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Armored personnel carrier

Kurganets APC

The Russian Kurganets armored personnel carrier is a clean sheet design

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 20 t
Length ~ 7.2 m
Width ~ 4 m
Height ~ 3.2 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine diesel
Engine power 450 ~ 750 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Kurganets is a new-generation Russian armored personnel carrier. It is believed that its development commenced in 2011. It was developed alongside the whole family of vehicles. Development process was kept in high secrecy. It was first publicly revealed in 2015. As of 2015 only a handful of pre-production vehicles were built. As of 2017 it is still being tested by its manufacturer. Full-scale production of this armored vehicle could commence within the next couple of years.

   This vehicle is often referred as 'Kurganets', however its exact designation might be different. The infantry fighting vehicle version is referred as Kurganets-25. Both of them are members of the same new-generation family of armored vehicles. The APC and IFV versions are essentially identical, except the turret.

   The Kurganets is a tracked vehicle. Currently there is a trend to replace tracked APCs with wheeled vehicles, that are less expensive to buy and to maintain. However wheeled APCs have inferior cross-country mobility, comparing with the tracked vehicles. It is worth noting that recently Russia also developed a Bumerang 8x8 APC that was publicly revealed during the same day. The Bumerang was developed alongside Kurganets family of vehicles and automotive components are interchangeable between the vehicles.

   The Kurganets armored personnel carrier is a clean sheet design. It is not based on any previous Russian armored vehicle. Many drawbacks typical to most Russian armored vehicles, such as a cramped crew compartment and cramped exit, were fixed.

   The Kurganets APC has a welded hull and turret. Its armor is made of special aluminum alloy. Vehicle has modular armor with add-on armor modules. So protection level can be tailored to counter specific threats or to suit mission requirements. The Kurganets APC has a double hull floor for impoved protection against mine blasts. It is believed that protection of the Kurganets is superior to BTR-series 8x8 armored personnel carriers.

   The Kurganets APC is fitted with new unmanned turret, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. It is worth noting that such limited armament would typically keep this vehicle away from the frontline.

   This vehicle has a crew of 3 and can carry 8 dismounts. Access to the troop compartment is via rear door. This vehicle lacks roof hatches for the dismounts. It is unusual feature as all previous Soviet and Russian armored troops transport vehicles had roof hatches.

   This new-generation IFV is powered by a diesel engine. Two engine alternatives are available. These are 17-liter ChTZ-Uraltrac 2V06 opposite engine, developing 450-510 hp or YaMZ-780 inline engine with two turbochargers, developing 750 hp.  As of early 2017 it is unclear which engine will be fitted on production model. It is planned that the same engine will be used by Bumerang 8x8 armored personnel carrier.

   Engine is mounted at the front of the hull. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension with variable ground clearance.

   Despite the bulky appearance the Kurganets APC is fully-amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets, mounted at the rear. It has been reported that this vehicle uses new amphibious propulsion technology and has speed on water of 10 km/h. It is worth noting that add-on armor blocks provide additional buoyancy and stability on water.

   It is planned that a whole family of vehicles will be based on the same Kurganets chassis. Some variants have already been developed and are in production.




   Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle. It is fitted with a different remotely-controlled turret. The IFV version is armed with a 30-mm cannon, coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and 4 Kornet-M anti-tank missiles launchers. Also is seems that the IFV version comes with newly developed countermeasures system. It  reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance

   Command vehicle;

   Armored ambulance;

   Armored recovery vehicle;

   Light tank;

   Air defense vehicle;

   Armored engineer vehicle.


Kurganets APC

Kurganets APC

Kurganets APC

Kurganets APC

Kurganets APC

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