The Didgori Armoured Medical Evacuation Vehicle (AMEV) is a Georgian-made medical armoured personnel carrier developed by the “STC DELTA” research center of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and part of the Didgori-series APC family currently constructed in five baseline variants. Didgori 2 is designed with malty purpose capabilities in mind, there for it is a good solution not only for the armies seeking cost effective, highly protected. The Didgori Didgori Medevac is assembled on and around the chassis of US Ford Super Duty F-550 heavy duty pickup trucks with V8 Power Stroke Turbo Diesel engines and power-assisted hydraulic steering.
The product basis choice has proven very effective during trials and in the field on various types of terrain. The vehicle base version is not amphibious – although such a variant is an option, but can move in up to 1m deep water. Equipped with thermal imaging cameras front and rear view of FLIR Systems. Information from the cameras is displayed on the three displays: one for the driver, one for the commander and one for the infantry team, established with a system of night vision and also with a special navigation system GPS.
The max. speed on paved roads is 120–140 km/h and reduced to 80 km/h on terrain. Acceleration from 0–100 km/h is achieved in 22 seconds. The cruising range at 60 km/h is 500 km. Each unit has at least one 20 L fuel can in reserve. The vehicle can operate at temperatures ranging from -32 °C to +55 °C and remains unaffected by heavy meteorological conditions. The wheels consist of Hutchinson 12r20 mpt80 type tyres which have a run flat capability of 50 km at 50 km/h. The Didgori has 400mm ground clearance and is able to climb slopes at a 60% gradient and drive sideways along a slope at a 40% gradient.
The construction of the armored medical evacuation vehicle is assembled with armored steel plates – in double layer construction and provides all-around protection according to EN1063 B7+ Standard for the crew located in front, rear medical compartment and engine compartment. The base of the vehicle is manufactured from the layer of armored steel – while the protection level is further enhanced by an add-on armor panels – which can be easily removed or replaced – for replacement of damaged panes, upgrade/downgrade of vehicle protection level, etc. Armor plates provide protection from 7.62 mm armor-piercing bullets shot from near distance and artillery shell fragments.