Meant to Hit Serial Production Last Year: russians Use Untested APCs to Provide River Crossings

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russian BT-3F amphibious armored personnel carrier  Open source photo
russian BT-3F amphibious armored personnel carrier Open source photo

The vehicle hasn’t finished russian state tests, but already serves russian army in Ukraine

Despite Ukrainian forces methodically destroying enemy river crossings, russian invaders still try to manage logistics of the forces trapped on the right bank of Dnipro river in the south of Ukraine.

Defense Express learnt from several own sources how the russians tried to create a crossing over Dnipro and also Inhulets – a smaller river that is no less crucial for the logistics of the group of forces occupying major city Kherson.

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russian BT-3F amphibious armored personnel carrier / Open source photo

What’s interesting is that the ferry crossings set up there by russian occupiers are most likely functioning thanks to the BT-3F armored personnel carriers. Those are notable in a way that the vehicle only passed preliminary tests in February 2022. At that time there was no contract made with russian army yet, according to the available data.

Moreover, from an interview of russian TASS with Petr Tyukov, the CEO of JSC "Kurganmashzavod", published August 12, 2022, we can learn that there was still no contract on the supply of those as of August. He said the vehicle had not passed the state tests yet.

BT-3F
BT-3F is not officially adopted by the russian armed forces yet / Photo credit: Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Also we know that at the end of 2019 – in early 2020 a contract on supply of 100 units of BT-3F was made between the russian federation and Indonesia, with the deadline set by the end of 2022.

In other words, we can assume that some of the vehicles were in fact produced, and maybe a few units were deployed to Ukraine instead of going to Indonesia.

Anyway, in the outcome we can see that russians are forced to use non-serial equipment, furthermore designed for naval infantry, that is, russian army continues to use marines for land combat.

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