Lazar 3

Lazar 3 is the latest version of the Lazar armored vehicle family of armed personnel carriers. It is designed for various applications and missions.

Lazar III multi-role military vehicle
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Lazar 3 with 12.7mm RCWS
TypeArmored personnel carrier
Place of originSerbia
Production history
ManufacturerComplex Battle System factory in Velika Plana, Serbia
No. built60+
Massup to 28,000 kg (62,000 lb)
Length7.92 m (26.0 ft)
Width2.95 m (9 ft 8 in)
Height2.32 m (7 ft 7 in)
Crew3 (+9 passengers)

ArmorLevel V (frontal)/IV(sides) STANAG and smoke grenade launchers for protection
30 mm auto-cannon for IFV or 12.7 RCWS
7.62mm gun and AT missiles for IFV version or none
500 hp (370 kW)
Suspension8×8 wheeled independent suspension
800 km (500 mi)
Maximum speed 110 km/h (68 mph)


Lazar 3 has a highly sophisticated, modular ballistic protection. The hull is made of armored steel and can be fitted with a spall liner. The applied ballistic protection can be tailored to the specific needs of the user and allows for application of additional state-of-the-art ballistic protection technologies throughout the vehicle service life. The vehicle floor has two levels of anti-mine protection.

The power train is accommodated in the front right-side of the vehicle in a protected space completely separated from the crew. The central transfer case transmits the torque to all wheels that have independent suspension and provide for the vehicle’s high mobility. All the shafts provide power, while the first two steer the wheels.

The driver and commander are positioned in the front of the vehicle. They can use side doors for the entrance and exit. Above their seats are hatches, the driver’s hatch having a three position lock: one position being designed for locking the cover while driving with the open hatch. The driver and the commander have each three periscopes available for their use in the vehicle. The driver’s seat is ergonomic and adjustable in vertical and horizontal planes. The steering column is also adjustable by height and angle. The crew compartment is located in the rear of the vehicle and provides enough space for various missions. This part of the vehicle can be accessed through the rear ramp, through the two doors embedded in this ramp or through the big hatches on the vehicle roof. The ramp is hydraulic-operated by way of the power train. It can be activated both from the driver’s compartment and the crew compartment.

The number of the crew depends on the type of a mission and the weapons used in the vehicle. When the vehicle is equipped with the remote control weapon station (RCWS), the vehicle should be manned with 12 troops (commander, driver, gunner + 9 soldiers), while the version with a turret would be manned with one soldier less.[1] 


The baseline Lazar III 8x8 is unarmed, but vehicle can be equipped with various weapons, ranging from a 12.7 mm machine gun RCWS to a 30 mm cannon turret fitted onto the roof.

Electric drive

  • Control electronics subsystem
  • Electric drive subsystem
  • Absolute encoders which determine the weapon position
  • Control stick

Characteristics of the electric drive

  • In azimuth nx360º, max. speed 55º per second
  • In elevation -10º to 60º, max. speed 30º per second
  • Accuracy of laying - less than 1 mil

Technical characteristicsEdit

  • Length: 7920mm
  • Width: 2950mm
  • Height (without turret): 2320mm
  • Clearance: 420mm
  • Approach angle: 45°
  • Departure angle: 38°
  • Wheel base: 2530mm
  • Spacing between axles: 1500mm-1800mm-1450mm
  • Engine space: 5m³
  • Crew space: 15m³
  • Combat weight (depending of mission and protection): 22-26t
  • Max. weight: 28t


  • Maximum speed: 110 km/h
  • Gradient: 60%
  • Side slope: 30%
  • Vertical obstacles: max 0.55 m
  • Trench: 2 m
  • Turning radius: 11,5 m
  • Fording: 1.6 m


  • All-around ballistic protection level 3 Stanag 4569. Vehicle front-end protection level 3+ Stanag 4569.
  • Anti-mine protection levels 3a and 3b Stanag 4569

Additional protection (at the request of the user)

  • All-around ballistic protection level 4 Stanag 4569
  • Ballistic protection of the vehicle front level 5 Stanag 4569


  • Engine Cummins ISM 500 (11 liters, 373kW/500HP, 2102Nm peak torque) [3]
  • Gearbox fully automatic
  • Transfer case
  • Suspension
  • Wheels
  • Braking system
  • Steering system
  • Electric system
  • Hydraulic system
  • Air - Conditioning system
  • Additional equipment:
    • Cental tire inflation system (CTIS)
    • Winch, 10t
    • Automatic firefighting system
    • Intercom system
    • Vehicle video system
    • Smoke pot launchers
    • Glass washing system


Currently there are 4 different versions of Lazar 3 developed

  • Armed with 12.7mm machine-gun RCWS
  • Armed with 20mm auto-cannon M-55 RCWS Kerber
  • Launcher of RALAS missiles
  • Ambulance



Current operatorsEdit


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