I do feel that this armored vehicle which is in direct competition with the IVECO LMV requires a separate thread like the IVECO. So here is it for the VPK-3927 Volk (Wolf) with an article from Autoreview.
I'm not aware of the very latest that has happened in the light armored vehicle selection. But my strong feeling is against going for the IVECO LMV. Licence manufacturing will not just sideline the Russia's own light armored vehicles, but it will also send a negative image regarding the failure of the Russian manufactures to come up with a competitive product which will affect the likely sales in the international market also. But the first likely outcome of selection of IVECO will be claims by the western fanboys as to how bad in shape the Russian industries are.
The competitor to the IVECO LMV are the GAZ Tigr and VPK-3927 Volk (Wolf), both of which have good spec compared to the IVECO LMV.
Autoreview article on the Wolf - Wolf, brother of Tiger
I did not post the translate as translation is not very accurate.
YMZ-534 is installed longitudinally. GAZ Tiger earlier had a 3.2 litre inline-6 engine with a power of 197kW & a torque of 45kgm. After the moron Bo Anderson came as CEO of GAZ group, he probably was the sole hand behind ending the Russian R&D and powerplant development. Hs is the guy who is destroying GAZ from inside. First of his mission was to strip the "RED" from GAZ logo, he made it black, blue and now probably its plain background. The decision of licensee producing the outdated garbage from GM in the form of Sibir sedan made GAZ a laughing stock. And in all probability he was the sole hand in ousting the earlier 3.2 liter engine from the GAZ Tiger and made the way for the Cummins. That too when GAZ could have updated and improved the engine even further internally or by collaborating with AVL of Austria.
Chief Designer of Volk, Alexander Lebedev.
The beast showcases its 250mm-550mm ground clearance with fully lowered suspension & with fully raised position (below). Volk have the highest GC among the three armored vehicles.
Comparison chart for Volk, Tiger & IVECO
From the autoreview comparison chart we can see that both the Tiger & Wolf are heavier than the IVECO by 300kg, but both these Russian beasts also have a higher load carrying capacity than the IVECO's armored vehicle. The YMZ-534 engine is little heavy compared the cummins engine and it can be seen in the comparison chart. The weight difference for the Volk & Tiger is the contribution of the YMZ engine and the related transmission. But nothing to worry and within acceptable range and the higher power output of the YMZ engine probably will nullyfy it. Hope they will reduce the weight of the YMZ & its transmission in the next series.
VPK-3927 have load capacity of 1.5 tons
VPK-39273 & VPK-39272 (below) have a load capacity of 2.5 tons
Other links to the Wolf