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At Partner 2019 in Belgrade TRB presented their new DESPOT vehicle, a prototype of which was revealed the National Day of the Republic of Srpska on January 9, 2019. DESPOT is a multi-purpose, highly protected, survivable, off-road 4×4 vehicle, jointly developed by TRB and the the Government of Srpska.

The vehicle’s ballistic protection corresponds to STANAG 4569 level 2, or optionally level 3. It is also protected from explosions of level 2a and 2b under STANAG 4569.

DESPOT is 6.05 m long, 2.70 m high and 2.56 wide. The maximum weight is 14 tonnes. The passenger area has a volume of 12 m3 and can comfortably accommodate 9 crew members. DESPOT can carry a payload of over 3 t. Maximum speed is more than 120 km/h, with the ability to overcome gradients of 50%, lateral gradients of 30%, vertical obstacles of 0.5 m, fording of 1.1 m, with an approach angle of 40° and departure angle of 43°. Engine power is 240 kW, with automatic transmission.

It has a driveline system with independent suspension, run-flat inserts, a central tire inflation system, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and various other equipment. It is able to operate at temperatures ranging from -30°C to +50°C. Two 240Ah generators supply the vehicle with electricity. According to the company, various weapon stations can be integrated into the vehicle.

Dorothee Frank