Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Ukraine debuts new BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier with increased armour

Ukrainian state-owned company Ukrspecexport, part of the Ukroboronprom conglomerate, has debuted new BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier with increased armour at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

The newest version of Ukrainian BTR-4, called the BTR-4MV1, demonstrated in the framework of the international IDEX 2019 exhibition for the first time, received a new increased armour and opto-electronic sight with a powerful thermal imager, coupled with a high-precision digital fire control system.

The BTR-4MV1 armoured personnel carrier offers significant improvements over the BTR-4 series. An advanced modular armour protection system provides the vehicle with NATO STANAG-standard from bullets, guns, and weapons.


When creating BTR-4MV1 developers used a modular approach in constructing armor protection, using spaced armor. Such a modular approach allows to quickly replace elements of the upper layer of armor in the field conditions.

The new engineering solution offers a high level of protection for the vehicle’s occupants against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mine blasts. The vehicle has mine-resistant seats and spall liners.  The wheeled armoured fighting vehicle has a rear ramp with doors for troop entry and exit. It has a crew of three consisting of the driver, gunner, and commander and hold six troops.

Thanks to these measures, BTR-4MB1 protection significantly exceeds any APC or IFV sample, Ukrainian defenders are armed with.

The BTR-4MV1 is equipped with a German Deutz engine and the American Alisson transmission. It is capable of sustained speeds of 110 km/h on level roads. According to the company, the vehicle weight 24-25 tons, which is 2-3 tons more than BTR-4. In addition, the BTR-4MB1 retained the possibility of forcing water obstacles by swimming, at speeds up to 10 km/h.

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