ARO 241 AG-9 Carrier

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Description:
ARO is a Romanian off-road vehicle manufacturing company which has produced many vehicles for both civilian, and military use primarily within Romania. For the military, these vehicles are used for a wide range of roles which you may expect for jeep-like vehicles such as the ones produced by ARO, some examples being: scouting, medical transport, troop transport, command vehicles, and in the case of this post: an anti-tank vehicle. The vehicle in question is the ARO 241, which is characterized as: “a 4 door soft top five seater model”. With this vehicle being apart of the ARO 24, which was born due to the communist party wanting a unique off-road vehicle, and not the GAZ 69’s ARO had been license producing prior. The ARO 24 series of off-road vehicles which was manufactured in 1969, and produced from 1972 all the way up to the company going bankrupt in 2006. The ARO 24 series of vehicles had used a long list of engines, some petrol, some diesel, and some turbodiesel, as well as a variety of different transmissions, including 4 speed manual, 4 speed automatic, and 5 speed manual, and unfortunately, though some sources do provide a detailed list of the exact models of engines used in the ARO 24s, it doesn’t specify which one(s) were used by the ARO 241 specifically. However the vehicle does look to be of the later models which were produced from 1991-2006, which uses a 5 speed manual transmission, and a Cosworth 4L engine, so as an educated guess, and for the sake of simplicity, that is what I will have listed in the specifications section. If I got any of this wrong please correct me in the comments.

Images below are of the ARO 241:

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As the title of the suggestion implies, this specific variant of ARO 241 was armed with a 73mm AG-9 recoilless rifle, which is the Romanian designation for a license produced version SPG-9 manufactured by RomArm. the AG-9 can fire up to 6 rounds per minute, and is capable of penetrating 300-600mm of RHA depending on the HEAT-FS round used and has a maximum effective range of 800 meters

Image below showing some AG-9s being used by Romanian infantry:

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The image of the ARO 241 AG-9 carriers i have posted at the very top of this suggestion were were apart of KFOR, and the picture was taken in 2003. Unfortunately beyond that I don’t know anything else about this specific variant of the ARO 241, and that image was the only one I could find, so if anyone knows more about this variant, or know of anymore pictures of this variant, please let me know.

Why it should be added:
If a Romanian tech/sub-tech tree is ever added to war thunder, this vehicle would serve as a great tank destroyer, similar in performance to vehicles such as the Fiat 6614, which this vehicle sacrificing armor, and an exposed crew in exchange for very high mobility, and a powerful armament.

ARO 24 (1991-2006) specifications:

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ENGINE SPECS - COSWORTH 4L
Cylinders: V6
Displacement: 4000 cm3
Power: 152 KW @ 5250 RPM
207 HP @ 5250 RPM
204 BHP @ 5250 RPM
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
320 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System: Multipoint Injection
Fuel: Gasoline

PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed: 112 mph (180 km/h)

TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type: All Wheel Drive
Gearbox: Manual, 5 Speed

BRAKES SPECS
Front: Ventilated Discs
Rear: Drums

TIRES SPECS
Tire Size: 235/75 R15

DIMENSIONS
Length: 162.9 in (4138 mm)
Width: 69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height: 73.1 in (1857 mm)
Front/rear Track: 58.1/58.1 in (1,476/1,476 mm)
Wheelbase: 92.5 in (2350 mm)

WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight: 3792 lbs (1720 kg)
Gross Weight Limit: 5545 lbs (2515 kg)

AG-9 Specifications:

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  • Origin: Soviet Union
  • Type: Recoilless rifle
  • Crew: 2 to 4
  • Lifespan: Reusable launcher
  • Weight: 47.5 kg (gun), 12.0 kg (tripod)
  • Length: 2.11 m
  • Width: 0.99 m
  • Height: 0.80 m
  • Diameter: 73 mm
  • Warhead type: Various warheads available
  • Rate of fire: 5 to 6 rpm
  • Penetration: Depends on warhead, 300 to 600 mm RHA for HEAT-FS
  • Velocity: 435 m/s for HEAT-FS, 316 m/s for HE-Frag
  • Range: 800 m direct fire, 1.3 km max for HEAT, 4.5 km max for HE-Frag
  • Sights: PGO-9 4x optical sight
  • Night sight: PGN-9 passive night sight (optional)
  • Field mount: Collapsible tripod, Detachable wheels optional
  • Tripod firing arc: 30° total traverse

Sources:

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https://tanks-encyclopedia.com/dacia-duster_td/
All ARO 24 Series Models by Year (1972-2006) - Specs, Pictures & History - autoevolution
ARO 24 Series - Wikipedia
73mm SPG-9 | Weaponsystems.net

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+1 as a TD for a Romanian sub-tree.