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IAG unveils vastly improved Rila 8x8

12th June 2022 - 10:15 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Rila 8x8-B pictured during the recent Hemus defence exhibition in Bulgaria. (Photo: Krassimir Grozev)

A new-look Rila armoured vehicle will be offered for the Bulgarian 8x8 IFV procurement programme, says manufacturer International Armored Group.

The International Armored Group (IAG) displayed a significantly improved version of its all-new 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle on 1-4 June during the Hemus defence exhibition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

An initial prototype of the vehicle was shown for the first time at IDEX 2021 in February but now it was displayed in a much-improved form, dubbed Rila 8x8-B.

The main emphasis in the altered design is on reducing the weight by nearly 1,000kg, which in turn should increase mobility.

The Rila 8x8 was demonstrated at Hemus with a Guardian 30 remote weapons station (RWS) from Spanish company Escribano. It comes equipped as

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