BPM-97

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BPM-97
KAMAZ-43269 Vystrel (BMP-97) REA-2009.jpg
KAMAZ-43269 "Vystrel" (BPM-97) on Russian Expo Arms 2009 in Nizhny Tagil
Type Wheeled armored personnel carrier
Place of origin Russia
Service history
In service 1999 - present
Used by See Users
Wars War in Donbass
Production history
Designer Andrei Nikolaev
Designed 1997
Manufacturer Kamskiy avtomobilny zavod
Produced 1999 - present
Number built 150±[1]
Variants See Variants
Specifications
Weight 10.5 metric tonnes
Length 5.3 m[2]
Width 1.9 m[2]
Height 2.3 m (1.83 m without armament)
Crew 2 + 8 -12 passengers [2]
2 + 6 passengers (BTR-40B)

Armor 12.7-25 mm
Main
armament
14.5mm KPVT machine gun (optional)
12.7mm Kord machine gun (optional)
Secondary
armament
30mm AGS-17 grenade launcher (optional)
Engine KAMAZ 740.10-20 V8 diesel[2]
240 hp [2]
Suspension 4x4 wheel, leaf spring
Ground clearance 400 mm[2]
Fuel capacity 270 l[2]
Operational
range
1100 km on roads
Speed 90 km/h[2]

The BPM-97 (Boyevaya Pogranichnaya Mashina - "Battle Vehicle of the Border Guard") or Выстрел (Vystrel) is the Russian military designation for the KAMAZ 43269 Vystrel 4x4 wheeled mine-resistant, ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle. It is produced fitted with several different turrets like the one of the BTR-80A. The vehicle is based on the KAMAZ-43269 and as the name suggests was designed for the Russian Border Guards. The latest model has bulletproof side windows and no gun turret. It has been ordered by Kazakhstan and by the MVD Internal Troops, Federal Prison Service and EMERCOM.

History[edit]

Development began in 1997 at the initiative of the head of the Russian Border Guard Service Andrei Nikolaev. Armored vehicle meant to replace the border guards' main transport GAZ-66. But after a government funding default in 1998, the much delayed public funding of the project finally stopped. In order to offset the cost of the development in the absence of government orders, machines were allowed to be sold to civilian companies. The armored vehicle was used for the transportation of explosives, money and valuable goods. After receiving permission in 2005, some cars were sold to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Production of the "Vystrel" is ongoing at the JSC "Remdizel" plant in Naberezhnye Chelny, where the armoured body and KAMAZ 4326 truck chassis are integrated.[3] Armored Car "Shot" entered service in the Russian Defense Ministry in 2009. Antiterrorist units of all divisions of the Strategic Missile Forces equipped with armored vehicles "KAMAZ-43269" ("The Shot"), reported on May 3, 2013 the official representative of the press and information service of the Russian Ministry of Defense for Strategic Missile Forces Colonel Igor Egorov.[4]

Description[edit]

The hull is made of welded Aluminium alloy - The upper part of the shell withstands hits from a 12.7x108mm - NSV machine gun at a distance of 300 metres, the lower part from 7.62x54mmR SVD rifles at a distance of 30 m.

The vehicle is divided into the engine compartment and separate crew areas. The body has both side and rear doors, and roof hatches for exiting.

The base vehicle is the KAMAZ 4326 4x4 truck.

Armament[edit]

Armament varies, the BPM-97 is available with pintle mounted or turret mounted 7.62 mm, 12.7 mm machine guns such as the Kord 12.7mm, 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine guns in a BTR-80 type turret, and a combination turret fitted with a sighting device with 30 mm cannon and 30 mm AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers.

Variants[edit]

  • BPM-97 - Modification for the border troops.
  • KAMAZ-43269 "Watch" - BRM modification for the Army.[5]
  • Upgraded KAMAZ-43269 "Vistrel" (The Shot) - upgraded with a modified armored windshield wipers, transferred air intake and installed an air purification system, introduced during 2011 Exhibition of military vehicles at Bronnitsy test range.
BPМ-97 at Russian Expo Arms 2009 in Nizhny Tagil

Versions[edit]

In 2008, KamAZ planned to create a similar three-and four-axle vehicle designed for 13 and 18 men, respectively.[6]

In 2009, vif2ne.ru published photographs of 3 and 4-axle armored vehicles similar to "Shot" design,[7] and later appeared and photographs of triaxial armored car,[8][9] presumably called "Item 69501".

In 2010, JSC "Krasnodar Instrument Factory Cascade" in exhibition MVSV 2010 was announced 15M107 machine based on KAMAZ-43269 "The Shot",[10] intended for remote search and clearance of minefields, having in its composition electronic administration circuits.

Users[edit]

Gallery[edit]

BPM-97 BPM-97 at Innovation Day 2013 Upgraded KAMAZ-43269 Vistrel
Upgraded KAMAZ-43269 Vistrel Upgraded KAMAZ-43269 Vistrel Russian BPM-97 in 2010

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

  • BTR
  • BTR-40 - a similar 4x4 Russian wheeled armored vehicle

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