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BTMP-84
Ukraine

BTMP-84 Tank

BTMP-84 Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
2001
BTMP-84 Tank
Status
Former Prototype
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Introduction

The BTMP-84 is a Ukrainian Main Battle Tank prototype, sometimes incorrectly referred to a heavy infantry fighting vehicle as the calibre of the main gun (over 75mm) automatically classifies the vehicle as a "Battle Tank".

Background

The future of the main battle tank has been continually debated for over 25 years. Tanks are not invulnerable and require the infantry to work with them, as does the infantry require tanks to work with them. This lead to the development of the Armoured Personnel Carrier and then the Infantry Fighting Vehicle during the Cold War. But the later two vehicles both lack the levels of protection afforded by tanks.

Its for all these reasons that the Ukrainian Kharkiv Mechanical Engineering Design Bureau designed the BTMP-84, a Main Battle Tank that offered a troop section in the rear, capable of carrying 5 infantrymen into combat under the protection of tank armour.

This was not the first time such a tank had been developed. Israel had done the same with the Merkava tank series, originally developed in the 1970’s with great success.

However, the BTMP-84 designed raised a few issues. (i) the engine was not relocated to the front of the hull, which reduced the capacity of the troop section in the superstructure and (ii) the later interfered with the operations of the main gun, as it was higher than the rest of the hull.

Only one prototype was built and was unveiled at the 2001 IDEX exhibition in Abu Dhabi. After a lack of interest in the vehicle, marketing of the vehicle ceased.

The hull of the vehicle is a modified and lengthened Ukrainian T-84 Main Battle Tank. It would appear that the engine was placed¬† on the right side of the superstructure at a 90 degree angle, whilst the left side was used for access to the troop compartment, which was a single door that opened outwards and a roof that opened up partially at 45 degree’s.

The turret features the same Explosive Reactive Armour and composite armour of the T-84 and the locally produced soft-kill Shtora-1 Active Protection System.

The vehicle is armed with the 125mm KBA3 smoothbore main gun, which is capable of firing all Russian developed 125mm ammunition and fed by an autoloader. Additional weapons include coaxial machine gun, the KT-7.62 and a 12.7mm Machine Gun on the Commanders cupola.

Variants and Marks

BTMP-72

A second vehicle with the same concept of an infantry compartment in the rear was developed using a stretched T-72 Main Battle Tank hull and possible T-80UD turret known as either BTMP-72 or BMT-72.

This vehicle differed from the BTMP-84 in there was no superstructure, no rear access door and the engine is not relocated. The process of extending the hull generates a troop compartment between the engine bay and turret ring.

It appears there was only seating for three infantrymen, with the only access being climbing through three roof hatches directly above them. Just like the BTMP-84, no orders were placed for the vehicle and the project was eventually terminated.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
125mm KBA3 smoothbore
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, commanders 50 cal machine gun
Ammunition Storage
x48? 125mm, x1250 7.62mm, x450 12.7mm
Engine
1200hp 6TD-2 Diesel
Transmission
x7 forward gears & x1 reverse gear
Top Road Speed
70 km/h
Road Range
?
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
?
Length Hull
7.71m
Width
3.6m
Height
2.22m
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
48.6 Tonne
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
soft_kill
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Driver, Infantry Capacity