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BMP-K-64

Prototype armored personnel carrier

BMP-K-64

The Ukrainian BMP-K-64 wheeled APC is a conversion of the T-64 main battle tank

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 2 - 3 men
Personnel up to 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17.7 t
Length 6 m
Width 3.1 m
Height 1.9 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine 5TDF diesel
Engine power 700 hp
Maximum road speed 105 km/h
Range 800 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The BMP-K-64 armored personnel carrier was developed as a private venture by Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau. Previously this vehicle was referred as BMPT-K-64. It is a conversion of the ageing T-64 main battle tank. First prototype was completed in 2005. Developers refer this vehicle as wheeled infantry fighting vehicle. Similar tracked vehicle is called BMPV-64. As of 2014 the BMP-K-64 exists only as a prototype.

   It is worth noting that Ukrainian Army has about 2 200 T-64 main battle tanks. Many of them are in storage. These tanks were inherited from the Soviet Army. Ukrspetsexport, a Ukrainian state-owned arms trading company offers surplus tanks for export customers from army stocks. During the last couple of years a number of T-64 conversions were developed and are being proposed for export. One of them is the BMP-K-64.

   This armored vehicle is based on refurbished hull of the T-64 MBT. A basic conversion includes moving the engine compartment forward. The T-64 tank has engine and transmission at the rear. It became an issue when designers tried to make a troop compartment at the rear. A simple solution was found to swap front end of the vehicle with the rear. So the vehicle drives backward comparing with original design. At the same time turret has been removed and free space was used to create troop compartment.

   Vehicle has a low-profile hull. A front mounted engine provides additional protection for the crew and dismounts. Add-on explosive reactive armor blocks can be fitted for a higher level of protection. It is claimed that front arc withstands hits from 90-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Sides can withstand hits from RPG-7 grenade launcher. Rear end of the vehicle provides protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Protection against landmines and IED blasts has been increased. The BMP-K-64 withstands mine blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT.

   Prototype is fitted with remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. Other weapons can be also fitted, including 30-mm or even 90-mm gun. A number of weapon modules were recently developed in Ukraine.

   This heavy APC is operated by a crew of two or three. It accommodates up to 8 fully-equipped troops. Soldiers enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors.

   Vehicle has new suspension with 4 axles. Some sources report, that vehicle uses 8x8 suspension from Ukrainian BTR-3 wheeled armored personnel carrier. The BMP-K-64 is powered by a 5TDF diesel engine, developing 700 hp. This engine has compact dimensions and has high power output due to its opposed design. However this engine has a short service life and proved to be unreliable. Vehicle an be also fitted with a 3TD engine, developing 550 hp. Vehicle has a hydraulic motor-to-wheel transmission and handles in similar manner as a tank. When the driver turns a steering wheel, wheels on the corresponding side are stopped. So the vehicle has a short turning radius.

 

Video of the BMP-K-64 prototype armored personnel carrier

 
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