The Dozor-B armoured personnel carrier (APC) was developed by the SOE KMDB as a private venture. The first example of the APC was repeatedly demonstrated at specialised exhibitions and presentations in Ukraine and arose a considerable interest among experts and potential customers.
Apart from the driver, commander and gunner, the vehicle can accommodate up to eight troops, with the protection of the vehicle crew being paid much attention to. The armoured hull ensures protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. The special shape, double bottom, improved fasteners of seats, the front wheels positioned far afore of the driver's position and armoured bulkhead between the engine and the crew compartment provide a reliable protection against mines. The vehicle is also fitted with an collective NBC protection system and a fire suppression system.
The new version of the vehicle is powered by a diesel engine that meets the EURO-3 – Deutz BF 4M 1013FC requirements and develops 190 hp with a maximum torque of 700 Nm. The engine is united in one assembly with the Allison 1000LCT automatic hydraulic-and-mechanical transmission, which features five forward gears and one reverse gear.
The Dozor-B can form a basis for a family of specialist vehicles, including:
- armoured personnel carrier
- radiation and chemical agent detection vehicle
- general purpose vehicle etc.
The Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (KMDB) is a state enterprise, which is now Ukraine's leading design authority for armoured fighting vehicles and used to play a key role in the development of armoured tracked vehicles in the former Soviet Union.
The contemporary activities of the KMDB are distinguished by three main factors:
- the ability to offer customers a wide range of armoured vehicles and other products for both military and civil use, as well as obsolete vehicle upgrade packages
- the provision of equipment closely tailored to customer's individual requirements
- the availability of long-term support for the end user