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The Main Conclusion of Six Months of War: the Experience of Using Armored Personnel Carriers (BMPs, BTRs, BMDs) In the Russo-Ukrainian War

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Destroyed russia's armored infantry carrier / Open source photo
Destroyed russia's armored infantry carrier / Open source photo

And can these armored vehicles effectively break through the enemy's defense today

Soviet and russian infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers are insufficiently protected to take part in a breakthrough of the enemy's defense, this conclusion can be drawn after six months of full-scale Russo-Ukrainian war, retired lieutenant colonel Mykola Salamakha, a specialist in the field of armored vehicles, told Espreso.TV.

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Captured russia's BMP-3 / Open source photo

"The enemy faced the fact that the protection of BTR-80, BTR-80A, BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, BMP-1, BMP-2 and even BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, and even more so BMD-4 and BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles is insufficient to be applied in breaking through the defense of the enemy, who uses modern anti-tank weapons. This is actually something new that we have seen in the last six months," Salamakha says.

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The Main Conclusion Of Six Months Of War: the Experience of Using Armored Personnel Carriers (BMPs, BTRs, BMDs) In the War In Ukraine, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
russia's BTR-82 / Illustrative photo from open sources

He also notes that russia's experience of using tank support combat vehicles, which appeared for the first time on the territory of Ukraine a couple of months ago, demonstrates that "the future is precisely behind armored combat vehicles of this class of protection" - at the same time, as Salamaha said earlier, the concept of russia’s BMPT is a dead end.

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russia's BMPT Terminator column in Luhansk region / Open source photo

Salamakha also notes that the times when APCs were planned to be used as an armored fist when overcoming the territories hit by nuclear weapons are also gone: "Why? Because even the use of tactical nuclear weapons, according to specialists, does not always lead to the results that the command sets."

The Main Conclusion Of Six Months Of War: the Experience of Using Armored Personnel Carriers (BMPs, BTRs, BMDs) In the War In Ukraine, Defense Express, war in Ukraine, Russian-Ukrainian war
russia's BMP Manul concept / Illustrative photo from open sources

Defense Express previously reported that today russia’s Ministry of Defense wants to resume production of the BMP-2 instead of the BMP-3 and even held negotiations with Kurganmashzavod.

The Main Conclusion Of Six Months Of War: the Experience of Using Armored Personnel Carriers (BMPs, BTRs, BMDs) In the War In Ukraine
The main requirement for armored vehicles is to protect, not fly / Illustrative photo from open sources
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