China is selling military all-terrain vehicles to the Russian Army

The Desertcross 1000-3 all-terrain vehicles, produced by Chinese manufacturers, have captured the attention of the Russian Ministry of Defense. These vehicles were prominently showcased to the Southern Military District. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally saw them while on a visit. The President was visiting the headquarters situated in Rostov-on-Don.

China is selling military all-terrain vehicles to the Russian Army
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The specifics of the Desertcross 1000-3 model were outlined in an exhibit, demonstrating that 537 units of the core model have been dispatched to troops, and an additional 1590 units—complete with optional extras—are slated for procurement. The baseline model fetches a price of roughly $14,000, which ascends to around $23,000 when decked out for governmental defense orders. 

The price range of the Desertcross 1000-3 aligns closely with that of the new UAZ Patriot – a vehicle manufactured in 2023. The Shandong Odes Industry company is credited with the creation of the Desertcross 1000-3, which forms part of their AODES series of practical all-terrain vehicles.

China is selling military all-terrain vehicles to the Russian Army
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What will it be used for?

The Russian military is preparing to utilize the Chinese Desertcross 1000-3 all-terrain vehicle in various capacities. Its functions will include reconnaissance, patrol operations, and raids. Additionally, it will play a significant role in search and rescue operations, particularly with the evacuation of injured or sick personnel in challenging terrain. 

Interestingly, the vehicle’s ability to transport supplies in harsh road and soil conditions has been highlighted as a notable feature. This capacity will prove invaluable against the ultimate adversary of army logistics – the relentless mud. 

The base model of this all-terrain vehicle resembles an open design, akin to a buggy or golf cart. However, it comes equipped with a soft cabin, accommodating an internal heater for efficient operation within local climates. The vehicle has been enhanced with a fortified front bumper fitted with rubber stoppers, offering extra layers of protection.


The Chinese All-Terrain Vehicle [ATV] boosts a payload that is more than 50% higher than its AM-1 counterpart. It offers the unique capability of transporting both the unwell and injured while ensuring that items secured in the front and back cargo beds are tightly fastened. 

This model comes with a declared weight of 1050 kg and a total weight of 1600 kg. Its load capacity is listed at 550 kg, and this impressive SUV has the ability to tow a trailer that weighs up to 300 kg. 

Under the hood, this model is powered by a liquid-cooled V-twin petrol engine with a capacity of 976 cm3. Despite its size, the engine packs a punch, producing a respectable 87 horsepower, which works in conjunction with a variation. 

Power and speed

The engine’s power is robust enough to propel an all-terrain vehicle, weighing in at a total of 1600 kg, to a top speed of 80 km/h on smooth asphalt roads. With a remarkable available mileage of 250 km, and the ability to conquer a ford of up to 0.4 meters, this vehicle comfortably accommodates up to three occupants. 

Now let’s talk about the civilian version of this all-terrain beast. You’ll enjoy the flexibility of operating in both 2×4 and 4×4 lock-in modes. When it comes to its dimensions, the vehicle measures 3339 mm in length, 1782 mm wide, and stands at an impressive 1935 mm in height.


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