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BTR-70 8x8 APC

Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier Vehicle - Russia

BTR 70 8x8 APC wheeled armored personnel carrier vehicle Russia

Description BTR-70

The BTR-70, a renowned Russian 8x8 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), was designed under the industrial label GAZ-4905 in the late 1960s. This Russian-engineered vehicle made its public debut at a military parade in Moscow in November 1980 and rapidly joined the Russian army's ranks in August 1972. Demonstrating its capabilities, the BTR-70 played a crucial role in the Soviet-Afghan War and various smaller Eastern European conflicts. After the Cold War, the UN successfully employed these dependable armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) in the Balkans. Explore the BTR-70's service history and more on our dedicated web page.

BTR-70 variants:

- BTR-70V: Late-production model, fitted with the BPU-1 turret of the BTR-80 with 1PZ-2 sight, but without the "Tucha" smoke grenade launchers.
- BTR-70M: Modernized version with turret, diesel engine, and rear hull section of the BTR-80.
- BTR-70D: Dieselized version, developed by Muromteplovoz and powered by a YaMZ-236D 180 hp diesel engine. Prototype only.
- BTR-70 M1986/1: fitted with a BTR-80 turret
- BTR-70Kh: Chemical reconnaissance vehicle
- SPR-2: the turret is removed and replaced by a large telescopic mast with an antenna array on top. This system was designed by the Bryansk Electromechanical Plant and has been developed to neutralize artillery projectiles fitted with proximity fuzes.
- BTR-70 MBP: base security vehicle for Strategic Artillery Rocket units.
- BTR-70 APC: a bank of forward-firing 81 mm smoke grenade launchers is mounted at the rear of the turret
- BTR-70MS: signal vehicle
- BTR-70KShM: Command and control variant, designed to be used as a mobile command post.
- BTR-70 BREM: a crane is mounted on the top of the hull.
- TAB-77: Romanian version built under license

Technical Data BTR-70

The BTR-70 is equipped with a small one-man turret, the same as the one used on its predecessor, the BTR-60PB. The turret is manually operated and can rotate a full 360 degrees, with the gun capable of being elevated from 30 degrees to -6 degrees. The turret is armed with a powerful 14.5 mm KPVT machine gun and a 7.62 mm PKVT machine gun, giving it superior firepower and the ability to engage both ground and air targets effectively.
Design and protection
The BTR-70's hull and turret are constructed from all-welded steel armor, providing exceptional protection against small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver and commander are positioned at the front of the hull, with the commander seated on the right and the driver on the left. The commander's hatch cover opens to the front, while the driver's hatch cover opens at a 45-degree angle towards the vehicle's center. At the rear of the hull, there is a troop compartment with three firing ports on each side and a one-day vision block for each port. The compartment also features a small door between the second and third axles that opens to the front. The six infantrymen sit on a bench seat down the center, back-to-back, and can utilize the firing ports to engage targets.
The BTR-70's powerful 8x8 chassis is propelled by two ZMZ-4905 8-cylinder petrol engines that can generate 120 horsepower. The vehicle boasts a maximum road speed of 80 km/h and an impressive cruising range of 600 km. Inside the vehicle, the driver has the ability to adjust the tire pressure of all eight wheels, ranging from 2.8 to 0.5 kg/cm2. These features make the BTR-70 an ideal armored personnel carrier for a wide range of military operations.
Combat Equipment
The BTR-70 is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, fully amphibious and able to reach a maximum speed of 10 km/h in the water thanks to its single water jet mounted at the rear of the hull. Before entering the water, the trim vane is erected at the front of the hull to ensure smooth navigation. The BTR-70 comes equipped with a range of features, including a comprehensive NBC system, a central tire-pressure regulation system, and a powerful front-mounted winch with a maximum pull capacity of 6,000 kg and 50 meters of cable. These capabilities make the BTR-70 an ideal choice for a wide range of military and emergency response operations.

Specifications BTR-70

Armament Armor
One 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun and one coaxial 7.62 PKVT machine gun Protection against the firing of small arms 7.62mm caliber and shell splinters.
Country users Weight
Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mali, Macedonia, Moldovia, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. 11,500 kg
Designer Country Speed
Russia 80 km/h maximum road speed, 10 km/h on water
Accessories Range
NBC system, night vision equipment, central tire-pressure regulation system and one self-recovery winch. 600 km maximum
Crew Dimensions
2 + 9 Length: 7.53 m; Width: 2.80 m; Height: 2.32 m

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