21 Oktober 2017
The BT-3F with gross combat weight 18.5 tons (photo : Tractor Plants)
MANAMA (Bahrain) - RIA Novosti. Russia is negotiating with Indonesia for the delivery of amphibious armored personnel carriers (BTR) BT-3F, Deputy Director General of Rosoboronexport (RoE), who heads the ROE delegation at this arms salon, Sergei Goreslavsky, told reporters on Tuesday at the BIDEC-2017 exhibition.
"The negotiations on this subject are underway, the command of the Armed Forces gives exceptional importance to two-armored vehicles," he said, responding to a journalist's question.
Goreslavsky noted that initially the Indonesian side raised the issue of doubling its fleet of fleet infantry fighting vehicles by Russian BMP-3F.
Earlier in some media, information was published, according to which Indonesia intends to abandon the purchase of amphibious Ukrainian production BTR-4 in favor of a new Russian armored vehicle BT-3F.
Indonesia want to double its fleet of BMP-3F (photo : defence.pk)
It was assumed that the negotiations will be held during the visit of the Indonesian delegation to the international military-technical forum "Army-2017".
According to these publications, Indonesia's Marines, testing the BTR-4 floating wheeled vehicles, concluded that the Ukrainian armored car was excessively "buried" in the water while overcoming water obstacles at full speed.
BT-3F developed by the enterprise "Kurganmashzavod" was first introduced at the forum "Army-2016". He can move on water and despatch from transport aircraft. The crew of the BT-3F is three men, with the armored personnel carrier taking on board up to 14 paratroopers.
On the roof of the combat vehicle is a remotely controlled combat module with a 7.62 mm machine gun with a thermal imaging sight and a laser range finder. A diesel engine with a capacity of 500 horsepower allows onshore to develop a speed of up to 70 kilometers per hour, and afloat - up to 10 kilometers per hour.