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B33 Zimbru

Armored personnel carrier

B33 Zimbru APC

The B33 Zimbru APC is essentially a Romanian version of the Russian BTR-80

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 14 t
Length 7.65 m
Width 2.9 m
Height 2.52 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 280 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 9 km/h
Range 700 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Romanian B33 Zimbru (European Bison) 8x8 armored personnel carrier, also referred as the TAB Zimbru, replaced in production the previous TAB-77. Essentially it is a Romanian version of the Russian BTR-80 APC with some minor modifications to meet Romanian Army requirements. A total of 70 Zimbru armored personnel carriers are in service with Romanian Army. Production is complete and the type is no longer marketed.

   All-welded steel armor of the B33 provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm rounds and artillery shell splinters. Front arc withstands 12.7-mm round hits. This APC is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Vehicle is fitted with a one-man manually operated turret, armed with 14.5-mm heavy machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The B33 Zimbru has a crew of two and can carry 8 fully equipped infantrymen. Troops enter and leave vehicle through side doors or roof hatches. A number of firing ports are provided for the troops. Front bulletproof windows are covered with shutters in a combat area.

   This armored personnel carrier is fitted with a different engine diesel engine, comparing with the BTR-80. Vehicle is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single waterjet, mounted at the rear of the hull. The B33 Zimbru can be airlifted by the An-22, Il-76 or C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.

 

Variants

 

   Zimbru 2000 armored personnel carrier is a further development of the B33 Zimbru. It has a higher roofline to provide greater internal volume. It is proposed with 25-mm or 30-mm remotely controlled weapon stations. Development of the Zimbru 2000 is complete, however as of late 2008 it received no production orders;

   Saur-1 armored personnel carrier, previously referred as Zimbru 2006. Hull of this APC was completely redesigned. The first prototype was completed in 2006. The Saur-1 was tested by the Romanian Army, but failed to received orders. Romanian MoD purchased MOWAG Piranha IIIC APCs instead.

 

Video of the B33 Zimbru armored personnel carrier

 

 
B33 Zimbru APC

B33 Zimbru APC

B33 Zimbru APC

B33 Zimbru APC

B33 Zimbru APC

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