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Ukrainian Soldiers Operate Now Russian BPM-97 Armored Personnel Carrier Captured in Combat

According to a tweet from Poderio Militar dated August 2, 2023, a captured MT-LB was spotted, but today, our focus is on the vehicle that was towing it, another captured Russian vehicle, the BPM-97. This capture gives us the opportunity to shed some light on it, so let's dive in.
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Ukrainian BPM-97 Armored Personnel Carrier towing an MT-LB (Picture source: Tiktok account of family_ua_ )

The capture of equipment in Ukraine is not an incredible event in itself, but sometimes it provides us with the opportunity to see and take an interest in equipment that is rarely discussed on our site. However, the capture of armored vehicles is extremely important for the Ukrainians, as they are gradually catching up with and, according to some sources, even overtaking the Russians in terms of the number of armored vehicles available to the armed forces.

The BPM-97, also known as KamAZ-43269, is a Russian armored transport vehicle that has carved out an important place in military operations. Designed by the Russian company KamAZ, this all-terrain vehicle has become a crucial asset for the armed forces of several countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Russia.

With a weight of 10,440 kg, the BPM-97 can carry a team of 2 + 8 soldiers. Its dimensions, with a length of 5.30 m, a width of 1.9 m, and a height of 2.3 m, allow it to maneuver through difficult-to-access areas and adapt to the most hostile terrains.

Capable of reaching a maximum speed of 90 km/h, this armored vehicle can quickly reach its point of intervention, whether it is for reconnaissance missions, resupply, or troop transport. Its ability to cover up to 1,100 km without refueling makes it a reliable companion for long-range missions.

The BPM-97 is designed to withstand small arms fire up to 12.7 mm caliber and mine explosions. Given the events unfolding in Ukraine, this essential feature ensures the safety of the troops aboard the BPM-97.

This APC can be equipped with different configurations, including 7.62 mm caliber machine guns, 12.7 mm machine guns like the Kord 12.7 mm, and heavy 14.5 mm KPV machine guns. Additionally, it can be fitted with a 30 mm automatic cannon, providing extra firepower for assault missions or in support of ground forces.

Among other equipment, it features a central tire inflation system, a self-recovery winch, and two towing hooks. These accessories ensure the BPM-97's mobility even in challenging conditions and make it operational in all circumstances.

The BPM-97 is a Russian armored transport vehicle that combines power, mobility, and protection. It is also a relatively recent vehicle, as it was first presented in Abu Dhabi in 2007. It is, therefore, interesting to see that relatively new equipment is captured and used by the Ukrainians.

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Russian BPM-97 Armored Personnel Carrier (Picture source: Vitaly V.Kuzmin )


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