Novator Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)

Novator armoured personnel carrier (APC) is a modern light armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by Ukrainian Armor, a Ukraine-based producer of defence vehicles.

Project Type

Armoured personnel carrier


Ukrainian Armor

Primary Operator

Ukrainian Armed Forces

Gross Vehicle Weight



Novator armoured personnel carrier (APC) is a modern light armoured vehicle designed and manufactured by Ukrainian Armor, a Ukraine-based producer of defence vehicles.

The armoured vehicle can operate in difficult off-road conditions and can perform multiple missions, including patrolling, special operations, search and detention of criminals and transportation of wounded people.

The APC can be transformed into different platforms such as command and staff car, carrier vehicle, transport-combat machine, special forces combat vehicle, based on the requirement of armed forces.

The Novator APC was exhibited during the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in February 2019.

Novator APC development details

The armoured vehicle passed departmental tests of the state border service of Ukraine and the first stage of the national tests in December 2019.

The APC underwent firing tests at the 169th training centre Desna of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in November 2019. The tests included firing exercises using a 12.7mm machine gun and tank testing in tough off-road conditions.

Ukrainian Armor unveiled a civilian variant of Novator APC in November 2019. The civilian version will match its military counterpart and the company intends to invest the revenue generated from the vehicle into the development and production of new models of weapons and military equipment.

Orders and deliveries

Ukrainian Armor supplied a consignment of Novator specialised armoured vehicles to the National Guard of Ukraine under the state contract in March 2020.

In May 2020, Ukrainian Armor supplied an additional Novator APC to the National Guard free of charge as the company managed to achieve cost reductions under the state contract.

The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine received a batch of Novator armoured vehicles from Ukrainian Armor in November 2019.

Novator APC design and features

The Novator APC is based on a Ford F-550 4×4 chassis and measures 6.4m long, 2.35m wide and 2.38m high. It has a wheelbase of 3.6m and offers a ground clearance of 300mm.

The gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the APC is 8,845kg, while its maximum payload capacity and maximum combat weight are 1,845kg and 7,945kg respectively.

The APCs are equipped with radio station, night vision devices, automatic fire extinguishing system, special video recorder, as well as semi-automatic tire pumping system.

The APC has the capacity to accommodate five personnel in its reconnaissance configuration and can transport eight to ten occupants in the transportation of personnel. The door mechanism enables the power-locking of heavy-duty doors weighing up to 300kg.

Armament and self-protection

The Novator APC can be installed with the Iva combat module mounting a 12.7mm calibre machine gun. The vehicle has five gun ports and a provision for installing a powder gases ventilation system.

A multi-layer bulletproof glass with additional anti-spall layer will provide more protection to crew members. External mounting helps in providing more space inside the vehicle.

The armoured vehicle can withstand the impact of 7.62mm gunfire from the SVD rifle and blasting from two RGD-5 type hand grenades.

Engine and mobility of Novator armoured vehicle

The APC is powered by Ford V8 Super turbo diesel engine which generates a maximum power output of 300hp and a maximum torque of 996Nm. The engine is coupled to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The vehicle has a maximum speed of 170km/h on road, while its range on rough terrains and highways is 700km and 1,000km respectively.

The APC is equipped with an electric shock protection and waterproof winch with a 25m-long steel cable. The winch offers a towing capacity of 7t and can be installed with a set of pulley blocks to increase traction.

The rubber run-flat tires enable the vehicle to travel up to 50km on off road, after a sudden loss of tire inflation pressure.

The vehicle has the capability of crossing water obstacles of 1.4m deep and can also negotiate gradient and side slopes of 30° and 20° respectively.

The multi-purpose mobile platform can operate in different climate conditions with temperatures varying between -40°C and 50°C.

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