The first armored personnel carrier BTR-V2 developed in Belarus is undergoing research tests. It can be put into service in “a year and a half,” said Dmitry Pantus, chairman of the republic’s State Committee for Military Industry.
The armored personnel carrier was developed at the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant (MZKT). After the research tests, the designers will finalize the project, Pantus explained in an interview. TV channel “Belarus 1”. After that, the prototype will go to state tests.
Pantus said that the armored personnel carrier can receive several options for weapons. In parallel, the MZKT is working on a modification with a fully modernized turret from the Soviet BMP-2. Another option is the BM-30 uninhabited combat module, developed in Belarus.
BTR-V2 is intended for special operations forces. How much the first Belarusian armored personnel carrier will cost is still unclear. “We set ourselves the task that this machine does not become more expensive than the Russian-made BTR-82A,” Pantus explained.
According to open sources, the BTR-V2 is an 8 x 8 amphibious armored vehicle. With a mass of 20 tons, it can carry eight paratroopers. Operated by three crew members. Equipped with a Chinese-designed diesel engine. Introduced in 2021, the prototype is armed with a 30 mm 2A42 automatic cannon and a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun, as well as an anti-tank guided missile launcher.