The International Armored Group (IAG) redesigned Rila 8×8 armoured vehicle is a major improvement over the first prototype presented at IDEX 2021. The new improved model featuring a new turret and redesigned hull showcased at resented significant refinement to the vehicle’s design. The RILA 8×8 IFV can be armored up to STANAG 4569 LEVEL 4. It produces over 500HP with a powerful 13.0L diesel engine and can be driven over 105km/h and maintain a cruising range of 720KM depending on driving conditions. The RILA 8×8 is equipped with blast attenuation seats which can sit up to eleven (11) fully geared personnel including the driver and commander.
The new design showcased the Rila 8×8 in an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) configuration, utilising the Spanish-made Guardian 30 remotely operated weapon system armed with the MK44 Bushmaster II 30 mm cannon. The turret is equipped with 12 smoke grenade launchers, Elbit laser-warning receivers, a meteorological sensor, and a PILAR acoustic array. The gunner and commander each have a fully stabilised third-generation thermal sight with CCD TV cameras, with the commander’s panoramic sight located on the turret’s roof. The Guardian 30 features a laser rangefinder and is suitable for hunter-killer operations.
The Rila utilises a chassis design with the engine in the front centre of the hull, the driver and commander between the first and second axles. The forward engine configuration, now largely standard for 8×8s, provides additional protection for the driver and commander, and enables the rear of the vehicle to be used for multiple purposes. In the IFV configuration the vehicle can accommodate a driver, commander, gunner, and eight dismounts in the rear compartment. The vehicle is 7.6 m long, 2.45 m wide, and 2.6 m high. Its combat weight is 28 tonnes, although a gross vehicle weight of 32 tonnes is possible, with a maximum permissible load of nine tonnes per axle,
International Armored Group is a quality conscious armored vehicle manufacturer with over 25 years of experience specializing in the fields of design, engineering, prototyping and manufacturing of armored commercial and tactical vehicles; armored components; and ballistic glass and framing systems, with locations in the United States of America, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Turkiye, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Iraq and Pakistan. IAG’s engineering department has over 60 years of combined experience in design and manufacturing of armored vehicles. The company production facilities allow the teams of highly skilled engineers and technicians to convert any vehicle platform into a fully re-engineered protective vehicle.