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North Korean 6x6 APC

Armored personnel carrier

North Korean 6x6 APC

The North Korean 6x6 APC was developed alongside the larger 8x8 model

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel ~ 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 12 t
Length ~ 6.5 m
Width ~ 2.95 m
Height ~ 2.8 m
Machine guns 2 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns ?
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ~ 10 km/h
Range ~ 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 0.6 m
Fording Amphibious


   Recently a new 6x6 armored personnel carrier appeared in the North Korea. This armored vehicle is produced in quantity and is in service with the DPRK Army. Little information is available on this new armored vehicle. Its official designation is also unknown.

   At some point North Korean army acquired a number of BTR-80A APCs. Some sources report that 32 units were acquired. Also North Korean army operates older BTR-60PB 8x8 APCs. A couple of years ago an indigenous 8x8 armored personnel carrier appeared in North Korea, which is a clone of the BTR-80A with some modifications. It seems that the 6x6 APC was developed alongside it. The 6x6 model has similar layout and is fitted with the same turret.

   The 6x6 APC is used to carry troops and cargo under armor. Some sources claim that this vehicle is also used for reconnaissance.

   Vehicle has a welded hull and turret. It is estimated that front arc withstands hits from 12.7-mm rounds, while all-round protection is against 7.62-mm rounds.

   This new armored personnel carrier is fitted with an indigenous turret. The same turret is also used on some other North Korean armored vehicles. It is armed with two 14.5-mm machine guns. It is believed that two heavy machine guns are used not for higher density of fire but in case one fails another will keep on firing. Also there is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Weapons have high elevation angles and can engage low-flying helicopters. During parades this APC is sometimes additionally fitted with a man-portable air defense missile.

   There is a door on either side of the hull. Doors are different than those used on the Russian APC. Each door has a firing port.

   The North Korean 6x6 APC has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry about 6 fully-equipped troops.

   Engine is located at the rear. Vehicle has a central tyre inflation system. The new North Korean armored personnel carrier is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single waterjet.


Video of the North Korean 6x6 armored personnel carrier

North Korean 6x6 APC

North Korean 6x6 APC

North Korean 6x6 APC

North Korean 6x6 APC

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