The Defense Express reported, Ukraine’s new Otaman 6×6 infantry fighting vehicle has completed one of the initial trial stages in offroad tests. The Otaman 6×6 is a armoured fighting vehicle produced by the Ukraine manufacturer NGO Practika and presented for the first time at the Indian Defexpo in 2016, followed by the Otaman 8×8 in the Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kiev in 2017. This IFVcan also be used as am armored personnel carrier (APC ) and also an ambulance.
The Otaman 6×6 boasts of the enhanced armor protection, NATO-standard mine protection system, a large reserve of load capacity (to install additional composite armor and heavy equipment, such as a combat module), modularity, maximum mobility, and high degree of digitization, according to Defense Express. The new vehicle provides high-level anti-mine (STANAG 4569) and ballistic protection (STANAG lvl 2 to STANAG lvl 4 with new armor modules) due to its monocoque steel hull. The hull is also fully protected from biological and chemical threats. The 453mm ground clearance protects the crew from mines.
The Otaman 6×6 is based on the BTR-60 APC. It is powered by a single 320 hp and has a torque of 1250 N⋅m. The amphibious 23-tonne vehicle can run at a maximum road speed of 110 kmh with a maximum cruising range of 800 km, carrying a crew of 10 including commander, driver, and eight soldiers. The engine is placed at the front of the vehicle for the sake of better ergonomics and efficiency. It has a length of 6,7 meters and it weighs 16 tons. It can carry 3 members of the crew(commander, driver and gunner) and 10 army personnel. It is mainly produced for the ukrainian army but also for the export.