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BT-3F: a universal armored personnel carrier, created taking into account the experience of the Northern Military District

BT-3F: a universal armored personnel carrier, created taking into account the experience of the Northern Military District

During the Army-2023 forum, many developments of the domestic military-industrial complex were presented, including those that took into account the comments and wishes of the Russian Armed Forces servicemen participating in the military-industrial complex in Ukraine.

One of these examples is the newest Russian armored personnel carrier BT-3F, designed to deliver soldiers from marine units and created on the basis of the BMP-3.

According to the commentary of a representative of Kurganmashzavod PJSC (developer), the BT-3F is capable of transporting troops of up to 15 people and combines all the advantages of the BMP-3, on the basis of which it was created.

Based on the experience of the SVO, additional screens and anti-cumulative grilles were installed on the vehicle, which significantly increased the survivability of the armored personnel carrier in conditions of high-intensity conflict.

According to the developer, this version of the vehicle was equipped with a panoramic sight with an installed Kornet ATGM. In addition, it can be equipped with a remote-controlled 12,7 mm caliber module.

Water jets installed in the rear allow the vehicle to move through the water. The maximum speed in this mode is up to 10 km/h. At the same time, on the highway the armored personnel carrier is capable of accelerating up to 70 km/h.

It is also important that the BT-3F is capable of towing artillery, for which the vehicle is equipped with an appropriate towbar.

As a representative of Kurganmashzavod PJSC put it, they managed to create a universal vehicle designed not only for transporting troops. According to him, the BT-3F is capable of transporting cargo and even fuel in special soft bags, and also acting as a communications vehicle, radiochemical warfare equipment, electronic warfare, etc.


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  1. Ulan.1812
    Ulan.1812 19 September 2023 14: 50
    Combat use at the front will show whether the vehicle succeeded or not.
    We are waiting for our soldiers to have it.
    1. URAL72
      URAL72 19 September 2023 15: 07
      The front is yes, but I think you need to take it without looking. In my opinion, this is an excellent replacement for MTLB. Moto League has shown itself to be essentially irreplaceable. So the army needs such a machine. It will become the basis for dozens of modifications.
  2. Igor Borisov_2
    Igor Borisov_2 19 September 2023 14: 50
    It seems to have worked out well. We need to test it in the NWO zone...
    1. svp67
      svp67 19 September 2023 15: 09
      Quote: Igor Borisov_2
      It seems to have worked out well.

      What is the success? It is “successful” only for “Kurgan residents”, since it allows it to be produced without rebuilding production. But the base itself, and this is the BMP-3, is already outdated. The SVO showed that if it is not able to produce the Kurganets, then it is necessary to give the Manul to the army and, on its basis, make a similar armored personnel carrier...
      1. whitebeard
        whitebeard 20 September 2023 21: 12
        The BMP-3 is not that outdated, but in principle is not a real BMP, but only an ersatz. But in fact - a light tank with an inconvenient landing compartment screwed into the tank layout
  3. Andriuha077
    Andriuha077 19 September 2023 15: 21
    About survivability under fire during crossing
    Water jets installed in the rear allow the vehicle to move through the water. The maximum speed in this mode is up to 10 km/h.
    Several small cars will decorate the ribbon.
    "Drozd" is made of composite materials and has mine protection.
    Ground speed, km/h 100
    Water speed, km/h 70
    The Phibian is capable of reaching over 30 mph on the water.
    NAMI-055 on hydrofoils, with a full load on water up to 60 km/h.
    Experienced amphibious vehicle NAMI-0281 for rapid response units. 1989 On the highway the car reached a speed of 125 km/h.

  4. steelmaker
    steelmaker 19 September 2023 18: 51
    They are advertising for sale again. If we had enough money in the army, we would participate in the SVO, and there would already be a line of buyers lining up. And so, it’s made for parades.
    1. whitebeard
      whitebeard 20 September 2023 21: 14
      Well, why for parades? Just an ordinary BMP-3 with an additional body kit and crazy. Those. in principle, the layout remained the same, inconvenient for an infantry fighting vehicle or armored personnel carrier. Just a variation on a theme, nothing more, somewhat cheaper to produce than the original 3
  5. Nikolay Dyaglev
    Nikolay Dyaglev 20 September 2023 13: 18
    BT 3f was created at the request of Indonesia for its marines, the SVO has nothing to do with it at all, what kind of writer is that? Then for a long time they tried to sell this armored personnel carrier to our Marines, it seemed that it was starting to work out, why is it needed - the question is. ATGMs are installed on everything that is possible, and, as wars show, such a scheme does not have any advantages, because infantry fighting vehicles also have ATGMs, but for the first line of defense it is better to have a portable one, it is easier to camouflage. It would be better if they asked the soldiers what they needed, instead of making crafts and laundering the money
    1. whitebeard
      whitebeard 20 September 2023 21: 17
      It depends on what kind of ATGM you install - if it’s long-range and with good sights, then you can (and should) fire from afar from an ambush. But the absence of a tower makes it easier to camouflage due to the lower silhouette, and to use the released mass for additional protection, without losing the ability to swim. So there is a niche for such an armored personnel carrier, you just need to use it correctly and in the right place
  6. Attentive
    Attentive 20 September 2023 18: 44
    Are there no KAZ modules? Scrap! No drone detection module? Scrap! Has the frontal armor been enhanced to that of a tank? No? And they need to go on the attack... For scrap!
    1. cast iron
      cast iron 21 September 2023 20: 29
      Attack on a floating armored personnel carrier? Are you by any chance one of those commanders who uses troops and equipment for other purposes?
  7. cast iron
    cast iron 21 September 2023 20: 34
    The chassis on this under-armored personnel carrier is from the BMP-3. It turns out to be an expensive toy. Expensive and inconvenient for a soldier. Perhaps it’s only convenient for Marines in that there’s no need to seal the back door, since the door is on top. It is not suitable as a combined arms armored personnel carrier. This arrangement has already been done - it’s called BTR-50. The T TR-50 was made this way because of poverty and hopelessness. In order not to spray funds, a very inconvenient armored personnel carrier was made on the basis of the amphibious tank. But then there was no money and technology, what’s stopping you from doing it humanely now?