Land Platforms

Minotor-Service unveils new light armoured vehicle

01 December 2016

Belarus' Minotor-Service has developed a new tracked light armoured vehicle (LAV), IHS Jane's has learned.

Designated Breeze, the vehicle consists of an upgraded one person turret - originally installed on the Volgograd Tractor Plant BMD-2 airborne assault vehicle (AAV) - that is integrated onto a new light-tracked platform developed by Minotor-Service.

The turret retains its 30 mm 2A42 dual-feed cannon and a 7.62 mm PKTM co-axial machine gun (MG). A total of 300 rounds of 30 mm ammunition and 2,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition are carried.

Mounted on the right side of the turret is a pod of two KBP Instrument Design Bureau Kornet-EM laser guided anti-tank missiles; this is coupled to what the company describes as "an automated day/night sight" that is mounted on top of the turret on the left side.

Breeze features a new base platfrom and leverages the turret from the BMD-2. (Minotor-Service)Breeze features a new base platfrom and leverages the turret from the BMD-2. (Minotor-Service)

The Kornet-EM missile can be supplied fitted with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise targets fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA) or a thermobaric warhead.

Only two missiles are carried in the ready-to-launch position and these have a maximum range of between 8,000 m and 10,000 m depending on the version - both have a minimum range of 150 m.

The missile pod appears to be identical to those installed on the upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) supplied to Algeria under the leadership of KBP Instrument Design Bureau.

Breeze's turret traverses through 360° and the cannon and co-axial MG can elevate from -5° to 60°; the Kornet missiles elevate from -15° to 30°.

The Breeze is being described as a multipurpose tracked chassis of all-welded steel armour, with the commander and driver at the front and the turret to their immediate rear.

It is powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine developing 295 hp coupled to a manual transmission with eight forward and two reverse gears.

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