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BTR-D is a variant of the BMD-1, with an additional road wheel, the turret removed, and with a raised hatch area. The BTR-D, which can carry 13 men including 10 infantrymen in the rear compartment, features improved protection through the use of a dual slanted angle in the upper plates of the front armor. First seen during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the BTR-D is often referred to as the BMD M1979 by NATO. This a multi-purpose armored transporter can be parachute landed with airborne troops, and is used by Air Assault Forces in a variety of roles and configurations. The BTR-Ds in grenade launcher units will carry one AGS-17 30-mm AGL in the rear. Options include the Kliver turret with a 30-mm gun, 7.62-mm coax MG, thermal sights, superior day sights, and (four) Kornet ATGM launchers.



Alternative Designations BMD M1979
Date of Introduction 1974
Proliferation At least 1 country
Crew 1
Troop Capacity 12 passengers
Combat Weight (mt) 6.7
Chassis Length Overall (m) 5.88
Height Overall (m) 1.67
Width Overall (m) 2.63
Ground Pressure (kg/cm 2 ) 0.5
Automotive Performance
Engine Type 240-hp Diesel
Cruising Range (km) 500
Speed (km/h)
Max Road 61
Max Off-Road 35
Average Cross-Country INA
Max Swim 10
Fording Depth (m) Amphibious
Radio R-123
Armor, Turret Front (mm) "Antibullet" (7.62-mm)
Applique Armor (mm) N/A
Explosive Reactive Armor (mm) N/A
Mineclearing Equipment N/A
Self-Entrenching Blade N/A
Active Protective System No
NBC Protection System Yes
Smoke Equipment 2x2 forward firing smoke grenade launchers Vehicle engine exhaust smoke system (VEESS)
Main Armament
Caliber, Type, Name 7.62-mm (7.62 x 54R) machinegun, PKT
Rate of Fire (rd/min) 250 practical / 650 cyclic, in 2-10 round bursts
Loader Type Belt-fed
Ready/Stowed Rounds INA
Elevation () INA
Fire on Move Yes
Auxiliary Weapon N/A
ATGM Launcher N/A
Firing Ports 2 on each side, 1 in left rear door, permit two 5.45-mm RPK-74 light machineguns to be used.
FCS Name N/A
Main Gun Stabilization N/A
Rangefinder N/A
Infrared Searchlight N/A
Sights w/Magnification Open, 1x
Commander Fire Main Gun No
Caliber, Type, Name7.62-mm API
Maximum Aimed Range (m) 1,500
Max Effective Range (m)
Day 1,000 m / 400-500 on the move
Night INA
Tactical AA Range INA
Armor Penetration (mm) 8 (RHA) at 500 m
Other Ammunition Types 7.62-mm Light Ball, Ball-T, Heavy Ball, API, API-T, Incendiary

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