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Armored personnel carrier

BLR APC

The BLR armored personnel carrier has the engine located at the rear

 
 
Country of origin Spain
Entered service ?
Crew 1 men
Personnel 12 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 12 t
Length 5.65 m
Width 2.5 m
Height 2 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm (optional)
Mobility
Engine Pegaso diesel
Engine power 210 hp
Maximum road speed 93 km/h
Range 570 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.3 m
Fording 1.1 m

 

   The BLR wheeled APC was developed to meet Spanish Army requirements for a low cost protected cross country vehicle which could meet various border patrol, internal security and airport security functions. The BLR was developed by the Santa Barbara Group and was designated the BLR 3545. The Spanish Marines operate the BLR while more are employed by various Spanish police and paramilitary forces operating in rural areas. Export sales have been made to Ecuador. Production of the BLR is complete and this Spanish armored vehicle is no longer offered.

   The layout of the 4x4 BLR differs from most other vehicles of its type in having the engine located ventrally at the rear, over the rear axle. Once the occupants have entered via two doors in the hull rear (there are also two side doors, one each side) the interior therefore has a relatively large unimpeded area with space for 12 occupants plus the driver. Vision blocks are situated along each side wall while the vehicle commander is provided with a centrally-located cupola featuring all-round vision devices. If required, a 7.62 or 12.7 mm machine gun could be mounted over this cupola, possibly in a small turret; it has been proposed that this weapon station could accommodate heavier weapons, such as 20- or 25 mm cannon or even a 90 mm gun turret, but non has been installed.

   Special equipment provided for the internal security role includes a barricade-clearing device or dozer blade, sirens, loudspeakers, spotlights and smoke or CS agent dischargers. There is also an unusual semi-automatic system located over each wheel station to extinguish fires. Other optional equipment includes extra radios, run-flat tyres, a front-mounted winch, and night vision devices.

   Although no BLR variants have been produced, it has been proposed that the usual command and ambulance models could be readily produced.

 

 

 
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