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Armored personnel carrier


The North Korean M1992 possibly uses a number of commercially available automotive components

Entered service Late 1980s
Crew 2 men
Personnel ~ 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ?
Length ?
Width ?
Height ?
Grenade launcher 1 x 30-mm
ATGW 1 x AT-4 Spigot
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 60 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ?
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.5 m
Fording Amphibious


   The M1992 armored personnel carrier was locally developed in North Korea in the late 1980s. It was developed to meet operational requirements of the North Korean Army. This armored vehicle might also serve as a scout car. It was first observed by US intelligence in 1992 and received the M1992 designation. It is believed that production of this armored vehicle ceased some years ago. North Korea is the only operator of this vehicle. Several hundred might be in service.

   It seems that design of the M1992 APC was influenced by the Soviet BRDM-2. It might use a number of commercially available automotive components, procured from abroad. The layout of this armored vehicle is similar to a truck with engine at the front and combat compartment at the rear.

   The M1992 armored personnel carrier has an all-welded steel hull. It protects the occupants from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is believed that this vehicle lacks NBC protection system.

   Vehicle is armed with the Soviet AGS-17 30-mm automatic grenade launcher, mounted over the troop compartment. It is also fitted with the AT-4 Spigot portable anti-tank missile launcher.

   Vehicle has a crew of two, including commander and driver. It provides seating for about six troops. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches.

   This APC is probably powered by a diesel engine. Vehicle has a full-time all-wheel-drive. A trim vane at the front suggests that this vehicle is amphibious. On water it is possibly propelled by its wheels.

   A variant of this armored personnel carrier was observed, fitted with 24-tube 107-mm multiple rocket launcher.




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