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MLI-84M

Infantry fighting vehicle

MLI-84M IFV

The MLI-84M infantry fighting vehicle is an upgraded variant of the Romanian MLI-84

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 17 t
Length 7.32 m
Width 3.3 m
Height 2.94 m
Armament
Main gun 25-mm cannon
ATGW Malyutka-2T (optional)
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 11 to + 60 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 650 rounds
ATGW 2 missiles (optional)
Machine guns 2 000 rounds
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C9 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 7 km/h
Range 550 - 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The MLI-84M infantry fighting vehicle is an upgraded variant of the Romanian MLI-84. The original MLI-84 is an indigenous variant of the Soviet BMP-1 IFV, but has a lengthened hull and additional heavy machine gun mounted over the troop compartment. The decision to upgrade ageing infantry fighting vehicles came in 1995. To date 99 Romanian MLI-84 IFVs were upgraded to the MLI-84M standard.

   The MLI-84M infantry fighting vehicle provides protection against 14.5-mm rounds. It is fitted with a laser warning receiver, smoke grenade dischargers and thermal smoke generator. Vehicle is also fitted with an NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The MLI-84M has its 73-mm gun removed and fitted with a fully-stabilized OWS-25 Overhead Weapon Station, developed in Israel and supplied by Rafael. The OWS-25 is armed with a 25-mm Oerlikon KBA cannon and 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun. It is also equipped with two Yugoslavian Maljutka-2T anti-tank guided missiles instead of the Soviet 9M14 Malyutka (AT-3). Alternatively it can be fitted with four Spike ATGMs, developed in Israel. However any ATGWs are fitted only as an option. The OWS-25 weapon station can target both land targets and low-flying helicopters.

   The MLI-84M has a crew of two and can carry 9 fully equipped troops. There are a number of firing ports for the occupants. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via the rear doors or roof hatches.

   Vehicle is powered by the Caterpillar C9 diesel engine, developing 400 horsepower. The same engine is also found of the MOWAG Piranha IIIC APCs, acquired by the Romanian Land Forces. The MLI-84M is fully amphibious.

 

Variants

 

   Command vehicle;

   Armored recovery vehicle.

 

Video of the MLI-84M infantry fighting vehicle

 
MLI-84M IFV

MLI-84M IFV

MLI-84M IFV

MLI-84M IFV

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