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Unlike their close ''relatives'' infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers (APCs) are not intended for direct participation in combat. Their main task is a fast, relatively safe and more or less comfortable delivery of an infantry unit (usually a squad) to the place of execution of a combat mission. According to the definition of an armored personnel carrier from the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, even its weapons are intended primarily for self-defense, although in practice, of course, under certain conditions, armored personnel carriers can support infantry.

Because of the predominantly ''passenger'' function of armored personnel carriers, there is even a slang name — battle buses. Due to the relative simplicity of the construction , since the middle of the XX century, armored personnel carriers have become one of the most numerous and diverse types of armored vehicles, because even small and poor countries could afford to build armored personnel carriers. The history of armored personnel carriers from the first models to the most modern-in the Warspot photo review.

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​​Transport tank Mark IX, Great Britain. It has been produced since 1917. The world's first specialized armored personnel carrier. Weight 27 tons, engine 150 hp, speed up to 7 km/h. Armament – two 7.7-mm machine guns, 16 embrasures for shooting small arms. Crew of 4 people, troops up to 30 people. 34 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Transport tank Mark IX, Great Britain. It has been produced since 1917. The world's first specialized armored personnel carrier. Weight 27 tons, engine 150 hp, speed up to 7 km/h. Armament – two 7.7-mm machine guns, 16 embrasures for shooting small arms. Crew of 4 people, troops up to 30 people. 34 vehicles were built
​​Universal Carrier, United Kingdom. In production since 1936. Weight 3.8 tons, engine 85 hp, speed up to 48 km/h. Armament – 7.62-mm Bren machine gun or 13.9-mm PTR Boise, could be installed 50.8-mm mortar Mk VII. Crew of 1 person, troops — 3-4 people. About 113 000 vehicles were built. ww2today.com - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Universal Carrier, United Kingdom. In production since 1936. Weight 3.8 tons, engine 85 hp, speed up to 48 km/h. Armament – 7.62-mm Bren machine gun or 13.9-mm PTR Boise, could be installed 50.8-mm mortar Mk VII. Crew of 1 person, troops — 3-4 people. About 113 000 vehicles were built.
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​​Schützenpanzerwagen Sd. Kfz. 251, Germany. In operation since 1939. Weight 7.81 tons, engine 100 hp, speed up to 53 km/h. Armament — 7.92 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 people. Were built more than 15 thousand Sd. Kfz. 251 and vehicles based on it - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Schützenpanzerwagen Sd. Kfz. 251, Germany. In operation since 1939. Weight 7.81 tons, engine 100 hp, speed up to 53 km/h. Armament — 7.92 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 people. Were built more than 15 thousand Sd. Kfz. 251 and vehicles based on it
​​M3 Half-track, USA. In operation since 1941. Weight 8.4 tons, engine 147 hp, speed up to 72 km/h. Armament – one 12.7-mm machine gun, two 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops up to 10 people. About 15 thousand armored personnel carriers and more than 50 thousand other vehicles based on the M3 were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​M3 Half-track, USA. In operation since 1941. Weight 8.4 tons, engine 147 hp, speed up to 72 km/h. Armament – one 12.7-mm machine gun, two 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops up to 10 people. About 15 thousand armored personnel carriers and more than 50 thousand other vehicles based on the M3 were built
​​Terrängbil m/42 KP, Sweden. In production since 1943. Weight 8.5 tons, engine 115 hp, speed up to 70 km/h. Armament-paired 8-mm (later – 7.62-mm) machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. 262 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Terrängbil m/42 KP, Sweden. In production since 1943. Weight 8.5 tons, engine 115 hp, speed up to 70 km/h. Armament-paired 8-mm (later – 7.62-mm) machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. 262 vehicles were built
​​Kangaroo, Canada/Great Britain. The first Kangaroos were created by the Canadians by re-equipping the M7 Priest self-propelled guns (they were called Unfrocked, i.e. ''unfrocked monk'') in July 1944 in France. Then the Canadians converted Ram tanks into APCs. The idea was taken up by the British, who rebuilt Shermans and Churchillies into Kangaroos - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Kangaroo, Canada/Great Britain. The first Kangaroos were created by the Canadians by re-equipping the M7 Priest self-propelled guns (they were called Unfrocked, i.e. ''unfrocked monk'') in July 1944 in France. Then the Canadians converted Ram tanks into APCs. The idea was taken up by the British, who rebuilt Shermans and Churchillies into Kangaroos
​​BTR-40, USSR. In production since 1950. Weight 5.3 tons, engine 78 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people. 8500 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-40, USSR. In production since 1950. Weight 5.3 tons, engine 78 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people. 8500 vehicles were built
​​BTR-152, USSR. In operation since 1950. Weight 8.7 tons, engine 110 hp, speed up to 65 km/h. Armament – one 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 17 people. About 12.5 thousand vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-152, USSR. In operation since 1950. Weight 8.7 tons, engine 110 hp, speed up to 65 km/h. Armament – one 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 17 people. About 12.5 thousand vehicles were built
​​BTR-50, USSR. In operation since 1955. Weight 14.2 tons, engine 240 hp, speed up to 45 km/h. Armament – 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 20 people. More than 6 thousand vehicles were built nevskii-bastion.ru - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-50, USSR. In operation since 1955. Weight 14.2 tons, engine 240 hp, speed up to 45 km/h. Armament – 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 20 people. More than 6 thousand vehicles were built
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​​BTR-60, USSR (in the photo-the Czech army). In operation since 1960. Weight 9.9 tons, two engines with a total capacity of 180 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 14 people. About 10 thousand vehicles were built in the USSR and about 1900 in Romania as TAB-71. military-today.com - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-60, USSR (in the photo-the Czech army). In operation since 1960. Weight 9.9 tons, two engines with a total capacity of 180 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 14 people. About 10 thousand vehicles were built in the USSR and about 1900 in Romania as TAB-71.
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​​M113, USA. In operation since 1962. Weight 12.3 tons, engine 275 hp, speed up to 68 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 11 people. About 60 thousand of these armored personnel carriers and vehicles based on them were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​M113, USA. In operation since 1962. Weight 12.3 tons, engine 275 hp, speed up to 68 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 11 people. About 60 thousand of these armored personnel carriers and vehicles based on them were built
​​OT-64 SKOT, Czechoslovakia/Poland. In operation since 1963. Weight 14.5 tons, engine 177 hp, speed up to 94 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 to 18 people (depending on modification). 4,500 vehicles were built. warwheels.net - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​OT-64 SKOT, Czechoslovakia/Poland. In operation since 1963. Weight 14.5 tons, engine 177 hp, speed up to 94 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 to 18 people (depending on modification). 4,500 vehicles were built.
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​​Type-63, China. In operation since 1967. Weight 12.6 tons, engine 260 hp, speed up to 60 km/h. Armament: 12.7 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 people - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Type-63, China. In operation since 1967. Weight 12.6 tons, engine 260 hp, speed up to 60 km/h. Armament: 12.7 mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 10 people
​​BTR-70, USSR. In production since 1972. Weight 11.5 tons, two engines with a total capacity of 240 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-70, USSR. In production since 1972. Weight 11.5 tons, two engines with a total capacity of 240 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people
​​Mowag Piranha (pictured modification of Mowag Piranha IIIH APC), Switzerland. In production since 1972. Weight 14 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 100 km/h. It is possible to install weapons systems (machine guns and guns) with a caliber from 7.62 to 120 mm. Crew of 3 people, troops of 5 people - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Mowag Piranha (pictured modification of Mowag Piranha IIIH APC), Switzerland. In production since 1972. Weight 14 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 100 km/h. It is possible to install weapons systems (machine guns and guns) with a caliber from 7.62 to 120 mm. Crew of 3 people, troops of 5 people
​​Buffel, South Africa. In operation since 1978. Armored personnel carriers with increased mine protection. To increase the energy dissipation of the mine explosion, the Buff tires could be filled with water, adding about 500 kg of weight per wheel. Weight 6,14 tons, speed up to 96 km/h. Crew of 1 person, troops of 10 people. About 2,400 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Buffel, South Africa. In operation since 1978. Armored personnel carriers with increased mine protection. To increase the energy dissipation of the mine explosion, the Buff tires could be filled with water, adding about 500 kg of weight per wheel. Weight 6,14 tons, speed up to 96 km/h. Crew of 1 person, troops of 10 people. About 2,400 vehicles were built
​​BMR-600, Spain. In production since 1979. Weight 15.4 tons, engine 310 hp, speed up to 103 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 8 people. More than 1000 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BMR-600, Spain. In production since 1979. Weight 15.4 tons, engine 310 hp, speed up to 103 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 8 people. More than 1000 vehicles were built
​​Transportpanzer Fuchs, West Germany. In production since 1979. Weight 16.5 tons, engine 320/428 hp, speed up to 96 km/h. Armament – up to three 7.62 mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people. 2500 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Transportpanzer Fuchs, West Germany. In production since 1979. Weight 16.5 tons, engine 320/428 hp, speed up to 96 km/h. Armament – up to three 7.62 mm machine guns. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people. 2500 vehicles were built
​​BTR-80, USSR. In production since 1984. Weight 13.6 tons, engine 260 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. About 5 thousand vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-80, USSR. In production since 1984. Weight 13.6 tons, engine 260 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – one 14.5-mm and one 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. About 5 thousand vehicles were built
​​Heavy armored personnel carrier Ahzarit, Israel. It has been produced since 1988 by reworking captured T-54 and T-55 tanks. Weight 44 tons, engine 650-850 hp, speed up to 65 km/h. Armament – three 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. Several hundred cars were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Heavy armored personnel carrier Ahzarit, Israel. It has been produced since 1988 by reworking captured T-54 and T-55 tanks. Weight 44 tons, engine 650-850 hp, speed up to 65 km/h. Armament – three 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people. Several hundred cars were built
​​Tatrapan Zasa, Slovakia. In operation since 1994. Weight 24 tons, engine 369 hp, speed up to 90 km/h. Crew of 3 people, troops up to 10 people. About 100 Tatrapan vehicles were built in various modifications (armored personnel carriers, CV, medical vehicles) - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Tatrapan Zasa, Slovakia. In operation since 1994. Weight 24 tons, engine 369 hp, speed up to 90 km/h. Crew of 3 people, troops up to 10 people. About 100 Tatrapan vehicles were built in various modifications (armored personnel carriers, CV, medical vehicles)
​​WZ551 (ZSL92), China. In operation since 1995. Weight 15.3 tons, engine 320 hp, speed up to 85 km/h. Armament — 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people. weaponsystems.net - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​WZ551 (ZSL92), China. In operation since 1995. Weight 15.3 tons, engine 320 hp, speed up to 85 km/h. Armament — 7.62 mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people.
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​​Cougar 6×6, USA. In production since 2002. Armored personnel carriers with enhanced mine protection. Weight 17.2 tons, engine 330 hp, speed up to 105 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 16 people. Several thousand vehicles were built in various configurations (including those with a 4×4 wheel formula). exarmy.ru - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Cougar 6×6, USA. In production since 2002. Armored personnel carriers with enhanced mine protection. Weight 17.2 tons, engine 330 hp, speed up to 105 km/h. Armament – 12.7-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops up to 16 people. Several thousand vehicles were built in various configurations (including those with a 4×4 wheel formula).
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​​Stryker, USA. In operation since 2002. Weight 16.5 tons (in the BTR version), engine 350 hp, speed up to 97 km/h. Weapons — 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. Crew of 2 people, troops of 9 people - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Stryker, USA. In operation since 2002. Weight 16.5 tons (in the BTR version), engine 350 hp, speed up to 97 km/h. Weapons — 12.7-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. Crew of 2 people, troops of 9 people
​Buffalo MPV, USA. In operation since 2004. APC with increased mine protection, equipped with a 9-meter manipulator for defusing explosive devices. Weight 25 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 105 km/h. Crew of 2 people, troops of 4 people. More than 200 vehicles were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
Buffalo MPV, USA. In operation since 2004. APC with increased mine protection, equipped with a 9-meter manipulator for defusing explosive devices. Weight 25 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 105 km/h. Crew of 2 people, troops of 4 people. More than 200 vehicles were built
​​CM-32 Yunbao, Taiwan. In production since 2007. Weight 22 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 120 km/h. Armament in the APC modification is a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher and a 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​CM-32 Yunbao, Taiwan. In production since 2007. Weight 22 tons, engine 450 hp, speed up to 120 km/h. Armament in the APC modification is a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher and a 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 2 people, troops of 8 people
​​Heavy armored personnel carrier Namer, Israel. In production since 2008. Weight 60 tons, engine 1200 hp, speed up to 60 km/h. Weapons – 12.7-mm or 7.62-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher in a remote-controlled unit, and another 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people. More than 120 pieces were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Heavy armored personnel carrier Namer, Israel. In production since 2008. Weight 60 tons, engine 1200 hp, speed up to 60 km/h. Weapons – 12.7-mm or 7.62-mm machine gun or 40-mm automatic grenade launcher in a remote-controlled unit, and another 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people. More than 120 pieces were built
​​BTR-4, Ukraine. In operation since 2011. Weight with additional armor about 22 tons, engine 400-600 hp, speed up to 110 km/h. Armament – 30-mm automatic gun, 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 6-10 people (depends on modification) - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-4, Ukraine. In operation since 2011. Weight with additional armor about 22 tons, engine 400-600 hp, speed up to 110 km/h. Armament – 30-mm automatic gun, 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 6-10 people (depends on modification)
​​Didgori-3, Georgia. In production since 2012. Weight 10 tons, engine 250 hp, speed up to 100 km/h. Armament – one 12.7-mm and two 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people. At least 8 cars were built - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​Didgori-3, Georgia. In production since 2012. Weight 10 tons, engine 250 hp, speed up to 100 km/h. Armament – one 12.7-mm and two 7.62-mm machine guns. Crew of 3 people, troops of 9 people. At least 8 cars were built
​​BTR-82A, Russia. In operation since 2012. Weight about 16 tons, engine 300 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – 30-mm automatic gun and 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people onepamop.livejournal.com - Front Line Buses | Warspot.net
​BTR-82A, Russia. In operation since 2012. Weight about 16 tons, engine 300 hp, speed up to 80 km/h. Armament – 30-mm automatic gun and 7.62-mm machine gun. Crew of 3 people, troops of 7 people
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