Army of Venezuela to modernize French-made AMX-13 APC with Russian-made turret MB2-04 2202148
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|Saturday, February 22, 2014 01:00 PM|
Army of Venezuela to modernize French-made AMX-13 APC with Russian-made turret MB2-04.
The army of Venezuela has modernized the French-made AMX-13 (APC-VTT) tracked armoured vehicle personnel carrier with new Russian-made turret MB2-04 armed with a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon and one 30mm automatic grenade launcher AGS-17.
AMX-13 (APC-VTT) armoured personnel carrier of the Venezuelan army fitted with the Russian-made turret MB2-04.
The prototype of this new modernization project for AMX-13 APC was made in 2013 by the Venezuelan Army Armoured Institute with the help of Russian engineers.
Around 70 AMX-13 APCs are currently in service with the Venezuelan army.
According to our analysis, the new modernized AMX-13 APC is fitted with the Russian turret MB2-04 designed and manufactured by the Company Muromteplovoz.
This weapon station is able to destroy ground targets as light tactical armoured vehicles or military trucks, but can be also used against aerial targets flying at low altitude as helicopters our UAVs.
The MB2-04 weapon station is armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon, one 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, and one 12.7mm Kord heavy machine gun. Three smoke grenade dischargers are mounted to each side of the turret. The MB2-04 turret is fully stabilized and equipped with day/night vision with TKN-4GA sight. The turret can rotate on 360° with elevation from -5° to +70°.
According to Venezuelan army report, it’s also planning to install the MB2-04 turret on wheeled armoured vehicle Cadillac Cage V-100 Commando.
The Russian-made weapons station mounted on modernized AMX-13 is armed with a with a 2A42 30mm automatic cannon and one 30mm automatic grenade launcher AGS-17.