T-98 Kombat

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"T-98 Kombat" Car. March 18, 2011

The T-98 Kombat is a wheeled armoured vehicle built by Kombat Armouring, a subsidiary of Laura Group, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The name (Russian: комбат, IPA: [kɐmˈba:t] (About this sound listen)), is shorthand for "komandir batal'yona" (командир батальона - battalion commander). The Kombat is one of the fastest armoured off-road vehicles in the world with a top speed of 180 km/h.[1]

There are two basic versions of the T-98 Kombat based on General Motors components, including an 8.1 litre Vortec engine, Allison transmission, and GM heavy duty suspensions. They are:

  • The “VIP” has no frame and has a monocoque double steel body. The highest protection level uses a composite armor of ceramic between steel layers. VIP Combats have many options, including leather and wood in the interior.
  • The “Utility” is designed for special operations missions.

The armoured body is based on a "metal-ceramic sandwich with cellular filler" technology. The monocoque body provides protection against mine blasts.

It is driven by a 340 hp V8, which gives the lightest T-98 a top speed of 111 mph (180 km/h), making it one of the fastest all-terrain armoured vehicles in the world. The T-98 contains satellite navigation, a flat-screen television which can play DVD, climate control, and an interior containing a mix of leather and wood. All running gear and electronics are provided by General Motors. Kombat Armouring claims that the most highly armoured T-98 will protect occupants from bullets up to 12.7 mm, shotguns, mines and ramming.[2]


Prices start at around US$138,000 for the standard luxury vehicle with the basic level of protection which includes specifically being able to stop a .357 Magnum. The next level is Hi Pro, which will stop bullets from 7.62 mm Kalashnikovs and costs US$168,000, with the third tier costing US$217,000 and the full-on highest B7-level of armoured protection costing US$247,000 before further optional extras are added.

These prices are all based on the utility version with a 400 bhp (300 kW) GM Vortec 8100 V8 engine, though any performance level required can be fitted, with the 320 bhp (240 kW) Duramax diesel V8 for an additional US$7,200, or the 550 bhp (410 kW) Vortec engine for an extra US$14,400. The passenger wagon costs an extra US$6,000 over the utility, and the long-wheelbase version (wheelbase 3630 mm) is an extra US$11,500.


  • Dimensions
  • Curb weight (base model)
  • GVWR
  • Length
  • Height
  • Width
  • Wheelbase
  • Hard Top (B6 level)
  • 3750 kg
  • 5000 kg
  • 5150 mm
  • 1950 mm
  • 2100 mm
  • 3400 mm
  • Station Wagon (B6 level)
  • 4150 kg
  • 5150 kg
  • 5350 mm
  • 2100 mm
  • 2100 mm
  • 3500 mm


  • VORTEC 8100 V8 with 340 hp@ 4200 rpm producing 455 foot-pounds force (617 N⋅m) of torque @ 3200 rpm
  • DURAMAX Turbo Diesel 6600 V8 with 300 hp@ 3100 rpm producing 520 pounds of torque @ 1800 rpm

Ground Clearance: 300 mm Track Width: 1760 mm

Transmission: Allison 1000 5-speed automatic

Transfer Case: AUTOTRAC 4WD 2- speed

Fuel Capacity: 140 litre (36 gal)

Electrical: one or two 12-volt, 105 amp alternators

Top Speed: 180 km/h (111 mph) (340 hp version)


  • Independent front suspension with torsion bars and stabilizer bar
  • Rear suspension with two stage multileaf springs
  • Rear locking differential


  • high mobility armored vehicle - 5-door station wagon
  • armored troop carrier - 3-door panel truck
  • fast attack vehicle - 4-door pickup truck
  • infantry vehicle for special operations - 2-door pickup truck


  • Vehicle-mounted 23 mm autocannon
  • 14.5 mm machine gun (KPVT)
  • 12.7mm machine gun (KORD)
  • 55 mm small-sized remotely controlled smoke grenade launching system


Most are VIP versions sold to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Estonia, Russia, Mauritius, and the US.

In popular culture[edit]

  • A gold colored version of the T-98 Kombat appears in the 2012 comedy The Dictator.
  • The T-98 Kombat also appears in the 2014 action movie The November Man.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the T-98 Kombat is introduced in the Gunrunning DLC under the name the Nightshark.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gary Spencer (November 6, 2009). "Dartz Kombat T-98 vs. Hummer H-1". Cnet.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  2. ^ Berg, Ivan; Nik Berg (2006). Top Gear Motor Mania. London: BBC Books. p. 57. ISBN 0-563-49362-3.

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