BOV M16 Miloš | The 4×4 Tactical Vehicle of the National Guard
Defence Redefined
Published on 08/02/2022 at 20:38

The BOV M16 4×4 Miloš (Milosh) is an MRAP-type (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) multi-purpose armored vehicle.

The vehicle, fully developed by the Serbian state-owned defence company Yugoimport SDPR, offers increased level of protection against landmines, small arms fire and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). 

This wheeled combat vehicle can carry out a wide range of missions for both the law enforcement services and the Armed Forces. 

The concept behind the design of the vehicle is based on a self-supporting hull (Monocoque), modern drive and transmission assemblies, and an independent suspension system that ensures high mobility in any terrain and under any weather conditions.

The vehicle can be used in patrol and reconnaissance missions, as a command vehicle, for transportation and support to special operation units as well as in anti-guerrilla and anti-terrorism operations.

The vehicle is available -among others- and in the following versions:

  • Command vehicle
  • Vehicle for the artillery joint tactical units
  • Vehicle for anti-tank operations
  • Artillery reconnaissance – command vehicle with the integrated artillery electronic direction finder and other optoelectronic systems for surveillance and fire control
  • Ambulance vehicle
  • Vehicle with anti-tank launchers

Also read: The unmanned ground vehicle “Small Milos” in the service of the Serbian Armed Forces | Infographics – VIDEO

The Miloš V-type hull is made of armored sheet steel, while in its basic version it ensures a very high level of ballistic protection (Level III on the front side and Level II on the other sides as per NATO standard Stanag 4569) as well as a high level of anti-mine protection (Levels IIa and IIb as per STANAG 4569). 

The “Run Flat” tyres together with a central tire inflation system allow the vehicle to reach a mobility of up to 50 km in case the tyres are seriously damaged.

The National Guard currently has 8 Miloš vehicles placed to the artillery units equipped with the Nora B52KE “Alexander The Great” System (TGS) self propelled howitzers. These vehicles are used for the needs of the artillery batteries as fire control posts.

Technical characteristics of BOV M16 Miloš 4×4 vehicles:

  • Weight: 12,000 to 14,000 kg
  • Maximum Speed: 110+ km/h 
  • Length: 5.45m
  • Width: 2.51m
  • Height: 2.30m
  • Crew: Up to 8 people
  • Engine: CUMMINS ISB 300 diesel 300 hp mated with an Allison 3500SP automatic transmission system with 6 forward and 1 reverse gear 
  • Armament: One M15-type Remotely Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) (National Guard version) with a 12.7 mm upgraded NSV machine gun and electro-optical equipment. Alternatively, it may come with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher, six 82 mm smoke launchers, long-range guided anti-tank missile, or air defence systems
  • The vehicle provides protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical agents, and it features air-conditioning, an additional modular ballistic protection capability, a high-resolution CCTV camera, a thermal imaging camera, and a laser rangefinder.
  • Hydraulic ramp at the rear for quick crew exit

The Yugoimport SDPR M15 Remotely Controlled Station, with which the National Guard’s vehicles are equipped, features, among other things, protection of the armament station and an optoelectronic system consisting of:

  • Laser rangefinder: with a range between 80-5000 meters
  • Day Camera with optical zoom X 36
  • Thermal camera operating in a 7.5 – 13.5 m range

Its total weight is 280 kg and can be optionally equipped with a two-axis stabilization system.

Tactical wheeled combat vehicles are a very useful “tool” for Mechanized and other units and a good choice for a replacement for the Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) currently in service with the National Guard such as the VAB (VTT version). 

In the following article, you can find more information about EODH’s first Greek-made wheeled vehicle “HOPLITE”.

Also read: EODH | Demonstration and trial of “HOPLITE” before Hellenic Army General Staff personnel – Photos





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