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Prototype main battle tank


The Ukrainian BTMP-84 has a unique capacity of carry additional troops under armor

Entered service -
Crew 3 + 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 48.6 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 10.8 m
Hull length ~ 8.7 m
Width ~ 3.8 m
Height ~ 2.3 m
Main gun 125-mm smoothbore
ATGW AT-11 Sniper
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 12.7-mm
Elevation range - 4 to + 15 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 30 rounds
Machine guns 1 250 x 7.62-mm, 450 x 12.7-mm
Engine 6TD-2 diesel
Engine power 1 200 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 450 km
Gradient 63%
Side slope 36%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 2.85 m
Fording 1.8 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m


   The BTMP-84 was developed by Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau. This vehicle was developed as a private venture to meet a possible requirement of Ukrainian Army as well as export customers. It is based on a T-84 main battle tank. Developers refer this vehicle as heavy infantry fighting vehicle. The BTMP-84 has a crew of three and can carry five soldiers. It is designed to be used as both transportation vehicle and fighting vehicle. Only Israeli Merkava main battle tanks have this unique capacity to carry extra infantrymen inside the tank under full armor protection. A prototype was revealed in 2001. However the BTMP-84 received no production orders. This vehicle remains at a prototype stage.

   The BTMP-84 has an extended hull with an extra road wheel added on each side. Rear end of the hull was redesigned. The new troop compartment is located between the turret and engine compartment. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via a large power-operated hatch. Similar hatch is used on Israeli Achzarit heavy armored personnel carrier.

   The BTMP-84 has the same level of protection as the T-84 main battle tank. This combat machine can operate in formation with other main battle tanks or on its own. With the help of dismounts the BTMP-84 can capture and retain various territories for a longer time. Troops can always leave the vehicle and fight on foot. Also this combat vehicle can be used to evacuate wounded soldiers under heavy enemy fire.

   It seems that the BTMP-84 is fitted with a complete turret of the T-84 or Oplot MBT. Vehicle is armed with a KBA-3 125-mm smoothbore gun. This is Ukrainian adaptation of the Soviet 2A46 gun. The KBA-3 is used on the T-80UD, T-84, Oplot and some other tanks. It fires APFSDS, HEAT, HE-FRAG and air-burst fragmentation-shrapnel projectiles (ABFS). It also fires anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. It uses either a Russian AT-11 Sniper or its Ukrainian version. The gun is completed with an autoloader. Ammunition load was reduced to 30 rounds in order to save space for the dismounts. A total of 22 rounds are stored in the autoloader and are ready to use. Remaining rounds are stored inside the hull.

   There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and remotely-controlled 12.7-mm machine gun.

   Vehicle is powered by a 6TD-2 diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. The same engine is used on a number of Ukrainian MBTs and heavy armored vehicles. The BTMP-84 was planned to have a capability to ford water obstacles up to 5 m deep.

    It is worth noting that Ukrainian Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau also developed a BMT-72, which is similar in many aspects. However it also received no production orders.









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