additional glass hatches on the roof allow for the firing of personal weapons.


This variant is designed as a command center for special events and crises. It is a SPM-2 fitted with extensive communications equipment.


Kornet-EM at MAKS-2011

In 2011, the Tula Instrument Design Bureau demonstrated an upgraded Kornet-EM antitank missile system. Two such units were mounted on a modified chassis of the SPM-2 Tigr. The machine is equipped with two retractable launchers for 8 missiles and gunnery equipment (remote weapons control with screens to display images from the sighting systems), as well as 8 additional missiles. Currently, this antitank system is being tested at Kapustin-Yar. The missile complex when mounted on a Tigr is known as the Kornet-D, and it is meant to replace the 9P148 missile carrier.

Shershen ATGM[edit]

A variant with Shershen ATGM was developed by Belarus.[12]

"Project 420"[edit]

In early 2010, an improved Tigr armored vehicle with a 420-horsepower 5.9 litres (360.0 cu in) Cummins ISB and a GM 545RFE automatic transmission was created. This engine/transmission combination was originally designed for a Dodge Ram pickup. Externally, the vehicle featured an additional air intake on the bonnet and enlarged brakes. Acceleration time to 100 km/h (62 mph) was reduced from 35 to 23 seconds compared to the standard version, and the top speed increased from 140 km/h (87 mph) to 160 km/h (99 mph).


VPK-233114 Tiger-M

During the 2010 Interpolitex exhibition, the Tigr-M was announced. It featured a new YaMZ-534 diesel engine, a new armored hood, air filter installation, an increase in the number of rear passenger seats (from 8 to 9) and the replacement of the bicuspid rear hatch with a large square hatch.

Currently, the Tigr-M is mass-produced and supplied to the Russian Army, including with the new Arbalet-DM remote control weapons station which is composed of 12.7mm Kord or 7.62mm PKTM machine guns.[13][14][15]

Tigr-6A SPV[edit]

The CTC GAZ-233014 "Tiger" SPV prototype vehicle was first shown at the Bronnitsi Armoured Vehicles Show on June 10, 2011. Based on the SPM-2, the SPV is designed for combat officer transport. It has a four-door station wagon body with increased GOST 6A armor protection (heavy mine protection and special shock-absorbing seats/footrests which are not attached to the floor). As of November 2012, tests are being conducted. The roof of the car has a large rotating hatch with folding a folding lid and two brackets for mounting weapons. Firing from the personal weapons of the crew and the assault carried out through open armored glass in the doors and on the sides of the machine. The cabin air space for the driver, the older machines and 4 marines. There are places for stowage of ammunition, rocket-propelled grenades such as the RPG-26 , the radio station and the radio-controlled explosive devices blocker.


  • Length, mm - 5700
  • Width, mm - 2300
  • Height, mm - 2200
  • Wheelbase, mm - 3300
  • Ground clearance, mm - 400
  • Drive formula - 4 × 4
  • Load capacity, kg - 1200
  • Capacity, people. - 6
  • Tires dimension - 335/80 R20
  • Curb weight, kg - 5300
  • Maximum speed km / h - no more than 125
  • Angle climbing ability, hail. - thirty
  • Acceptable roll when driving on the slope, deg. - 20
  • Fording depth, m - 1.2
  • Overhang angle front / rear, deg. - 52/52
  • Minimum turning radius, m - 8.9
  • Transmission - 5-speed manual

Anti-aircraft vehicles[edit]

The Tigr chassis has been fitted with the 1L122E radar to allow the vehicle to simultaneously locate 15 aerial targets per second and perform target assessment in one second. Its purpose is to give Russian soldiers armed with MANPADS a command and target indication vehicle to receive more precise target data. The vehicle can deploy within five minutes and operate in temperatures from -50 to 60 degrees Celsius (-58 to 132 degrees Fahrenheit). Development started in mid-2013, with the first prototype delivered in May 2014. The vehicle is currently an independently developed prototype, with talks being held for trials and the follow-up launch of series line production.[16] The Gibka-S is an anti-aircraft Tigr variant carrying four Igla-S or 9K333 Verba MANPADS tubes on a retractable launching station. By January 2017, the system was being prepared for preliminary trials.[17]

Tigr-based developments[edit]


VPK -3927 Volk with armored personnel carrier module
For more details on this topic, see VPK-3927 Volk.

In 2010, an international forum in Zhukovsky publicly presented three prototypes of a modular all-wheel drive family of vehicles, called the MIC-3927 Volk (the Russian word Volk (Волк) translates to Wolf). Like the Tigr, it was developed by the Military Industrial Company of Russia.

Th Volk is available as a 4×4 (MIC-3927) or 6×6 (MIC-39273) and has increased bulletproofing (Class 6A to GOST 50963-96) and mine protection (STANAG Level 2a/2b).

In 2012, orders of the Tigr were cancelled in favour of the Volk; however, orders were resumed.


Lebanese airborne Nimr 4x4
For more details on this topic, see Nimr.

Emirates Defense Technology (EDT) initially started the Nimr (Arabic for tiger) project in the UAE. Engineers from the Industrial Computer Technologies engineering firm (a subsidiary of GAZ) were then subcontracted to complete the detailed engineering and prototyping of the first Nimr 1 prototype. Further developments of the Nimr prototype and the complete development of the first generation Nimr vehicles was carried out in the UAE by the Bin Jabr Group.

The Nimr is a scaled-down Tigr, designed specifically for the harsh desert climates found in the Middle East.


Map of Tigr operators in blue

Current operators[edit]

  •  Armenia: Used by police forces and armed forces.[18]
  •  Belarus[12]
  •  China: Co-produced with Beijing Yanjing Automobile since Russia refused to grant China a license to fully produce the Tigr.[19] 110 Tigrs were delivered from 2008-2010 and are in service with the Chinese Public Security police.[20] Some saw use publicly in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in the 2009 Xinjiang riots.[20][21] 5 Tigrs (Fully assembled) were delivered with five more in kit form for assembly while 100 were assembled in China.[20][22] YA-made vehicles known as YJ2080C and YJ2081C, the difference with the engine installed and the weight.[23] In Chinese service, it's known as the YJ2080 Sentinel.[24]
  •  Congo: Tigrs are in use by the Congolese police force.
  •  Guinea: 3 Tigrs were known to be purchased for the Guinean Presidential Guard in 2011.[20]
  •  Jordan: 1 Tigr was delivered to Jordanian Defense privet company (ISAN Industries of Armoring, Aviation & Defense Technologies LLC) in 2011 for $250,000.[25]
  •  Mongolia: Used by special police units.[26]
  •  Nicaragua: An agreement was signed in 2012 to supply Tigrs. It is not known how many were produced for Nicaragua.[27]
  •  Russia: 700+. Purchases were discontinued in 2012 in favour of the Wolf, but orders were later resumed.[28][29][30] 500 vehicles were placed into service by 2011.[20] 20 Tigr-Ms with Arbalet-DM combat module were delivered in 2016.[31] Known service users include the Russian Army and the Russian Naval Infantry.
  •  Slovakia[32]
  •  Syria:[12]
  •  Tajikistan[12]
  •  Uruguay: 3 Tigrs were delivered to the Uruguayan National Guard (Police) in April 2011 for $600,000.[20] They are equipped with bull bars, air conditioning, window grilles and a video surveillance system.[20] 10 vehicles in 2017.[33]

Evaluation-only operators[edit]

See also[edit]


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