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Burraq MRAP vehicle
Type Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle
Place of origin Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
Production history
Designer Heavy Industries Taxila
Designed Under development (2009 - )
Manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila
Specifications
Weight 8-10 tonnes [1]
Crew 2 (commander, driver) +10 (passengers) [2]

Armour B7 Plus protection against 12.7 mm bullets fired from a distance of 200 m
IED Protection (upto 10 kgs)
Primary
armament
.50-caliber heavy machine gun [1]
Secondary
armament
4 smoke grenades (2 at front , 2 at rear) [2]
Engine Isuzu NPS-75 [2]
150 hp (110 kW) [2]
Power/weight 15-18 hp / tonne
Transmission Manual (5Fwd 1 Rev)
Automatic (Optional)
Suspension Hydraulic dampers , Leaf springs with telescopic shock absorbers
Ground clearance 0.21 m (0.68 ft)
Fuel capacity 100 Liters [2]

Burraq (Urdu language: براق‎ ) is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle currently being developed by Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) of Pakistan.[1] It is a 4x4 Protected vehicle based on the chassis of the Isuzu NPS-75 commercial truck so as to reduce the cost and facilitate the delivery of spare parts. In appearance, the Burraq is quite similar to the Wildcat MRAP, developed by the Israel Military Industries (IMI).[3]

DevelopmentEdit

Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) commenced the development of the Burraq MRAP in 2009 to meet Pakistan Army's requirement for cheaper Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle's as lack of financial resources hampered its plans to acquire protected vehicles from United States, Germany and Turkey.[1][4]

The Burraq was first seen on Pakistan state media briefly in February 2010.[5]

In June 2011, International Defence Review reported that five prototypes / pre-production models of the Burraq MRAP were completed for trails & development work by Heavy Industries Taxila.[6]

On 19 March 2013, Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) announced that its Burraq MRAP Vehicle was nearing the end of its prototype phase and would be unveiled in next three to four months.[1]

In October 2013, a spokesman of Heavy Industries Taxila said, “Burraq is on hold,” but gave no reason.[7]

DesignEdit

ArmamentEdit

The Burraq MRAP Vehicle is armed with a remote controlled .50-caliber heavy machine gun.[1] It also has 4 smoke grenades (2 at front, 2 at rear) used to create smoke screens or to provide opportunity for movement over ground covered by fire.[2]

MobilityEdit

The Burraq MRAP is powered by an Isuzu NPS-75 engine delivering 150 horsepower (110 kW). The Isuzu NPS-75 engine originally drives a manual transmission with an option of automatic transmission also. Capable of manual and automatic power-shifting, the transmission has 5 forward and 1 reverse speed(s).[2]

The suspension consists of hydraulic dampers and leaf springs with telescopic shock absorbers, who's role is to provide a stable firing platform while the vehicle is moving at speed over rough terrain particularly in North-West Pakistan.[3][8]

The vehicle weighs around 8−10 tonnes and has a power-to-weight ratio of 15-18 hp/tonne.

ProtectionEdit

  • Protection against IED's: The Burraq MRAP Vehicle can withstand IED blasts of up to 10 kg.[1] It uses a V-shaped hull & raised crew compartment to increase vehicle & crew survivability by deflecting an upward directed blast from an IED (or landmine) away from the vehicle.[5] The occupants sit on blast mitigating seats.
  • Protection against bullets up to 12.7 mm caliber: The troops compartment of the Burraq MRAP Vehicle provides B7 Plus Protection against 12.7 mm caliber rounds fired from a distance of 200 m.[2] It can be fitted with add-on armor to withstand 14.5 mm caliber rounds.[5]

Carrying CapacityEdit

The Burraq MRAP can carry 12 passengers including a crew of two (Commander, driver).[2][8]

It can also be used to transport military supplies to areas having rough terrain.

ExportEdit

Pakistan wants to offer the Burraq MRAP vehicle for export, apparently hoping to gain market share based on low price.[1][4]

Potential OperatorsEdit

Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Ansari, Usman (19 March 2013). "Pakistan To Unveil MRAP Vehicle". http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130319/DEFREG04/303190011/Pakistan-Unveil-MRAP-Vehicle. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Burraq MRAP - Specifications (Document)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ansari, Usman (31 January 2011). "War in Frontier Drives Pakistan's Efforts To Boost Protection". http://www.defensenews.com/article/20110131/DEFFEAT06/101310313/War-Frontier-Drives-Pakistan-s-Efforts-Boost-Protection. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Pakistan Builds A Mystery MRAP". strategypage.com. http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htarm/articles/20110210.aspx. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Defence Industry of Pakistan HIT will unveil the new MRAP Burraq in next few months". armyrecognition.com. 20 March 2013. http://www.armyrecognition.com/march_2013_news_defence_army_military_industry_uk/defence_industry_of_pakistan_hit_will_unveiled_the_new_mrap_burraq_in_the_next_few_months_2003133.html. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  6. "Pakistan develops new 4x4 APC". articles.janes.com. 28 June 2011. http://articles.janes.com/articles/International-Defence-Review-2011/Pakistan-develops-new-4x4-APC.html. Retrieved 20 March 2013. [dead link]
  7. Ansari, Usman (20 October 2013). "Pakistan Struggles To Fund Counterinsurgency Vehicles". http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131020/SHOWSCOUT04/310200010/Pakistan-Struggles-Fund-Counterinsurgency-Vehicles. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Pakistani MRAP: Burraq". 6 July 2011. http://topwar.ru/5465-pakistanskiy-mrap-burraq.html. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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