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BTR-3U

Armored personnel carrier

BTR-3U APC

The BTR-3U armored personnel carrier is a newly built vehicle

 
 
Entered service 2001
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 16.4 t
Length 7.65 m
Width 2.9 m
Height 2.86 m
Armament
Main gun 1 x 30-mm
ATGW Konkurs
Grenade launcher 1 x 30-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 350 rounds
ATGW 4 missiles
Grenade launcher 116 rounds
Machine guns 2 500 rounds
Mobility
Engine Deutz BF6M1015 diesel
Engine power 326 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 8 - 10 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The BTR-3U armored personnel carrier was jointly developed in 2000 by Ukrainian and UAE companies as a private venture. The BTR-3U is an improved variant of the Soviet BTR-80 armored personnel carrier, however it is a newly built vehicle, rather than upgrade of existing APC. It might represent a further development of the Ukrainian BTR-94. Despite similar appearance the BTR-3U has greater internal volume, more powerful and fuel efficient engine, and many other improvements. This vehicle was first publicly revealed in 2001. Small numbers of the BTR-3U were ordered by Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Kazakhstan and Nigeria. Other operators are Iraq, Myanmar, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. This APC is being license-produced in Myanmar for local needs from knock-down kits. Ukraine expects to replace its ageing APCs with the BTR-3. As of 2014 at least 22 BTR-3E armored personnel carriers were delivered to Ukrainian Armed Forces. Originally these APCs were built for the Thai Army, however were transferred to Ukrainian forces due to ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. In 2016 Ukrainian MoD ordered another 40 of these armored personnel carriers, including variants. Deliveries commenced during the same year.

   The BTR-3U is armed with Shkval armament module. It is fitted with a 30-mm dual-fed cannon, 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun, 30-mm automatic grenade launcher and Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles. Weapons on the Shkval module can be replaced, fitting it with different anti-tank missiles and so on.

   Armor of the BTR-3U provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The BTR-3U has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. Vehicle provides accommodation for 6 troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle through the side doors or roof hatches. A number of firing ports are provided for the occupants.

   The BTR-3U is powered by a German Deutz BF6M1015 diesel engine, developing 326 horsepower. This engine has a service life of 60 000 km which is quite a lot for this class of vehicles. This APC is fitted with a central tyre pressure system, that allows to adjust the tyre pressure to suit terrain conditions. Also it is fitted with run-flat tyres. The BTR-3U is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single waterjet.

 

Variants

 

   Guardian, variant for the UAE Marines, fitted with Buran-N1 turret;

   BTR-3E, export variant, fitted with different engine, possibly Ukrainian UTD-20 diesel;

   BTR-3E1, export variant, fitted with BM-3 Shturm turret and new engine;

   BTR-3E1D is an improved Ukrainian version. This armored vehicle is powered by a German Deutz BF6M1015CF diesel engine. Engine is mated to Allison automatic transmission. It is fitted with a BM-3 Shturm turret system, armed with a 30-mm automatic cannon and carries 350 rounds of ammunition, and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun with 2 500 rounds of ammunition. A first batch of 6 vehicles was delivered to Ukrainian armed forces in 2016.

   BTR-3E ARV armored recovery vehicle;

   BTR-3K command post carrier;

   Fire support vehicle, fitted with turret-mounted Cockerill 90-mm gun.

 

Video of the BTR-3 Guardian armored personnel carrier

 
BTR-3E1 APC

BTR-3E1 APC

BTR-3E1 APC

BTR-3 Guardian APC

BTR-3 Guardian

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