The Uzbek armed forces displayed their new Russian-made Taifun-K K-53949 4×4 mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles at a military parade held on 5 May at the Chirchik range in Uzbekistan’s northeastern Tashkent Region.
Four of these MRAPs were paraded in the baseline configuration without any armament or remotely operated weapon stations (ROWSs).
A Russian military-diplomatic source told Jane’s that Uzbekistan has become the first foreign operator of these vehicles. “The country has received a batch of no less than five Taifun-K MRAPs that will be operated by Uzbek airborne troops and, probably, special forces. We do not rule out the possibility of equipping those platforms with Russian-designed weapons or ROWSs,” said the source, without providing further details.