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Boragh

Armored personnel carrier

Boragh APC

It is claimed that the Boragh armored personnel carrier is better protected than the BMP-1

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 13 t
Length 6.72 m
Width 3.1 m
Height 1.6 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm (1 000 rounds)
Mobility
Engine diesel engine
Engine power 330 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ~ 5 km/h
Range 625 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2.3 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The hull of the Boragh armored personnel carrier is similar in many respects to that of the Russian BMP-1 and its Chinese copy, the Type 86, infantry fighting vehicle. The main difference is that the Boragh has a simple 12.7-mm machine gun cupola and its road wheels are similar to those of the US M113 APC, which is used in large numbers in Iran. The Boragh is produced by refurbishing older BMP-1 hulls.

   It is claimed that the Boragh is even better protected than the BMP-1. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system. Some sources claim that its add-on armor withstands 30-mm armor-piercing projectiles. The vehicle can lay its own smoke screen by injecting diesel fuel into the exhaust outlet.

   The Boragh is armed with a shielded 12.7-mm machine gun.

   The driver is seated at the front of the hull on the left side with the engine compartment to his right. The commander/machine gunner is seated in the center of the hull with the troop commander at the rear. The troops are seated down the center of the vehicle facing outwards and enter the vehicle via two doors in the hull rear. Firing ports and associated vision devices allow the troops to fire their weapons from within the hull.

   This armored personnel carrier is fitted with a more powerful engine, than its predecessor. Presumably it is a Chinese powerpack of the Type 86, developing 330 hp. The Boragh has a reduced weight comparing with Russian and Chinese IFVs, as its turret has been removed. This APC is fully amphibious with the minimum of preparation, being propelled in the water by its tracks. Before entering the water a trim vane is erected at the front of the hull and bilge pumps are switched on.

 

Variants

 

   Anti-aircraft version, fitted with twin 23-mm AA guns mounted on the roof, completed with protective shielding for the gunners. Extra ammunition is carried at the rear of the hull roof;

   Infantry fighting vehicle, fitted with a complete 30-mm turret of the BMP-2. Externally this version is very similar to the BMP-2. It seems that this version never reached production;

   ATGW carrier, fitted with Toophan anti-tank guided weapon system;

   Mortar carrier, armed with a 120-mm mortar. It has a raised rear roofline. Secondary armament consists of a 12.7-mm machine gun;

   Ammunition resupply vehicle. It has a larger can and open-topped rear area, covered with a canvas roof. It seems that this version did not reached production.

 

 
Boragh APC

Boragh APC

Boragh APC

Boragh APC

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