Yugoimport SDPR unveiled its new Lazanski 8×8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) armed with Russian-made 57 mm AU-220M Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) at the Partner 2021 international defence exhibition in Belgrade on 11-14 October. The vehicle is a modified version of the Lazar-3. Lazanski is armed with an Automatic cannon 57 mm, Machine gun 7.62 mm. It can shoot 80 bullets per minute. The main difference between Lazar and Lazanski is the presence of the multi-purpose cannon, complete armor without windows and increased range (14km) in Lazanski. The 57-mm cannon uses penetrating ammunition, which is extremely powerful and can penetrate the armor of light tanks.
AU-220M RCWS armed with BM-57 57mm automatic cannon, developed by CRI Burevestnik and proposed by Uralvagonzavod. The Fire Control System (FCS) controls the operations of target detection and identification, gun laying and firing of the 57mm automatic gun and 7.62mm machine-gun when firing from a halt, on the move and on the float in any combat enviroment. The FCS is equipped with a sight unit, comprising a combined sight with thermal-imaging and TV channels, a laser-finder and independent dual-axis field of view stabilization. Automatic gun can fire two types of unitary 57 mm ammunition: 53-UBR-281U Armor-piercing Tracer Round and 53-ERM-281U Fragmentation Tracer Round.
The Lazar 3 is the latest version of the Lazar armored vehicle family of armed personnel carriers. Lazar 3 has a highly sophisticated, modular ballistic protection. The hull is made of armored steel and can be fitted with a spall liner. The applied ballistic protection can be tailored to the specific needs of the user and allows for application of additional state-of-the-art ballistic protection technologies throughout the vehicle service life. The vehicle floor has two levels of anti-mine protection. Four versions of Lazar 3 are developed: Armed with 12.7mm machine-gun RCWS, Armed with 20mm auto-cannon M-55 RCWS Kerber, Launcher of RALAS missiles, and Ambulance.
The driver and commander are positioned in the front of the vehicle. They can use side doors for the entrance and exit. Above their seats are hatches, the driver’s hatch having a three position lock: one position being designed for locking the cover while driving with the open hatch. The driver and the commander have each three periscopes available for their use in the vehicle. The driver’s seat is ergonomic and adjustable in vertical and horizontal planes. The steering column is also adjustable by height and angle. The crew compartment is located in the rear of the vehicle and provides enough space for various missions.