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Heavy armored personnel carrier

Tarmour heavy APC

The Tarmour heavy APC is a conversion of ageing Soviet T-55 medium tanks

Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 45 t
Length ~ 6 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 2 m
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Engine Detroit Diesel 8V92TA diesel
Engine power 850 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Range ~ 400 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording 1.4 m


   The Tarmour heavy armored personnel carrier is a recent Indian development. It is a conversion of ageing Soviet T-55 medium tanks. India operates around 900 T-55 tanks, that are in process of being phased out. This heavy APC shows some Israel's influence in its design.

   Protection of the Tarmour heavy APC is similar to MBTs. It uses Kanchan heavy composite armor, which is broadly similar to the British Chobham. Explosive reactive armor blocks can be added for improved protection. It is claimed that Tarmour's armor provides all-round protection against RPG-7 rockets. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   The Tarmour is armed with a remotely controlled 12.7-mm machine gun. This weapon station is operated by vehicle's commander.

   Vehicle has a crew of two and provides accommodation for 9 troops. Troops enter and leave the vehicle through the rear door.

   The Tarmour heavy APC is based on a Soviet T-55 medium tank chassis, but has a raised superstructure. It is worth mentioning that India operates a number of ageing Soviet T-55 medium tanks, that pose little threat to modern main battle tanks. Original engine of the T-55 was replaced with more powerful Detroit Diesel 8V92TA diesel, developing 850 hp.

   Vehicle can be tailored to suit specific operational requirements. It can be also used as ambulance, combat engineering vehicle, armored earth mover or mine plough.


Tarmour heavy APC

Tarmour heavy APC

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