BTR-T

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BTR-T
BTRTHeavyAPC2.jpg
Russian BTR-T
Type Heavy infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin  Russia
Specifications
Weight 38.5 tonnes
Length 6.45 m
Width 3.27 m
Height 2.4 m
Crew 2 (+5 passengers)

Armor 320 mm max with ERA
Main
armament
9M113 Konkurs ATGMs
Secondary
armament
2A42 30mm autocannon or AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher
Engine diesel
520hp
Power/weight 14hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
500 km
Speed 50 km/h off-road: 25 km/h

The BTR-T (Russian: Бронетранспортёр-Тяжелый (Bronetransporter-Tyazhelyy), ‘Armoured Transporter–Heavy’) is a Russian heavy infantry combat vehicle, designed by the Design Bureau of Transport Machine-Building (Omsk Transmash) state-run production association.

Description[edit]

Russian BTR-T

It is based on the hull of the T-55 tank and answers the need for a heavy, well protected and well armed vehicle adapted to urban combat. The need for a heavy IFV appeared after the First Chechen War during which APCs like the BTR-80 and BMP-2 suffered heavy losses in urban areas at the hands of Chechen rebels using RPG shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons. Consequently, the design incorporates thicker armour, with built-in reactive armour. It also has heavier armament with sufficient elevation to engage targets in multi-story buildings.

Design[edit]

The choice of the T-55 hull rather than that of a more modern tank was decided as a cost-cutting measure and also probably in order to validate a conversion solution for the many T-55s in use around the world. However, no export contracts have been signed so far.

Armament[edit]

The turret can accommodate several weapon configurations:

See also[edit]

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