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North Korean 8x8 APC

Armored personnel carrier

North Korean 8x8 APC

The new North Korean 8x8 armored personnel carrier is a clone of the BTR-80

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 ~ 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 15 t
Length ~ 7.7 m
Width ~ 2.95 m
Height ~ 2.8 m
Armament
Machine guns 2 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 90 km/h
Amphibious speed on water ~ 10 km/h
Range ~ 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.5 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   Recently a new 8x8 armored personnel carrier appeared in the North Korea. This armored vehicle is already in service and is produced in quantity. Little information is available on this new armored vehicle. Its official designation is also unknown. Sometimes it is referred as M2010.

   Recently North Korean army acquired a number of BTR-80A APCs. Some sources report that 32 units were acquired. It looks like the new North Korean 8x8 APC is a clone of the BTR-80A with some modifications. Also it is known that North Korean army operates older BTR-60PB 8x8 APCs.

   The North Korean 8x8 APC 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.

   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.

   There is a door on either side of the hull. Doors are different than those used on the Russian APC. There are a some firing ports provided for the troops. It seems that first production vehicles had more firing ports and most of them were removed from later production vehicles.

   This armored vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry 7 or 8 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.

   Also there is a 6x6 version of this armored personnel carrier. It is also in service with the North Korean army and is being produced in quantity. It has similar layout and is fitted with the same turret. Some sources claim that this 6x6 vehicle is also used for reconnaissance.

 

Video of the North Korean 8x8 armored personnel carrier

 
North Korean 8x8 APC

North Korean 8x8 APC

North Korean 8x8 APC

North Korean 8x8 APC

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