Thailand shows interest to purchase Ukrainian BTR-4MV1 8x8 armored
According a press releases on October 10,2018, published on the official website of Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian state defense agency for the military industry, the Naval forces of Thailand have showed interest to acquire the Ukrainian-made BTR-MV1, a new generation of 8x8 armored vehicle designed in accordance to NATO standards based on the BTR-4 Ukrainian-made 8x8 armored.
Ukrainian-made BTR-4MV1 8x8 armored vehicle (Picture source Ukroboronprom)
The new BTR-4MV1 is based on the BTR-4, Ukrainian-made 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carrier but with many new improvements in terms of protection and internal layout.
The BTR-4MV1 is developed and designed by the Ukrainian Defense Company “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau”, the vehicle was introduced for the first time in Ukraine during the international exhibition Arms and Security, in October 2017.
One of the most important new features of the BTR-4MV1 is the use of modular multilayer armor that can be adapted according to combat mission’s requirements.
The front of the hull has been completely redesigned compared to the original version of the BTR-4 to enhance the armor protection. The rear of the hull is equipped with a hydraulic ramp used by the infantrymen to leave and enter in the vehicle. The upgraded armor would offer a 12-15 percent improvement in term of protection for the crew and infantrymen over the original BTR-4 armored vehicle.
The BTR-4MV1 showed during Arms and Security defense exhibition was fitted with a the BM-7 Parus weapon station which is armed one 30mm automatic cannon, one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and tow anti-tank guided missile launchers mounted on the right side of the turret.
The BTR-4MV1 is motorized with a 450hp Deutz engine coupled to Allison transmission. It can run at a maximum road speed of 110 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. It has a crew of three including driver, commander and gunner and the rear part of the hull can accommodate 7 infantrymen.