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​Video of russian Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier on Chassis of T-72 or T-90 Tank Appeares Online

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BMO-T armored fighting vehicle of the russian army / Open source illustrative photo
BMO-T armored fighting vehicle of the russian army / Open source illustrative photo

Frames of a heavy tracked armored personnel carrier based on chassis of a T-72 or T-90 tank, have appeared online. This vehicle was udergoing road tests on the production premises of the russian tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod

Judging from the external appearance of this vehicle, it can be assumed that its body has a front-engine layout. It is also possible that the design of this vehicle may allow the installation of combat module. In such a case, it can already be about a heavy infantry fighting vehicle. The resource btvt_2019, which specializes in armored vehicles, writes about this.

The fact that such a vehicle is being tested attracts special attention, since heavy armored personnel carriers and/or infantry fighting vehicles have not been in service in the russian army at this time.

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Video of russian Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier on Chassis of T-72 or T-90 Tank Appeares Online, Defense Express
russian heavy armored personnel carrier based on T-72 or T-90 under testing, July 2024 / images published by btvt_2019

As an example, we can mention the rare BMO-T Recovery Vehicle based on T-72 tank, of which, as of the beginning of 2022, there were only about 10 in the russian army. But in this case, there is, rather, a specialized vehicle for delivering flamethrowers, but not "classic" armored personnel carrier.

Video of russian Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier on Chassis of T-72 or T-90 Tank Appeares Online, A prototype of BMO-T Recovery Vehicle / archive images by btvt_2019, Defense Express
A prototype of BMO-T Recovery Vehicle / archive images by btvt_2019

In addition, it should be noted that the heavy tracked armored vehicle with a front-mounted engine compartment is somewhat new in principle for russian developers.

With great confidence, for the production of such important BTR/IFVs, the Russians will use existing stocks of old T-90 and T-72 tanks.

Video of russian Heavy Armored Personnel Carrier on Chassis of T-72 or T-90 Tank Appeares Online, Defense Express
Unimplemented project of the important BTR-T (on the T-55 chassis) / archive images by btvt_2019

According to OSINT analyst Covert Cabal, by August 2023, there could be 50 T-90 tanks as well as about 1,800 T-72 tanks of various modifications stored at russian bases.

Earlier, Defense Express reported, that Rare UMZ-G Minelayer on T-72 Base Rolled Out By russian Forces

Demonstration of UMZ-G mobile minelaying system at the Armiya-2019 military exhibition, Defense Express
Demonstration of UMZ-G mobile minelaying system at the Armiya-2019 military exhibition / Open-source archive photo
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