Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Yemen’s Houthi built crazy pickup with 30mm cannon

Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are supported by Iran, crafted a new combat vehicle on Toyota Land Cruiser 79-series chassis equipped with a weapon turret of a Russian-made BTR-80A armoured personnel carrier.

The crazy Land Cruiser Frankenstein features a weapon turret mounted with a quick-firing, dual-feed 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon and a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. The cannon has a muzzle velocity of 960m/s and can fire at a rate of 330 rounds per minute.

The turret is called BPPU and is equipped with sights 1PZ-9 (day) and TPN-3 or TPN-3-42 “Kristall” (night). In production and service since 1994.

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These combat infantry vehicles were purchased by the Yemeni Ministry of Defense even before the outbreak of the civil war. In total, more than 90 BTR-80A were delivered to Yemen.

The weapon turret from the BTR-80A armored personnel carrier was installed on an armored version of Toyota Land Cruiser 79 produced by the Jordanian national defense industrial holding KADDB.

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