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BMPV-64 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle

Ukraine

BMPV-64 HIFV

BMPV-64 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Unveiled / Entered Service
2005
BMPV-64 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Status
Former Prototype
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Introduction

The BMPV-64 is a former Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle developed in Ukraine. It uses a converted T-64 Main Battle Tank hull and two versions or rather two different prototypes have been built. The vehicle is not in service with any countries.

Background

The concept of converting obsolete or surplus tanks into heavy infantry fighting vehicles or armoured personnel carriers is not a novel one to just Ukraine.

APC’s and IFV are constructed of relatively thin steel or aluminum offering basic level of protections against machine guns, medium calibre weapons and RPG attacks. Tanks however are built of thicker armoured steel offering greater levels of protection, especially in built up urban area’s.

The conversion process is also believed to be more cost effective than developing and manufacturing APC/IFV. The only country to truly make the HIFV concept work is Israel, with both the Achzarit (T-55) and Namer (Merkava).

The conversion process from a tank to HIFV is simple. The turret is removed, the engine is moved from the rear to the front of the hull and an armoured structure is built above the old engine bay and turret ring to create the armoured troop section. A new door/ramp for the troops to disembark the vehicle is fitted into the rear.

The first example of the BMPV-64 was exhibited in 2005 by the vehicles manufacturer, the state owned Kharkov Armored Plant. The decision to use the T-64 hull could be down to (i) the large number of surplus T-64 in storage or (ii) that the Ukrainian Army would purchase the vehicle as their principal tank was the still the T-64. It’s believed the project was terminated in 2016.

Variants and Marks

Initial Prototype BMPV-64 (2005)

This featured an unspecified passive ceramic across the frontal arc and Nizh explosive reactive armour across the super structure. The rear entrance was a set of double doors and an overhead weapon station armed with a 30mm 2A42 medium calibre chain gun. This later saw the addition of a single ATGM launcher mounted on the top, left side.

Second Prototype BMPT-64 (2012)

This featured a new larger remote turret capable of using different 30mm medium calibre chain guns and a dual anti-tank guided missile launcher mounted on both sides. The super structure was equipped with Duplet-2M third-generation  tandem explosive reactive armour. The rear doors were replaced by a powered ramp.

Proposed Variants

Scaled down plastic models of the BMPT-64 were made of an Armoured Recovery Vehicle, Multiple Launch Rocket System, and 120mm mortar carrier.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
30mm Chain Gun
ATGM Capability
x2 ATGM
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Remote Weapons Station with MG
Ammunition Storage
Unknown
Engine
Diesel
Transmission
?
Top Road Speed
?
Road Range
?
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
?
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
?
Gradient
?
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
N/A
Length Hull
6.5m
Width
3.3m
Height
1.95m (turret roof)
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
34.5 Tonne
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Laminated, Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA)
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Driver
Infantry
12