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Yak Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle in Modern German Army Service
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


Tankograd Publishing has sent Armorama a review sample of one of their latest titles, this time it is from their Militarfahrzeug series and looks at the Yak Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle in a surprising number of guises. The following is the introduction of this title from the Tankograd Publishing website;

The Yak protected multipurpose vehicle is a consequent advancement of the DURO 3 already used by the German Bundeswehr. During development of the Yak, a lot of lessons learned by German troops during ISAF operations in Afghanistan immediately made it into its technical and logistical advancement. Although the Yak is one of the lesser known vehicles in Bundeswehr service, a wide range of variants has been introduced and are described in great detail in this publication:
Mobile Physician’s Group Vehicle, Military Police Operations, Military Police Water Gun, Military Police Prisoner Transport, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, LUNA Ground Control Station, LUNA Maintenance Kit, LUNA Net Landing Module, LUNA Transport Module.


This title from Tankograd Publishing is a duel language publication, German on the left hand side of the page and English on the right. Tankograd Publishing has supplied a considerable amount of text in this title which should make it appealing to both modellers and those interested in the vehicle itself. There are 16 and a bit pages of text in total which goes into detail on both specific variants of the vehicle and the vehicle in general. Below is a breakdown of the books layout;
  • YAK Development
  • DURO 3 Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle
  • YAK Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle
  • Basic Design Features
  • Multipurpose Module
  • Mobile Physician’s Group Vehicle
  • Military Police Operations
  • Military Police Water Gun
  • Military Police Prisoner Transport
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal
  • LUNA Ground Control Station
  • LUNA Maintenance Kit
  • LUNA Net Landing Module
  • LUNA Transport Module
  • Prototypes

The photographs in this book from Tankograd Publishing number 170 and are in full colour. Picture quality is of a very high standard and shows the vehicle both inside and out. Each of the images is also accompanied by a thorough caption explaining what you are looking at.


The Yak Armoured Multipurpose Vehicle in Modern German Army Service from Tankograd Publishing is a very complete titled squeezed into only 72 pages. I am unaware of a model being available of the YAK at this time, however I am also aware that there are a huge number of releases being both announced and released at a phenomenal rate. This book as of now should appeal to anyone with an interest in the Modern German Army, the YAK and DURO 3 and I am sure the modeller in the near future. This title is very informative and provides a great basic knowledge of both the vehicle and the tasks it can be equipped to deal with.
Highs: The book has a very good mix of written and visual information.
Lows: There are no low points that came to my attention.
Verdict: Well worth picking up for a future model release, or to sate your thirst for the German Military’s hardware.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: Nr. 5050
  Suggested Retail: €14.95
  PUBLISHED: Jul 13, 2014

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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