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Armored personnel carrier


Romania is the only operator of the TABC-79 armored personnel carrier

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 9.27 t
Length 5.64 m
Width 2.8 m
Height 2.34 m
Machine guns 1 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns 500 x 14.5, 2 000 x 7.62
Engine 798.05N2 diesel
Engine power 154 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 7 ~ 10 km/h
Range 700 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.3 m
Trench 0.7 m
Fording Amphibious


   The TABC-79 armored personnel carrier was developed to meet requirements of Romanian army. It seems that it was developed as a Romanian equivalent to the Soviet BRDM-2 armored scout car. It uses a number of automotive components of the Romanian TAB-77 8x8 APC. Romania is the only operator of the TABC-79.

   The Romanian TABC-79 can be used for scouting, reconnaissance and as a general troop or cargo carrier. In some aspects it is superior to the BRDM-2. It can carry more troops, is powered by a diesel engine and has some other advantages.

   Armor of this APC provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The TABC-79 is completed with an NBC protection system as standard.

   The TABC-79 is armed with a turret-mounted 14.5-mm machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm MG. Turret of the TABC-79 is the same as previously fitted on some Romanian armored vehicles, including the TAB-77 APC.

   Vehicle has a crew of 3 and can carry 4 troops. Troops enter and leave this APC through small triangle-shaped doors in each side of the hull, doors at the rear of the hull or a single roof hatch. It is a significant advantage over the BRDM-2, that has only roof hatches for entry and exit.

   The TABC-79 is powered by a rear-mounted 798.05N2 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 154 horsepower. Vehicle is fully amphibious without preparation. It is propelled on water by a single waterjet.




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   TABC-79M, turretless armored personnel carrier;

   TAB-79A PCOMA, artillery observation post vehicle;

   TAB-79AR, 82-mm mortar carrier;

   TAB RCH-84, radiological and chemical reconnaissance vehicle;

   TCG-80, unidentified variant, possibly an armored recovery vehicle;

   AM 425, latest variant of the TAB-79 APC;

   A95, surface-to-air missile system, based on the AM 425 chassis, equivalent to Soviet SA-9.






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