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Defense Blog: the best 2017 armored personnel carriers of the year

In the past year, the defense industry of different countries continued to work on new models of armored vehicles of all classes. According to the results of these works were presented several new armored personnel carriers. Prospective machines of this kind attracted the attention of specialists and the general public and, quite expectedly, were compared with each other and with other samples. One of the results of this was the emergence of the actual ranking of promising armored vehicles.

16 December, the well-known online edition of the Defense Blog has published an article "2017 editors' choice for best new armored personnel carriers" - "New 2017 armored personnel carriers of the year, editorial choice". As the name implies, the topic of the publication was a comparison of the latest combat armored vehicles presented in the outgoing year, with their subsequent distribution to conventional places. The authors of the publication reviewed five of the newest modern armored personnel carriers, gave them marks on four points, and then placed them in places in accordance with the estimates obtained.

His article with the BTR rating, the Defense Blog, begins with a reminder of the purpose of such a vehicle. It is stated that the armored personnel carrier is a type of armored combat vehicle designed to protect and support infantry in dangerous areas. In the 2017 year, according to foreign authors, the most important features of an armored personnel carrier are the level of protection, mobility, weapons and cost.

Based on a comparison of similar parameters, the Defense Blog Edition has made its ranking of the best BTRs represented in 2017. In compiling such a rating, the latest four-wheel wheeled combat vehicles of recent times were considered. Prospective technology received conditional evaluation and was distributed in several places.

5 location - a promising Japanese BTR

The five leaders in the field of armored personnel carriers, according to the Defense Blog, this year closes the promising project of the Japanese company from Komatsu Defense Systems Division. It is curious that this sample does not yet have an official designation and appears under various names indicating its class, developer, wheel formula, etc. However, this did not prevent the new car from getting into the rating.

Defense Blog: the best 2017 armored personnel carriers of the year

The Japanese armored personnel carrier is an 20-ton vehicle with the 8х8 wheel formula. On the highway, it can accelerate to 90 km / h. The BTR's own crew consists of a driver, a commander and an arrow. In addition, he must carry eight paratroopers. After arriving in the combat zone, the latter can quickly leave their protected transport, using a large stern ramp.

The Japanese BTR of the new generation is armed with a large-caliber machine gun, which makes it possible to fight manpower, some armored vehicles and other targets. The car body is welded from armor steel. It has a V-shaped bottom, with which it increases the level of protection against mines or improvised explosive devices.

Defense Blog assesses the level of protection of a new Japanese BTR at 2 points from 5. The same assessment gets mobility. Armor armored "earned" the entire 1 score. The high cost of technology has led to the fact that this parameter also receives the entire 1 score from 5 possible.

4 place - Rabdan 8x8 BTR

A line higher in the ranking is Rabdan 8x8 armored personnel carrier, which was the result of international cooperation. Its direct developer is Al Jasoor, a joint venture organized by Tawazun (United Arab Emirates) and Otokar (Turkey). At the same time, the new “Rabdan” is in fact a modified version of the Turkish armored personnel carrier Otokar Arma 8x8, differing, first and foremost, in an armament complex.

The main difference between the Rabdan BTR and the base Arma lies in the combat module used, borrowed from the Russian infantry fighting vehicle BMP-3. Thus, the joint development armored personnel carrier carries a turret with an 100-mm 2-70 gun, a twin-30-mm 2-72 automatic cannon and a PKT / PKTM machine gun. All barrel systems are assembled in one package with general guidance tools.

In February of this year, during the IDEX 2017 exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates revealed their plans for Rabdan 8xXNNXX armored personnel carriers. According to the announced information, at that time there was already a contract for the supply of 8 armored combat vehicles with Turkish chassis and Russian combat modules.

The protection level of the Rabdan 8x8 armored vehicle, by the Defense Blog, ranked 1 from 5. The mobility of an armored personnel carrier received the same assessment. The armament of this sample was rated at 2 points. Cost - in 3. With such estimates, the BTR "Rabdan" remained only in fourth place in the ranking.

3 seat - BTR-4MB1

Just a few months ago, the Kharkov engineering design bureau for them. A.A. Morozova, part of the concern "Ukroboronprom" presented another version of the further development of its armored personnel carrier BTR-4. This modification of the Ukrainian combat vehicle was named BTR-4MB1.

One of the main objectives of the BTR-4MB1 project was to increase the level of protection in comparison with previous vehicles of the family. Results of this kind were obtained through an improved modular system of curtain booking. Elements of this equipment comply with the NATO standards of the STANAG range. Additional armor allows you to protect the crew and troops from bullets, shells and other striking elements. It is alleged that the means of protection of the BTR-4MB1 machine in its characteristics surpass the armor of the base BTR-4. At the same time, they provide acceptable protection even against anti-tank rocket launchers.

In addition to improved ballistic protection, the BTR-4MB1 project uses mine booking, which reduces the likelihood of being hit by mines or improvised explosive devices. The new armored personnel carrier is equipped with a diesel engine of the German company Deutz and an American-made Alisson transmission. On a good road, the car can reach speeds up to 110 km / h.

Defense Blog ranked 4 score from 1 for the defense of the BTR-3MB5 3 score. Motility is also rated at 4 points. Arms received an 5 score. The machine has a relatively low cost, marked by 5 points from XNUMX. With such results, the newest Ukrainian armored personnel carrier was able to climb to third place.

2 Place - Patria AMV 28A

The Finnish-developed Patria AMV 28A armored personnel carrier is another upgrade option for the famous multi-purpose armored combat vehicle. The last modification of the family, introduced this year, is characterized by an elongated body and enhanced protection.

The AMV 28A machine comes with a Kongsberg MCT-30 gun turret. This product is equipped with a Bushmaster Mk 30 44-mm automatic cannon. Over the main turret, it is proposed to install the Protector M153 OWS remotely-controlled combat module with the M2HB large-caliber machine gun and Javelin anti-tank missiles.

BAT Patria AMV 28A is a new version of the Finnish eight-wheeled multipurpose combat vehicle. This sample is optimized for land and water. When crossing water obstacles, an armored personnel carrier can overcome waves up to 0,5-1,25 m.

The high level of protection provided by the new AMV 28A package received a corresponding rating - 4 points from 5. The mobility of this machine received the maximum score - 5 points. For arming the new Finnish model, they put 3 points, for the cost - 4.

1 location - Eitan

Israeli Eitan armored personnel carrier, the result of the collaboration of IMI, IAI and Rafael, moved up to first place in the Defense Blog rating. The newest BTR "Eitan" is an eight-wheeled combat vehicle weighing 35 t. It is noteworthy that this is the first four-wheeled armored vehicle developed in Israel. According to the current plans of the Israel Defense Forces Command, in the future the new BAT Eitan will replace the outdated M113 of all modifications. Over time, this car will become the main Israeli armored personnel carrier.

Eitan’s own and attached booking of the Eitan armored personnel carrier is complemented by an active protection system. The Trophy complex should respond to threats in the form of anti-tank ammunition flying up. The prototype of "Eitan" was equipped with a remote-controlled combat module carrying a large-caliber machine gun. It also has a turret mounted under a machine gun rifle caliber. It is alleged that serial armored personnel carriers can receive and other weapons, up to 30-mm automatic guns and 40-mm automatic grenade launchers.

The high level of protection of the Eitan BTR hull was marked by the highest score - 5 points from 5. The mobility of this machine, according to the Defense Blog, is consistent with the 4 score. Armament is also rated at 5 points. However, there is a disadvantage in the form of high cost, which had to be evaluated in 2 points. Nevertheless, despite the high cost, the Israeli armored personnel carrier, having rather high technical and combat characteristics, was able to rise to the highest place in the ranking.


It is hardly necessary to remind once again about the specifics of any empirical comparisons of armored combat vehicles. Even the most detailed analysis carried out using official documentation and real samples, can not always give the desired results. Using only open data, especially for relatively new projects, one should not expect outstanding results at all. Truly accurate and correct assessment of armored vehicles can be made only by the results of its operation, including use in a combat situation.

In addition, in the rating from the Defense Blog, you can find some weaknesses. For example, it is not difficult to notice the strange estimates of weapons of different types. So, the Rabdan 8x8 BTR, which has two 100 and 30 mm caliber guns, as well as the Patria AMV 28A machine with an advanced rocket and artillery complex, received for its weapon only three points. In this case, the BTR-4МВ1 with less powerful weapons was rated by the authors higher - by four points. Similarly, you can criticize and other comparisons.

Nevertheless, the press and fans of military equipment continue to compare known samples and build their own versions. Using the available data and drawing some conclusions, the online edition Defense Blog has compiled its own version of the Top 5 armored personnel carriers presented in the 2017 year. It is unlikely that such a rating should be considered as the ultimate truth, but it is also of some interest. In addition, this attempt to compare technology literally invites everyone to discuss the main findings and even make their own list of the best new products of the year.

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  1. Kot_Kuzya
    Kot_Kuzya 19 December 2017 07: 21
    Ornul at the sight of the Ukrainian armored personnel carrier. These pans, even armored vehicles can’t really do, what can we say about armored personnel carriers!
    1. Lopatov
      Lopatov 19 December 2017 09: 09
      It’s just that it’s a Ukrainian publication that mows under the international one. 8)))
    2. Babalaykin
      Babalaykin 19 December 2017 12: 34
      I will not be surprised if the protection is just a voluminous empty piece of iron.

      Lattice screens I don’t understand why at all, with a detonation it will still blow everything that is hung on this turret.
      1. Hog
        Hog 19 December 2017 22: 58
        Volumetric empty piece of iron, this is just the protection of the sides)
  2. 210ox
    210ox 19 December 2017 07: 25
    An interesting thing. The Ukrainians moved away from the fashionable glazing and put triplexes. By the way, the car turned out to be lower than the same Boomerang .. But for the rest (what’s the same with the armor and the rest) there’s nothing else to say.
    1. Berkut24
      Berkut24 19 December 2017 12: 40
      By the way, the car turned out lower than the same "Boomerang"

      Based on the fact that the chassis was taken from the BTR-80, it is difficult to expect that its dimensions will be very different from the damaged ancestor. And yes, according to Ukrainians "Boomerang" and did not stand nearby ...
      1. like this
        like this 19 December 2017 15: 37
        and how is it spoiled?
        1. Berkut24
          Berkut24 19 December 2017 18: 16
          There is a concept of a balanced machine. The BTR-82 is balanced in both weight and weaponry. But this is the maximum that could be squeezed out of its chassis. This is still an infantry delivery vehicle on the battlefield and its "light" support.
          The Ukrainians heavily overweighted him, but he never became a tank, the defense did not grow. The dimensions, armament and reliability of the combat module do not meet the machine’s objectives, although maybe we just don’t know the new concept of using APCs in the APU? For me, the BTR-80 has turned into a monster- "Cossack" (or super-Loise), where everything is either under ... or re ...
  3. faiver
    faiver 19 December 2017 07: 52
    some kind of crazy rating hi
    1. Alf
      Alf 19 December 2017 19: 59
      Quote: faiver
      some kind of crazy rating hi

      And where are the American armored personnel carriers? Where are the best American armored cars in the world ??? Complete zrada. Lustrate the authors of this comparison immediately! Garni slam, drag trash bins immediately!
  4. Graz
    Graz 19 December 2017 08: 36
    mixed in a bunch
    then they would compare the armored personnel carrier of one price segment, or the armored personnel carrier of the same class in terms of armament or mass (weight)
    1. staviator
      staviator 19 December 2017 16: 08
      And better in color laughing
  5. Kir
    Kir 19 December 2017 08: 38
    Bullshit, not a rating: to cram into one rating modernization options, a first-developed car and a promising project, according to which many parameters will generally still change, in addition to the Turkish-Arab project, generally or generally, weapons were not indicated with what they were armed (Japanese), or options and how you can evaluate it.
  6. Strashila
    Strashila 19 December 2017 08: 51
    "Defense Blog: the best armored personnel carriers of 2017" ... the best exhibition and parade models ... as soon as in battle ... it’s so easy to become pieces of iron .. so it was with the best tanks Abrams and Leopards.
  7. Lopatov
    Lopatov 19 December 2017 09: 38
    The most successful BTR of 2017 was definitely the French VBCI-2 from Nexter Systems. Which for some reason is not in the "rating" 8))). Qatar contract, 490 units, 3.2 billion euros

    The following should be considered the Turkish BTR Rabdan, or rather its localization in the Emirate. Emirate contract, 400 units, 661 million dollars, or 560 million euros

    The rest is a trifle.
    1. Babalaykin
      Babalaykin 19 December 2017 12: 41
      3.2 billion / 490 = 6.53 million apiece
      560 million / 400 = 1.4 million apiece.

      there is definitely no mistake? 4.6 times the difference is not small, is there a fur salon ??
      1. Lopatov
        Lopatov 19 December 2017 12: 51
        Quote: Babalaykin
        there is definitely no mistake? 4.6 times the difference is not small, is there a fur salon ??

        Absolutely not.
        Perhaps the “linear” French armored personnel carriers will be somewhat cheaper, but still very, very expensive.
        1. Babalaykin
          Babalaykin 19 December 2017 14: 52
          for such grandmothers a little bit of everything, and the tower inhabited, how so ?? Or is it still not time for the uninhabited?
          1. LastPS
            LastPS 21 December 2017 06: 40
            Uninhabited towers have problems with controlling the battlefield, and volume, it seems like they require more, so even xs what to say.
            1. Babalaykin
              Babalaykin 21 December 2017 20: 18
              I don’t agree about the volume, how many times they said that it is better to reserve such a tower without air at the same weight. Control of the battlefield is quite possible, but there are a lot of sights, it’s not without reason that they hang everything.
              1. LastPS
                LastPS 24 December 2017 08: 22
                Sights are vulnerable, triplexes allow you to have additional redundancy. And about the volume, I'm not talking about the size, but about the internal volume occupied by the DUM.
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  9. Tuzik
    Tuzik 19 December 2017 12: 22
    the best one that is for sale, here is the number of sold and make statistics
    1. stone
      stone 19 December 2017 13: 35
      the best one that is for sale ... I don’t agree if rich Arabs buy hundreds of armored personnel carriers from the French or Turks, for example, this does not mean that they are the best.
  10. Romka47
    Romka47 19 December 2017 14: 24
    Brad delirium. That's just the Israelis fellows, active protection is what ALL APC needs. on the modern battlefield, the armor of an armored personnel carrier (any one) will not last long, any ATGM, and even the "border" will burn it without a chance. The only option is to destroy the shell on approach.
  11. Leonard
    Leonard 19 December 2017 14: 43
    Best BTR of 2017

    1. Maverick1812
      Maverick1812 19 December 2017 15: 27
      This is the king! Just a king!!!
  12. CTABEP
    CTABEP 19 December 2017 17: 11
    Yeah, what for publish it at all? At the weapons assessment stage, a module with a 100mm cannon + 30mm is rated slightly higher than one machine gun and lower than all other samples. Idiocy taken from the ceiling figures.
  13. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 19 December 2017 17: 45
    Honestly, I am confused in our Eitan for how long 8 wheels will last
    35 tons of her weight. With a smooth ride on the highway - pull, but jumping over stones ...?
    No matter how the suspension fell apart.
    1. Vadim Kurbatov
      Vadim Kurbatov 20 December 2017 04: 01
      No matter how the armored personnel carrier itself doesn’t fall apart, the weight of an almost medium tank is compared to tanks of the last century
  14. Valery Saitov
    Valery Saitov 20 December 2017 14: 12
    "New armored personnel carriers of 2017, the editorial choice"))))
    And by what principle did the editors choose? By money, by armament, by color ... or maybe by sexuality.
    1. acetophenon
      acetophenon 21 December 2017 15: 52
      What a "wording", such a "choice".
  15. misti1973
    misti1973 20 December 2017 16: 09
    Of course, "expert" estimates are in doubt! Especially, the statement that the ukrov armored personnel carrier is able to protect against a grenade launcher :) Unless only from the Ukrainian!
  16. missuris
    missuris 20 December 2017 23: 16
    Eitan and Patria can still accept, they are being bought into the troops. and 3,4,5 etozh scribe they really are not yet.
  17. hezbola
    hezbola 2 January 2018 03: 45
    a double portion of the carnet will cure everyone already from 10 km, no kazy will have time to react to the second. Hellfire2 Aviation Ptur for Apaches and rq2 is only 9km.
  18. Stilet
    Stilet 2 January 2018 20: 32
    I would like to wish the author a more critical look at the obvious things. The technical characteristics of the machines are in different categories, as well as the technology of their production and the applied solutions for their tasks. The article is just a review.
  19. ALEXXX1983
    ALEXXX1983 18 March 2018 15: 10
    Quote: Stilet
    The article is just a review.

    Rather, shameful.
  20. tank-master
    tank-master 24 August 2018 00: 10
    I looked at the BTR-4 and realized .. that the screws for the melt with such protection were no longer needed ... the melt calculations were definitely not done ... although at the TP stage everything was calculated ... with such armor the BTR does not float ....