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A New 8x8 Armoured Personnel Carrier Developed in Ukraine

Category: Defence Industry

BTR-4 8x8 armoured personnel carrier

The State-owned Enterprise Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (SOE KMDB) has unveiled its new development BTR-4 8x8 armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Aviasvit'2006 exhibition held on a military aerodrome near Kyiv.

The BTR-4 was developed and manufactured as a private venture. The developers hope that the vehicle will be of interest to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence as well as to foreign customers.

The new Ukrainian APC has a conventional layout with the driver's and commander's compartment at the front part of the hull, the engine and transmission compartment in the middle, and the troop compartment at the rear. The troops enter and leave the vehicle either through the rear doors or the roof hatches, and the driver and the commander are provided with doors located on the sides of the hull.

The BTR-4 can operate in a wide range of ambient temperatures (-40 up to + 55 degrees Centigrade), as well as under dusty conditions, and can move on hard surface roads at a maximum speed of 110 km/h and cross water obstacles at a speed of 10 km/h. The vehicle is powered by a 3TD diesel engine developing 500 hp. At customers' request, the vehicle can be fitted with a Deutz engine developing either 489 or 598 hp.

The BTR-4 can be a basis for development of various types of vehicles: fire support vehicle, command vehicle, ambulance, air defence vehicle, combat reconnaissance vehicle, and recovery vehicle.

In the standard configuration, the vehicle has a weight of 17 tonnes and provides protection against small arms fire and mine blasts. In the enhanced configuration (with the front armour being able of providing immunity against 30 mm gun rounds), the vehicle weight can reach 27 tonnes.

Apart from the BTR-4, the SOE KMDB also demonstrates at the exhibition an improved version of the Dozor-B 4x4 armoured personnel carrier.

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10:43 16.06.2006

It seems that Ukraine may become a competitor to Russia in armoured personnel carrier field. Its newly developed BTR-4 looks quite modern, although it has some similarity in apperance to Russian-designed BTR-series vehicles.

15:17 19.06.2006

The main drawback of the Russian BTRs lies in the location of the troop compartment: the troops enter and leave the vehicle through the side doors, thus being quite exposed to the enemy fire. In this regard, the Ukrainian BTR-4 is similar to most Western-produced APCS: the troop compartment is located at the rear of the vehicle, and therefore the exit of the troops is safer.

09:10 26.06.2006

Ukraine always watches what is being done in Russia and then follows suit, but with relevant improvements.

13:54 30.06.2006

All the wheeled APC-manufacturers will soon be bought out by the USA, like the manufacturers of Pandur and Piranha.

12:13 03.07.2006

All these APCs are badly designed - too much noise. I wonder if there is an APC that women can easily operate without suffering any inconveniences.

09:46 04.07.2006

Shortage of men is still not a consideration in the armies. However, women are said to succesfully operate APCs in the Israeli army.

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