Rostec State Corporation will make the first presentation of BT-3F, an amphibious armoured personnel carrier with a remotely-operated weapon station (WS), at the International Military Technical Forum Army-2019. The new WS is equipped with a dual-plane stabilised platform and a 12.7 mm Kord machine gun.
The WS has a gyroscopic system for aiming sight and weapon stabilisation to hit targets in motion and afloat. It has a laser rangefinder, a thermo-vision aiming sight functionality, built-in system diagnostics and a cartridge counter indicating when the ammunition runs out. The machine gun elevation angle has been increased to minus 10 degrees to fight targets located on hill slopes.
“The BT-3F is a joint product of Rostec companies. Created at Kurganmashzavod, its WS was developed by Uralvagonzavod’s subsidiary Elektromashina. Also involved were companies specialising in large-calibre small arms, which helped significantly improve its firing capabilities. BT-3F is a high-quality, elegant, reliable machine with good combat functionality and a high export potential,” says Rostec’s Industrial Director Sergey Abramov.
The BT-3F on a BMP-3 chassis is designed for transporting marine, coast guard and ground forces and provides fire support for dismounting troops in any type of combat operations. It can transport 17 people, including crew members. Its driving compartment accommodates the driver, while the assistant commander and the paratrooper, stationed on the left and right sides, are able to use machine guns from their autonomous locations.
For this armoured personnel carrier, Rostec’s subsidiary High Precision Complexes developed energy-absorbing folding armchairs that significantly reduce the shock load in case the carrier is blown up by a land mine or has to move across a rough terrain. Its seats have seat belts for the security of the crew and troops, and it is equipped by a modular compressor-operated air conditioner for operations in tropical regions.
Rosoboronexport signed the first supply contract for the BT-3F with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia in April this year.