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Yak 6x6 Armored Multipurpose Vehicle

Mobile Physician's Group Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: Germany
First Produced/Service Dates: 2005
Manufactured by: General Dynamics European Land Systems (was MOWAG GmbH) and Rheinmetall Landsysteme GmbH
Crew: 2+12 (Base Vehicle- Varies by Mission)
Armament: Various Weapon Systems; Including the Kongsberg Remote Weapons System (RWS) with 12.7mm HMG or 40mm Automatic Grenade Launcher.
Engine: (6) Cylinder Diesel
Miscellaneous Info: The Yak Armored Multipurpose Vehicle is an upgraded and improved version of the Duro IIIP Protected Tactical/Armored Multirole Vehicle series, used exclusively by the Germans.  The Yak is also based on the successful Duro III (DUrable & RObust) 6x6 truck series and employs a modular component concept, combining a standard cab and automotive component structure with a multitude of different armor and multirole modules which can be adapted to the unique mission requirements of individual users' needs and missions. 

However, the Yak's performance and capabilities have been substantially improved based upon German experiences during ISAF operations in Afghanistan.  Improvements and upgrades include frame/chassis reinforcement, mine/ballistic protection increased, NBC overpressure system improved, new engine cooling system added, rear-view camera added and heightened cab fitted.  These changes have led to a slightly larger Yak vehicle when compared to the earlier Duro IIIP. Most notably, the Yak is heavier at 13,500 kg (vs. 12,500 kg for the Duro) and slightly taller in height (one of the visual identifying features).  

At present, the German Bundeswehr has a multitude of Yak variants in service including Explosive Ordnance Disposal Vehicle, LUNA (UAV) Ground Control Station, LUNA Maintenance Kit Module, LUNA Net Landing Module, LUNA Transport Module, Military Police Operations Vehicle, Military Police Prisoner Transport Module, Military Police Water Gun Module and Mobile Physician's Group Vehicle (BAT). Also, there are possible plans to field a Biological Labratory and Mobile Protected Long-Distance Reconnaissance Vehicle as well.  Incidentally, you should also note that some of the earlier German Duro IIIP vehicles have been subsequently upgraded to some Yak vehicle-level performance standards.

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  Duro IIIP (Left) & Yak (Right) Mobile Physician's Group Vehicles (Ambulance) Photo Bundeswehr (German Military Forces)
  Yak Armored Multipurpose Vehicle Photo Bundeswehr
  Yak LUNA Net Landing Module Vehicle Photo Bundeswehr
  Yak LUNA Ground Control Station OR Maintenance Kit Vehicle? Photo Bundeswehr
Yak Mobile Physician's Group Vehicle (Ambulance) Photos Bundeswehr

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Yak Armored Multipurpose Vehicle Information and Photos Military Today.Com Website
Yak Armored Multipurpose Vehicle Photos (Listed as a Duro IIIP) Prime Portal Website (Via Ulrich Wrede)


Reference Author
YAK: The YAK Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle in Modern German Army Service (Tankograd Publishing)

Book Review by Patrick Keenan at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society (AMPS) Website
Ralph Zwilling

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