IDEX 2017

Amphibious APC [IDEX17D4]

21 February 2017

The Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (Stand 12-C25) of Ukraine is displaying, for the first time, a BTR-4E (8x8) amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) fitted with the BM2-30 Combat Module (CM).

This BTR-4E is armed with two 30mm ZTM-1 dual-feed cannons, one 7.62mm co-axial machine gun and two launchers for the locally manufactured Barrier anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW). The Barrier ATGW is laser-guided, has a maximum range of 5,000m and is fitted with a tandem high-explosive antitank (HEAT) warhead to neutralise targets fitted with explosive reactive armour (ERA). This is just one of a number of weapons stations; the others include the BM-7 Parus, the BM Grom, the Bau 23 x 2 and the BM-3 Shturm.

When fitted with the BM2-30 CM, the BTR-4E is still fully amphibious, being propelled in the water at a speed of up to 10km/h by two propellers situated one either side at the rear. It is powered by a 3TD diesel developing 500hp coupled to an automatic transmission with five forward and one reverse gears.

The powerpack is mounted to the immediate rear of the driver’s compartment at the front of the hull. Standard equipment includes powered steering, a central tyre inflation system and a winch with a maximum capacity of 9 tonnes. The BTR-4E includes an SN-3003E Bazalt satellite navigation system, a driver’s infrared device with a maximum range of 180m, and an air-conditioning system with a maximum cooling capacity of 10kW.

The baseline hull is of all-welded steel protection but a number of armour options are available including ERA and bar/slat armour to provide a higher level of protection against attack by rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons fitted with a HEAT warhead.

The crew of three consists of commander, gunner and driver and the BTR-4E can carry eight dismounts.

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