Many of us
wonder. Which is the best armored personnel carrier in the
world? Which is the greatest modern APC and why? Our Top 10 analysis is based on the combined score of
protection, firepower, capacity and mobility. All of the armored
mentioned here are great, however not all of them have seen combat during military operations yet.
Analysis is based on specifications and available data. Why all APCs
listed here are wheeled? Because currently there is a trend that
tracked vehicles are retired from this role due to their poor
protection against mines. Why all APCs listed here have 8x8
configuration? Because 8x8 configuration offers better overall
mobility, internal volume and payload capacity. This list includes only operational
vehicles, that are currently in production. After exhaustive
research I was surprised with the results.
top 10 best armored personnel carriers in the world are these:
AMV was developed in association with the Finish Defense Force. It
revealed in 2001. This APC has some export
success. Export operators are Croatia, Poland and Slovenia. Some
other countries also ordered this armored vehicle.
With maximum level of
protection the front arc of the AMV withstands 30 mm
armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle also has a top-class mine
protection. It withstands blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. Two uparmored Polish Army
vehicles were hit in Afghanistan by
RPG-7 rockets, however armor was
not penetrated and vehicles managed to return to base.
version is armed with remotely-controlled
12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.
This APC is
fitted with a powerful engine, developing 490 or 540 hp. The baseline
variant is fully
Piranha V (Switzerland)
V is the latest and most protected vehicle of the MOWAG Piranha
line. The latest Piranha V is actually a wheeled infantry fighting
vehicle. However its APC version is also available. It was revealed
in 2010. The Piranha V is in service with Monaco.
an all-welded steel armor hull with integrated add-on composite
modular armor. With maximum level of protection the Piranha V
withstands 25 mm armor-piercing rounds
all-round. Vehicle has a double floor with a V-shaped hull
and is well protected against landmines and IED blasts. It
withstands a 10 kg anti-tank mine blast under any wheel. This APC is
also available with active protection system.
configuration this vehicle is proposed with
a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.
V is fitted with a powerful engine, developing 580 hp. It has good
off-road mobility due to its height-adjustable semi-active hydropneumatic
LAV 6.0 (Canada)
LAV UP or LAV 6.0 is an upgraded version of the
LAV III Kodiak.
It was developed by General Dynamics Land Systems. Upgrades were
based on the lessons learned by the Canadian Army during combat
operations. The General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a contract
to upgrade 616 Canadian Army LAV III vehicles to the new standard.
It was planned that all of these vehicles will be upgraded until
2017. These will form the backbone of the Canadian armored vehicle
fleet. The new LAV 6.0 is also being proposed for
export customers. Saudi Arabia ordered a total of 900 LAV
6.0 armored vehicles in various versions.
The upgraded LAV 6.0 weights significantly more than the original LAV
III. A fully upgraded vehicle with add-on armor kit weights just
over 28 t. Protection has been improved, though many of the core
design elements remain the same. Currently it is one of the most
protected armored personnel carrier in the world. It can be even
considered as a wheeled IFV.
notable difference of the upgraded LAV 6.0 is a double
V-shaped hull. It was added for improved protection against landmines and
improvised explosive devices. Crew members and troops are seated
on energy absorbing seats. Vehicle retains a ceramic add-on armor
kit of the original LAV III. It looks like with this kit maximum
level of all-round protection is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing
rounds and the front arc withstands hits from 30 mm cannons. Cage
armor can be installed for protection against anti-tank rockets.
Canadian Army vehicle has a two-man turret, armed with an M242
Bushmaster 25 mm chain gun. This weapon has an effective range of
2.4 km. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Another 5.56 mm
machine gun is located on top of the roof. Other weapons can be also
fitted. Saudi Arabia ordered the LAV 6.0 armored
personnel carriers armed with 20- and 30 mm cannons.
The LAV 6.0
has improved fire control system with an integrated target
detection, recognition and identification system. It automatically
corrects for target range and crossing speed. Turret sights have
been upgraded. The new thermal sight and intensification sight have
extended ranges. So overall surveillance capability of the vehicle
improved. The gunner can spot a man at a range of 1.2 km.
Furthermore the LAV 6.0 has got a new battlefield
vehicle is powered by a 450 hp Caterpillar diesel engine. The LAV
6.0 is not amphibious.
Singaporean Terrex is one of the latest and most advanced armored
personnel carriers. It entered service with Singaporean armed forces
level of all-round protection is against
14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a double V-shaped
hull, which deflects mine blasts away from the vehicle. The Terrex
can withstand up to 12 kg TNT explosion under the hull and the
vehicle still keep on moving.
version is armed with remotely-controlled
40 mm automatic grenade launcher and coaxial 7.62 mm machine
gun. Alternatively it can be fitted with remotely-controlled 12.7 mm
is fitted with a powerful engine, developing 400 hp. This armored
personnel carrier is exceptionally
mobile due to its powerful engine and advanced independent
suspension system. This APC is amphibious.
The Boxer is
one of the latest and most advanced armored personnel carriers. It
was jointly developed by Germany and Netherlands. As with all German
vehicles it is well engineered and reliable.
It is a
truly modular vehicle with interchangeable snap-in modules. It uses
a single chassis for different purposes, including infantry carrier,
command vehicle, ambulance, supply carrier and so on. Modules can be
replaced in less than an hour. Some other armored vehicles are also
claimed to be modular. However they never really exploit their
armor of the Boxer is made with special ceramic mix. Every mission
module has its own primary safety cell. It is claimed that front
armor withstands 30 mm rounds. All-round protection is against
12.7 mm fire. Damaged armor slabs can be easily replaced in field
condition. The triple hull
floor is shaped for maximum protection against anti-tank mines. Also
this APC has low
radar and acoustic signatures, making it harder to detect.
being well protected the standard Boxer is armed only with remotely
controlled 12.7 mm machine gun, or 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.
There are some proposed versions with turret-mounted cannons.
APC is being produced in large numbers. It entered service with the
US Army in 2003. Currently US Army operates over 4 000 of these
level of all-round protection with add-on armor is against
armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a strengthened undercarriage and
can survive mine blasts. It is claimed that Strykers are superior to
other APCs regarding survivability against IEDs.
APC configuration are armed with remotely-controlled 12.7 mm machine
guns or 40 mm automatic grenade launchers.
takes advantage of high-tech information technologies. It is fitted
with a battlefield information management system. It links up with
other similarly equipped vehicles and command posts.
APCs operate in rapid deployment Stryker Brigade Combat Teams. Each
brigade has more than 300 Strykers of all variants, including APCs,
reconnaissance vehicles, 105 mm fire support vehicles, 120 mm mortar
carriers, command vehicles, engineering vehicles, ambulances, ATGW
carriers and NBC reconnaissance vehicles. These brigades can be
airlifted and deployed anywhere in the world within 96 hours.
is a new-generation Russian armored personnel carrier. It was
developed to replace the BTR-series APCs. The Bumerang was first
publicly revealed in 2015. During the same year a handful of
pre-production vehicles were delivered to the Russian Army.
Full-scale production could begin in 2016. It is estimated that
Russian Army has a requirement for around 2 000 Bumerang armored
is a clean sheet design. It is not based on any previous Russian APC.
Actually it resembles Western wheeled armored vehicles. Design flaws
of the previous Soviet and Russian APCs, such as rear-mounted
engine, side exit and cramped crew compartment were fixed.
believed that maximum level of all-round protection with add-on
armor is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle has a
V-shaped hull and can survive mine blasts.
is fitted with remotely-controlled turret, armed with a 30 mm
cannon, coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and 4 launchers with
anti-tank guided missiles. There is also a version armed with a
single 12.7 mm machine gun.
fully-amphibious. On water is is propelled by two waterjets.
Pandur II (Austria)
II is a further development of the previous successful
The Pandur II is also a commercial success. It is in service with
Austria, Czech Republic and Portugal. Slovenia produces this APC
under license. The Slovenian version, known as Krpan has some
level of all-round protection with add-on armor is against
14.5 mm ammunition. The baseline
version has a flat bottom though, which do not protect well against
version is armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun.
There is a wheeled IFV version, armed with a remotely-controlled
30 mm cannon.
variants of this APC are fully amphibious.
armored personnel carrier was developed in Turkey by FNSS to meet a
Malaysian Army requirement. It evolved from the Turkish
in turn was developed by American GPV. First vehicles were delivered
to Malaysia in 2013.
arc provides protection against 14.5 mm
armor-piercing rounds. All-round protection is against
7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle
has a V-shaped hull and withstands blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT
under any wheel and 6 kg under the hull.
numerous version of this APC is fitted with a
30 mm cannon and coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Some APCs will
also have anti-tank guided missile launchers.
fitted with a powerful engine, developing 523 hp. It seems that the
AV8 has the same sophisticated active suspension, used on the GPV
armored vehicles and the Pars.
Ukrainian BTR-4 gradually evolved from the Soviet
Ukrainians managed to fix a lot of design flaws of the predecessor.
First APCs were delivered to Ukrainian Army in 2009. The BTR-4 also
received substantial export orders from Iraq and Kazakhstan.
vehicle has a different layout, comparing with Soviet and Russian
BTR- series 8x8 armored personnel carriers. The main drawback of the Soviet APCs was a rear-mounted
engine. Troops have to leave the vehicle through the side doors, thus
being exposed to enemy fire. The BTR-4 has engine
and transmission mounted in the middle and troop
compartment is located at the rear. Its layout is similar to that of
version provides all-round protection against
7.62 mm ball rounds and artillery shell splinters. It seems
that the front arc withstands 12.7 mm rounds.
Add-on armor can be fitted for improved level of protection. Vehicle
also withstands 6 kg anti-tank mine blasts.
personnel carrier is available with numerous weapon modules, armed
23 mm or 30 mm cannons, and often anti-tank guided missiles.
The BTR-4 is
fitted with a powerful engine, developing 500 hp. Vehicle is fully