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BTR-4

Armored personnel carrier

BTR-4 APC

The BTR-4 armored personnel carrier is proposed with a number of armament modules



Entered service 2011
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 - 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18 ~ 26 t
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Armament
Main gun 1 x 30-mm
ATGW Konkurs or Baryer
Grenade launchers 1 x 30-mm (optional)
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 360 rounds
ATGW 2 - 4 missiles
Grenade launcher 150 rounds (optional)
Machine guns 1 200 - 2000 rounds
Mobility
Engine 3TD diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed up to 110 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 690 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The BTR-4 armored personnel carrier was developed in Ukraine as a private venture. It's prototype was unveiled in 2006. It was approved for production in 2008 and first deliveries to Ukrainian Army were expected in 2009 however at that time these armored vehicles were not ordered due to funding problems. The BTR-4 APC is also offered on the export market. Iraqi MoD signed a contract for 420 of these armored personnel carriers. First vehicles entered service with Iraqi Army in 2011. A total of 88 vehicles where delivered when the contract was cancelled. Later unshipped APCs were delivered to Ukrainian armed forces. In 2014 Ukrainian Army ordered 154 additional APCs and Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs - 40 units. Kazakhstan also ordered 100 of these APCs.

   Vehicle has a different layout, comparing with the Soviet 8x8 armored personnel carriers. The main drawback of the Soviet APCs was a rear-mounted engine. Troops had to leave the vehicle through the side doors, thus being exposed to enemy fire. The BTR-4 has engine and transmission mounted in the middle of the hull. Troop compartment is located at the rear. Its layout is similar to that of Western designs.

   Prototype of the BTR-4 was armed with a 30-mm cannon, 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and four Konkurs or Baryer anti-tank missiles, or alternatively a 30-mm automatic grenade launcher in place of two anti-tank missiles. This variant can carry 8 troops (7 in up-armored version). The BTR-4 is also proposed with a number of armament modules:

   Grom module, 1 x 30-mm cannon, 1 x 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, 1 x 7.62-mm machine gun, 4 x Konkurs or Baryer anti-tank missile launchers, capacity for 8 troops;

   Shkval module, 1 x 30-mm cannon, 1 x 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, 1 x 7.62-mm machine gun, 2 x Konkurs of Baryer anti-tank missile launchers, capacity for 8 troops;

   BAU 23 x 2 module, 2 x 23-mm cannons, 1 x 7.62-mm machine gun, capacity for 8 troops.

   The BTR-4 can also be armed according to customer requirements.

   A baseline version of the BTR-4 provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm ball rounds and artillery shell splinters. It seems that the front arc withstands 12.7-mm rounds. Vehicle also withstands 6 kg anti-tank mine blasts. Additional armor can be fitted for improved level of protection. The BTR-4 is equipped with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems.

   The BTR-4 has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. Vehicle can carry 7 - 9 troops, depending on the armament module type. Troops enter and leave the vehicle through the rear doors or roof hatches. Commander and driver are provided with side doors, located on each side of the hull.

   The BTR-4 is powered by the 3TD diesel engine, developing 500 hp. Alternatively vehicle can be powered by a Deutz diesel engine, developing 500 - 600 hp. Vehicle is fully amphibious and is propelled on water by two waterjets.

 

Variants

 

   BTR-4MV version with improved armor protection, developed in 2013. The baseline version provides all-round protection against 7.62-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle also withstands 8 kg anti-tank mine blasts. Protection level can be further improved by fitting add-on armor. It was accepted to service with Ukrainian Army;

   BTR-4E1 another version with improved armor protection. Protection of this vehicle is enhanced by add-on armor kit. This version was revealed in 2014. Despite increased protection and weight this APC retains amphibious capability;

   BTR-4K command vehicle;

   BTR-4Ksh command and staff vehicle;

   BRM-4K reconnaissance vehicle;

   BREM-4K repair and recovery vehicle;

   BSEM-4K armored ambulance;

   MOP-4K fire support vehicle, fitted with 120-mm gun and 12.7-mm MG.

 

Video of the BTR-4 armored personnel carrier

 
BTR-4 APC

BTR-4 APC

BTR-4 APC with Grom module

BTR-4 APC with BAU 23 x 2 module

BTR-4 APC with BAU 23 x 2 module


 
BTR-4 APC

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