How powerful is Ukraine’s BTR-3U armor?

The BTR-3U armor is one of a number of weapons being deployed by Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia. 

BTR-3U armored personnel carrier was developed in the period 2000-2001 by an international joint venture including Kharkiv Morozov Machine Design Bureau (Ukraine); UAE’s ADCOM company and Ukraine’s State Center for Firearms and Artillery Science.

This is considered an improved variant based on the BTR-80 armored vehicle developed under the Soviet Union.

The BTR-3U is equipped with a single-man Shkval turret, mounted with a 30mm high-speed cannon that can fire 350 rounds per minute.

In addition, the vehicle is also equipped with a 7.62mm machine gun, a 30mm automatic grenade launcher, and 4 anti-tank missiles.

BTR-3U has a weight of 16.4 tons, a length of 7.65m, a width of 2.9m, and a height of 2.8m.

For maneuverability, the BTR-3U is equipped with a PF6M1015 Diesel engine with a capacity of 326 horsepower allowing the vehicle to run at a maximum speed of 85km/h on flat roads.

And can move at a speed of 10 km / h when swimming.

The armor of the BTR-3U is rated better than the BTR-80, helping to protect the crew and occupants from fire from small arms and shell fragments.

The vehicle is also equipped with an automatic fire suppression system.

In addition, the vehicle is also equipped with a central tire pressure system, allowing the tire pressure to be adjusted to suit the terrain conditions.

The vehicle has a crew of 3 and can carry 6 soldiers with full military equipment.

Along with BTR-4, these are two lines of armored personnel carriers with strong firepower of the Ukrainian army.

During the ongoing conflict with Russia, Ukraine has launched BTR-3U armored vehicles to confront the Russian army. With strong and accurate firepower, BTR-3U has repeatedly unleashed intense fire on Russian targets. However, the battlefield also recorded the losses of this vehicle before the enemy fire.

Because the number of the previous production was not large and on the other hand was damaged by the conflict, armored vehicles such as BTR-3U or BTR-4 were rated higher than the Russian rival BTR-82A, but they were not. help the Ukrainian army create a certain advantage in confrontations.

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