YPR-765 tracked armored vehicles donated by Netherlands are now deployed with Ukraine army


According to a video published on the Russian Facebook "VK" on May 12, 2022, we can confirm that the government of the Netherlands has delivered YPR-765 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicles to Ukraine. the YPR-765 is a development of the American M113A1.
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The Dutch YPR-765 tracked armored vehicles are now in service with the Ukrainian armed forces. (Picture source Telegram Horevica)


On April 19, 2022, the Dutch Prime Minister announced via his Twitter account, that the Netherlands will send heavy combat equipment to Ukraine including armored vehicles, after a phone call with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy.

The Dutch government never specified the type of armored vehicles that were going to supply Ukraine, but now we can confirm that the armored vehicles donated to Ukraine are YPR-765, a Dutch version of the American-made M113 tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle.

According to military open source information, the Army of Netherlands will have a stock of up to 500 tracked armored YPR-765 in APC and IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) that they have been retired from active service since 2012.

The YPR-765 is tracked armored vehicle that was developed by the American company FMC corporation under the prototype name of XM765.The vehicle was based on the M113A1, upgraded with an enclosed turret and firing ports so that the infantry could fight from within the vehicle. The Netherlands government placed an order for 880 of the vehicles in 1975, which were designated YPR-765 when they entered service.

The YPR-765 has a different design compared to the American M113, the hull of the vehicle is made of welded aluminum, with spaced steel laminate armor bolted onto the side and front. The driver is located on the front left of the hull and the commander is seated behind him.

The APC version of the YPR-765 is fitted with a one-man open-top turret with armor plates on 360° armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun. The vehicle has a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner. The troop compartment is at the rear of the hull. A large power-operated ramp allows access through the rear of the vehicle, a door is also provided in the ramp. Additionally, a single-piece hatch covers the top of the troop compartment. The vehicle can accommodate up to seven infantrymen, with six sitting back to back facing outwards and a single passenger sitting between the command and the turret facing backward.

The YPR-765 is powered by a Detroit Diesel Allison 6V-53T engine developing 267 hp. It can run at a maximum road speed of 61 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 490 km. The torsion bar suspension consists on each side of five road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front and an idler at the rear. There are no track return rollers.


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The Dutch YPR-765 tracked armored vehicles are now in service with the Ukrainian armed forces. (Picture source Army Recognition/Russsian Facebook VK)


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