Defence Solutions has joined the team producing a Nato-compatible armoured personnel carrier, the BTR-4, for the world military and police markets.

The BTR-4 was unveiled at UAE’s International Defence Exhibition in February 2009 and attracted interest from Iraqi officials and officials from other countries. The BTR-4 will be manufactured in Ukraine and assembled in Macedonia.

The estimated worldwide market for the Nato-compatible BTR-4 at 2,500 to 4,000 units over the next ten years with an average acquisition cost of $1.5m to $2.0m each, depending on the configuration.

Defense Solutions’s chief executive, Colonel Tim Ringgold said that the company would add there know how of American technologies to the project.

“Defense Solutions has joined the team because the BTR 4 offers the best price-performance ratio on the market and because both Ukraine and Macedonia are important American allies in the global war on terror,” Ringgold said.

The layout of the BTR-4 represents a dramatic change compared to the older BTR family of vehicles. The BTR-4 has a conventional layout with the driver and commander at the front of the vehicle, the engine and transmission in the middle, and the troop compartment at the rear.

The vehicle carries nine fully equipped soldiers in addition to the two-man crew. Soldiers enter and exit the vehicle either through the rear doors or the roof hatches.

The BTR-4 can be armed with a 30mm cannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine-gun, anti-tank missiles, and an automatic grenade launcher. It can also be fitted with different turret weapons modules. The BTR-4 has a maximum road speed of 68mph and can cross water obstacles at speeds of 8km/h-10km/h.

By Daniel Garrun.