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Who is the BTR-4 armored vehicle?




Who is the BTR-4 armored vehicle?


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The BTR-4 "  Bucephalus  " ( Ukrainian  : БТР-4 "Буцефал", romanized  : Butsefal , short for Бронетранспортер, Bronetransporter , "armoured carrier") is a wheeled 8x8 amphibious armored personnel carrier designed in Ukraine by the Bureau of Morozov's design in Kharkiv .

They saw action in the Donbass War , the capture of Jurf al-Nasr  from the Islamic State, and the 2022 Russian–Ukrainian War .

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BTR-4
BTR
Bucefal
Image illustrative de l’article BTR-4
A BTR-4E in Kyiv in 2015.
Main Features
Crew3 passengers
Length7,76 m
Lenght2,93 m
Height3,03 m
Mace in battle17.5 t +3% (with anti-bullet protection)
25 t +3% (with additional protection)
Mobility
EngineDiesel engine 3TD or DEUTZ EURO III
Powerful489 ch ou 598 ch
Suspension8 wheel drive
Road speed110 km/h (route)
10 km/h (eau)
Power to weight
Autonomy690 km minimum

Operators

Up to 500 vehicles were produced for all operators [ref. necessary] .

The BTR-4 went into action during the Ukrainian War in 2022 1 .

Additional information

History
The prototype, which was designed as a private venture, was unveiled at the Aviasvit 2006 exhibition held in Kyiv in June 2006.

Serial production began at the end of 2008, the first series of ten BTRs entered service with the Ukrainian army in 2009.

In 2009, the BTR-4 was presented in the tender for the next infantry fighting vehicle of the Spanish Land Forces , intended to replace the Pegaso BMR .

Description
The layout of the BTR-4 represents a change from the earlier BTR-60 /70/80 designed in the Soviet Union . The vehicle has a conventional layout similar to Western designs like the German TPz Fuchs  with the driver's and commander's compartment in the front of the hull, the engine and transmission compartment in the middle, and the troop compartment in the back. Troops enter and exit the vehicle either through the rear doors or roof hatches, and the driver and commander have doors located on the sides of the hull.

The BTR-4 is a more flexible design than the older BTR-60/70/80, as the modified layout makes it easier to adapt the vehicle to specialized roles. The vehicle can be armed according to customer requirements. The prototype is armed with the new locally designed weapons module which is armed with a 30 mm autocannon , a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun , up to four 9P135M Konkurs or Baryer anti-tank missiles (two on each side of the turret), and a 30 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (mounted in place of the AT missiles on a left side of the turret). It can be equipped with different turret weapon modules: the GROM module, the SHKVAL module and the BAU 23x2 module.

The BTR-4 has a maximum speed of 110 km/h. It can cross water obstacles at a speed of 10 km/h. The vehicle is powered by a 500hp 3TD diesel engine. It was reported that he was hit by several rocket launcher rounds and several small arms fire without consequence. Cage armor can be fitted for maximum protection against rocket launcher attacks.

Ukrainian state defense manufacturer UkrOboronProm has unveiled a prototype wheeled armored fighting vehicle currently known as the BTR-4MV1. The new BTR-4MV1 is the latest generation of 8×8 APC. The BTR-4MV1 is designed in accordance with NATO standards. The vehicle is based on the BTR-4 but with many new improvements.

It differs from previous versions mainly in a modified configuration of the vehicle hull, which allows the installation of additional types of protection (including ceramic plates and explosive reactive armor) to achieve the fourth and fifth levels of protection according to the standards of NATO . The rear of the hull is equipped with a ramp, which not only allows soldiers to get in and out of the vehicle much faster, but also allows the armored personnel carrier to carry various large cargoes, including additional ammunition, spare parts, etc.

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