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Bulat (APC)

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Place of origin  Russia
Used by  Russia
Weight  15.9 -19.5 t
In service  2013 - present
Manufacturer  Kamaz and Zaschita
Bulat (APC)
Type  Wheeled armored personnel carrier

SBA-60K2 Bulat armored personnel carrier was developed by Kamaz and Zaschita corporation as a private venture. Development of this vehicle commenced in 2010 and was completed in 2013. It is further development of BPM-97 with 6x6 configuration. Russia already has uses 15 Bulat Vehicle received them in late 2014, and ordered new batch of 50 vehicle from the Russian manufacturer Zashcita.

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Description

Layout of the Bulat SBA-60-K2 is very similar to old Soviet-built BTR-152 with the engine at the front, commander and driver behind the engine and the troop compartment at the rear. The Bulat APC is based on the KamAZ-5350 6x6 utility truck, fitted with armored hull. Bulat APC can be used for many roles including: transport soldiers and equipment, patrol missions, escort convoy, and Mine & IED clearance.

It has space for 8 soldiers with their equipment plus 2 crew members. The troops enter and leave via twin doors in the rear of the hull which open outwards, each door are fitted with one single bulletproof window and one firing port. The roof of the crew compartment is fitted with 6 hatches and each side of the hull can be fitted with three to four bulletproof windows with one single firing port under each window.

This armored vehicle is powered by KamAZ-740.31-240 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 240 hp. It is mated with a 10-speed manual transmission. Vehicle has 6x6 configuration. It has limited cross-country capability. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and self-recovery winch.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, engine fire suppression system, and special racks for the rifles and other personal weapons. There are a number of other available options including a satellite-based land navigation system, cameras for 360-degree situational awareness, and additional heating.

Protection

Bulat armor withstand 7.62 mm. The vehicle has prominent inclinations angles to deflect bullets and artillery shell splinters, in addition V-shaped hull to increase protection against mines and IED, bottom of the hull resist explosion equivalent 1 kg of TNT, to enhance protection the vehicle fitted with mine resistant seats.

Weapons

The APC armed with remotely controlled 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun.

Variants

Listva specialized route clearance vehicle. It is fitted with mine detection and disposal equipment. It can dispose discovered mines, IEDs and other explosive hazards. This vehicle is intended to prove the route for the Russian Topol, Topol-M and Yars road mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles. It entered service with the Strategic Missile Troops in 2014.

References

Bulat (APC) Wikipedia


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