A military expert called the Ukrainian BTR "coffin on wheels"
"First of all, because the Soviet armored personnel carriers BTR-80 and the armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicles of the BRDM-2, which are in service with the Ukrainian security forces (there is no other alternative in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the BTR-70 and the BRDM-1 lose earlier in all parameters in all parameters ) created to perform completely different tasks ", - said Tymchuk.
According to him, the only advantage of the BTR-80 armored personnel carrier for hot climate conditions during peacekeeping operations, for example, in Africa is the V-shaped eight-cylinder diesel engine KAMAZ-7403 with liquid-cooled and turbo-compressor supercharged. It behaves at high temperature much better than carburetor "engines".
“However, the“ patrimony ”of the BTR is a field,“ operational space. ”It is simply unsuitable for patrolling in populated areas. Large size and absolutely insufficient view from the cab, as well as the absence of a serious modern mine protection bottom, often make it a“ coffin on wheels ” - said the expert.
However, according to Tymchuk, the armored vehicles Dozor-B of Kharkov production are much better suited for ATO. “Many years ago it became clear that Ukrainian security forces need more modern armored vehicles. While Ukraine has designs of armored vehicles (and Dozor-B, developed by the Kharkiv Morozov Design Bureau in the 2005 year (!), Among them) which are suitable for stabilization operations much more than military equipment of the Cold War.
“As for the combat armored vehicle (BBM) Dozor-B, Ukraine’s disgrace was that Ukrainian developers, not finding use of this car in their own country, were forced to sell a license to manufacture it to foreign manufacturers. In particular, as you know, In early September, 2013 in the Polish city of Kielce, the International Exhibition of Defense Industry Products MSPO 2013 Kielce Fairground paid particular attention to the Polish public just Dozor-B, represented by the state foreign trade and investment firm Ukrinmash (included in the state concern "Ukroboronprom"), - he said.
"In terms of the concept of launching into production of modern Ukrainian BBM, I would pay attention to another detail. Namely, that Dozor-B can be equipped with a European-made IVECO 8142.38.11 or DEUTZ BF 4M 1013 FC engines as a power plant ... Of course, it’s great. But the problem in finding funds for mass production of Ukrainian BBM and promoting them on the foreign market. Whereas participation in the production of EU manufacturers solves this problem, ”the expert believes.
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