The Largest Security-Cleared Career Network for Defense and Intelligence Jobs - JOIN NOW


BTR-3E1 Armored Personnel Carrier

The state-run Kyiv armored plant, part of the state-run Ukroboronprom corporation, has built more than 50 armored personnel carriers (BTR-3) for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry in 2016.

“These new armored personnel carriers, equipped with battle modules with powerful cannons and guided missile systems, have strengthened the ranks of Ukraine’s armed services and National Guard,” Ukroboronprom’s press service said on 05 January 2017.

The press release said the factory repaired about 140 armored vehicles and heavy weapons during 2016. The majority of them were repaired by repair brigades, which did the work in the Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) zone [in eastern Ukraine].

The BTR-3E1 armored personnel carrier and its variants are manufactured in Ukraine by UkrespectExport and marketed to the United States Government and to the Iraqi Security Forces exclusively by Defense Solutions, Inc. The BTR-3E1 is an 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle designed to carry infantry troops, arms and supplies on the battlefield while providing fire support from a turret mounted gun. It can also carry out reconnaissance, combat support, and patrol missions.

The BTR-3E1 features lightweight armor, 9 firing ports, NBC protection, automatic fire fighting system, and a Central Tire Inflation System (CTIS). Four side and two top hatches -- enlarged from earlier versions -- allow troops to mount/dismount quickly. Its high mobility and its weight make the BTR-3E1 suitable for amphibious and airborne operations in many environments.

The baseline BTR-3E1 armored vehicle was armed with a 14.5mm main gun and one coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. Operational lessons learned demonstrated the need for a larger caliber main gun. The BTR-3E1 can be fitted with up to a 30 mm cannon that can be remotely operated to provide increased solider protection in hostile environments.

The 30mm gun has a maximum firing rate of 330 rounds per minute and can fire AP-T (Armour Piercing - Tracer), HEF-I (High Explosive Fragmentation - Incendiary) and HE-T (High Explosve - Tracer) rounds.

The BTR-3E1K is a command and control derivative of the proven BTR-3E1 featuring a crew of 6, additional communications equipment, and two workstations.

The BTR-3E1 armored personnel carrier (APC) is intended to transport mechanized infantry and to provide fire support in combat. It can be used as a basic vehicle for equipping quick reaction forces and marine units. The APC can operate day and night, in various climatic conditions, on hard surface roads, cross-country, and in an NBC environment. The operating temperature range of the APC is -40 to +130F.

The BTR-3E1 has three basic compartments: the front compartment (driving compartment); the middle compartment (fighting and troop compartments); the rear compartment (power pack compartment). This layout makes it possible to adapt the fighting and troop compartments for various applications without changing the layout of the power pack and transmission. The carrying capacity of the APCs chassis makes it possible, not only to provide multiple vehicle configurations, but also to install additional armor protection against small-caliber automatic weapons.

The BTR-3E1 is available in the following configurations:

  • BTR-3E1K command vehicle
  • BRM-3E1 combat reconnaissance vehicle
  • Repair and Recovery vehicle
  • MOP-3E1 fire support vehicle
  • BTR-3E1Sh command and staff vehicle
  • BSEM-3E1 armored ambulance, etc.

The BTR-3E1 power pack consists of a DEUTZ BF6M1015 diesel developing 326 hp coupled to an Allison MD3066 fully-automatic transmission. The power pack compartment is fitted with an automatic double-action fire extinguishing system. An air conditioning system is fitted as standard to ensure crew comfort in hot conditions.

The troop compartment accommodates six troops who enter and leave the vehicle by a door in either side of the hull. The lower part of the door folds downward to form a step with the upper part opening forward. There are also hatches in the roof and firing ports with associated vision devices provided in the sides and front of the vehicle.

The BTR-3E1 is fitted with the one-person unified fighting module that accommodates a number of weapon systems including 30mm gun, 7.62mm coaxial machine gun, 30mm automatic grenade launcher and anti-tank guided weapons. The fighting module design is flexible, which makes it possible to easily replace an existing weapon.

The 30mm dual-feed cannon has 350 rounds of ready-use ammunition. A total of 2,500 rounds are carried for the 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. The 30mm grenade launcher is mounted on the left side of the turret, having 29 rounds of ready-use ammunition, with an additional 87 rounds being carried in reserve (three magazines, each containing 29 rounds). Six 81mm electrically operated smoke/aerosol grenade launchers are mounted three on both sides of the turret rear and fires forward. The sighting systems include a commanders observation periscope and a stabilized sight that is integrated with the missile fire control system.

The standard equipment of the BTR-3E1 also includes hydraulically amplified powered steering on the front four road wheels and a central tire-pressure regulation system that allows the driver to adjust the tire pressure to suit the terrain being crossed. The vehicle is fully amphibious, and is propelled when afloat by a single water jet mounted at the rear of the hull. To prepare the vehicle for water, the driver erects a trim vane and switches on the bilge pumps from within the vehicle.

Description Value
Type: Armored Amphibious All-Wheel Drive


  • with small arms protection
16.4 ton
  • with additional larger caliber protection
= 25 ton




Commander, gunner, driver

Troop capacity

= 6 (Depending on configuration)







Power-to-weight ratio:

  • with small arms protection

= 28.6 hp/ton
  • with additional larger caliber protection

= 20 hp/ton

Maximum speed:

  • on road
85 km/hr (53 mph)
  • in water
= 8 km/hr (5 mph)

Cruising range

600 km (373 miles)


30 degrees
Vertical Obstacle
Side slope
25 degrees
Trench Obstacle

Operatinal Temperature

-15 to +55 Centigrade

Air Conditioning System

Webasto C6

Filter-ventilator unit



Air Heaters

Fire Suppressions System

Automatic: Double-Action om Powerpack Compartment



Power output
326 hp

Make and Model



Allison MD3066 Fully-Automatic
One man Stabilized


(Varies according to configuration)

Join the mailing list

Page last modified: 05-01-2017 17:55:30 ZULU