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    MT-LB another soviet hero

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    Post  d_taddei2 Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:50 am

    when people think of soviet hero's (in terms of equipment etc) most will automatically think T-55, T-72, BMP-1, BM-21, Mig-21 and Mig-25 etc etc,

    But one piece of equipment that often gets forgotten about and many people even over look it, is the MT-LB. Why is it a Soviet hero? i think it has to be said one word comes to mind versatility and the fact its still in wide spread use and in vast numbers, its been used in just about every form of armour vehicle variant known to man. Its also still being purchased by countries, Iraq recently placed an order for roughly 500 MT-LB's armed with ZU-23-2 23.

    A brief description of the vehicle taken from source - The crew, a driver and a commander/gunner sit in a compartment at the front of the vehicle, with the engine behind them. A compartment at the rear enables up to 11 infantry to be carried or a cargo of up to 2,000 kg. A load of 6,500 kg can be towed. The vehicle is fully amphibious, being propelled by its tracks in the water.

    A small turret at the front of the vehicle fits a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun with 360 degree manual traverse and an elevation of -5 to +30 degrees. The vehicle is lightly armoured against small arms and shell splinters with a thickness of 3 to 10 mm of steel. The infantry compartment has two hatches over the top, which open forwards. There are four firing ports - one in either side of the hull, the other two in the rear twin doors of the infantry compartment.

    The driver is provided with a TVN-2 infra-red periscope, which in combination with the OU-3GK infra-red/white light search light provides a range of about 40 m. All vehicles include an NBC system.

    Below is a list of some of its uses:

    Artillery tractor
    Ambulance
    Arctic (climate) vehicle
    Ground surveillance radar vehicle
    Anti-tank version armed with AT-6
    NBC reconnaissance
    Engineer vehicle, with an hydraulic dozer blade and an extendable hydraulic arm with a bucket and armoured recovery and repair.
    Command vehicle
    Comms and SIGINT vehicle
    Artillery observer vehicle
    Mine-laying systems vehicle
    Electronic warfare system vehicle

    and more common versions known to many

    Anti air Strela-10 (SA-13 Gopher) system
    Artillery in the following forms of:
    2S1 122mm howitzer system,
    Chosta 120mm mortar system,
    system armed with the 82mm automatic mortar system 2B14 Podnos.

    its also spawned the MT-LBu which shared some similar roles

    it was also used as an APC and a form of cheap IFV having various turrets attached such as:
    14.5mm
    GSh-23V 23 mm
    AGS-17/AGS-30
    NSV/Kord 12.7 mm
    GSh-30K 30 mm
    ZSU 23-2
    ZSU 23-2 + Igla SAM system (anti air system)
    Kornet ATGM system
    turret from BTR 80
    and a various combinations of the above

    so as you can see the list of uses are almost endless. I think despite its thin armour this vehicle used in APC/IFV form is a cheap decent alternative to more expensive IFV, for armed forces on budget this could be a great alternative and Russia has 1,000's in storage to sell. I have to say again that the key strength and success of this vehicle has been down to its versatility and as an added bonus its cheap.

    it would be nice to see other peoples views on the MT-LB and do you think its worthy to be included in the long list of Soviet hero's??

    some pics below including some different variants

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    Last edited by d_taddei2 on Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:04 am; edited 2 times in total (Reason for editing : pics)
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    Post  Book. Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:36 am

    I like MT-LBu. 15 ton 300hp. thumbsup
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    Post  eehnie Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:43 pm

    Surely the strongest Sovietic designs of the post World War II were done in the 1970s. There is still a good number of them that remain in production and very actual, then it would be too early to select the bests.
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    Post  George1 Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:04 pm

    franco wrote:BMP-2M's have been entering service quietly over the past 2 years. Seem to be arriving at those units 1 company (10 units) at a time. Army units reporting deliveries so far include the 2nd Guards Motor Rifle division, 21st and 74th Guards Motor Rifle brigades, 90th Guards Tank division and the 201st Military base.

    BMP-1M's have also been delivered to unidentified units.

    Apparently there is also an upgrade program in place for MT-LB's. According to the Swedish Defense Research Institute, 500 alone were upgraded between 2016-2018. No figures since but it makes sense to continue such a program. An upgraded MT-LB was shown at Army 2020.

    MT-LB is like US M113 for Russian Army Smile
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    Post  GarryB Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:23 am

    There are places in Russia where the snow or the mud is too deep to operate BMPs.... the MTLB is the sort of vehicle you would explore the arctic with... and many existing vehicles in every Russian and Soviet Units already have MTLB based vehicles including the ACRV-2 command vehicles... in many ways it is more like the American Jeep but for cold conditions...
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    Post  LMFS Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:42 am

    franco wrote:Apparently there is also an upgrade program in place for MT-LB's. According to the Swedish Defense Research Institute, 500 alone were upgraded between 2016-2018. No figures since but it makes sense to continue such a program. An upgraded MT-LB was shown at Army 2020.

    Recent info here:

    https://военное.рф/2020/Технологии14/

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    Post  franco Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:55 am

    LMFS wrote:
    franco wrote:Apparently there is also an upgrade program in place for MT-LB's. According to the Swedish Defense Research Institute, 500 alone were upgraded between 2016-2018. No figures since but it makes sense to continue such a program. An upgraded MT-LB was shown at Army 2020.

    Recent info here:

    https://военное.рф/2020/Технологии14/

    "How many cars have undergone major repairs since then?:
    We launched a separate workshop for major repairs of MT-LB in 2015, and since the same year we have been fulfilling the state defense order. In the first year, 26 cars were repaired, then the number began to grow. Over five years, about 800 different models of equipment from the MT-LB family have been overhauled. Accordingly, we repair 180-200 units a year."
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    Post  kvs Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:14 am

    MT-LB another soviet hero D1X_3081

    Repairs involve total overhauls.

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    Post  GarryB Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:11 am

    The MTLB is popular... even Sweden had some ex east german examples in service for a while... they ended up selling them to Finland I think... who still use it.

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