At this point, unlike in the cases of the armata, kurganets and bumerang platforms, is very uncertain, even very unlikely, to see standard tank or motor infantry units of the Russian Army equiped with light wheeled vehicles as combat warfare. This is not happening. A good number of light wheeled vehicles are failing in the tests, or in other steps previous to the official adoption, and the reasons for it are structural, not things that can be solved with minor design changes.
It is obvious that the industry is spending in to develop these vehicles (maybe too much), and they want a commercial way for them at least in Russian security forces and for the export markets. Then it will not be public rejections of them that can damage their image for external markets, but at same time, there are not public reports of these vehicles being officially adopted for combat purposes, and there are not public reports of these vehicles being ordered and delivered for the Russian Armed Forces for combat purposes. We can not expect public rejections, but we are not having public positive official news, and this is what matter, to see them in service with the Russian Armed Forces.
Potential uses for the light semiarmoured trucks:
- Some operations of light military transport in non-contested areas.
- Security forces that work in non-contested areas.
- Export markets.
GarryB wrote:Typhoon will be a 4x4 or 6x6 vehicle family with unified engines and transmissions and systems and will basically replace the BRDM type vehicle family.
With the increasing use of drones, and of land robots, land reconnaissance vehicles like the BRDM-2 are losing place for operations in the front-line with the Russian armed forces. I think that vehicles of the same platform used by every unit will take the reconnaisance works that be not covered by drones or land robots, like it was done before with BTR-80, BMP-1 or BMP-3 reconnaissance variants. I do not think the Typhoon vehicles are oriented to replace the BRDM-2. I do not know where you see it. This is not happening now. The 6x6 Typhoon today seem more oriented to transport of soldiers and/or cargo in contested/combat areas.
Also, as I commented with you other times, vehicles of different weight class share not chasis, engines or transmissions because of a number of reasons. If you doubt about it, you can see in the following links how the 3 first Typhoon variants, that are 6x6 and of the same weight class have all engines of 450hp (likely the same), while the 4x4 Typhoon vehicle (the last) seem to have an engine of 350hp, which obviously would be different.
GarryB wrote:First of all if Tigr can carry Kornet in the AT role why not Typhoon?
A MT-LB, BRDM-2, Tigr or Typhoon 4x4 with a Kornet mounted is a MT-LB, BRDM-2, Tigr or Typhoon 4x4 with a Kornet mounted. It makes not them "Anti-tank vehicles". Like a ZSU-23-2 mounted on a Toyota makes not the Toyota an anti-aircraft vehicle.
GarryB wrote:I have not seen any weight information for 4x4 or 6x6 typhoons.
In the previous links and in other sources the information is offered. Maybe this is why you keep thinking that the Typhoons are light vehicles.