Basically the B33 Zimbru is similar to the BTR-80 armored personnel carrier with a number of upgrades.

Similar to the Eastern European countries that were members of the Warsaw Pact, Romania inherited a considerable Soviet-era weapons. The Romanian Army operates a fleet of 70 B33 Zimbrus, a licensed built BTR-80 with a number of modifications. It is also known as TAB Zimbru, produced to replace the previous TAB-77. Based on the B33 Zimbrus Romania has developed a more advanced version, the Zimbru 2000, considered one of the most powerful armored vehicles launched in the early 2000s, however this vehicle was not mass-produced because the upgrade cost was too high.

Basically the B33 Zimbru is similar to the BTR-80 armored personnel carrier with a number of upgrades, including a 268 hp Model 1240 V8-DTS engine, slightly more powerful than the original; the R-1231B radio set and 500 additional rounds 7.62 mm. All-welded steel armor hull provides all-round protection against 7.62 mm rounds and artillery shell splinters. Front arc withstands hits from 12.7 mm rounds. This APC is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

The one-person manually operated turret is mounted on the roof to the rear of the commander and driver and is armed with a 14.5 mm KPVT machine gun with a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun mounted coaxial. Mounted coaxial above the two machine guns is an infra-red searchlight and mounted on the turret rear is a bank of six electrically operated 81 mm smoke grenade launchers that fire over the frontal arc.

The crew of two and can carry 8 fully equipped infantrymen. Troops enter and leave vehicle through side doors or roof hatches. A number of firing ports are provided for the troops. The engine compartment is at the rear of the hull with the air inlet and outlet louvres in the roof and the exhaust outlets mounted on either side.

B33 Zimbru can reach a maximum road speed of 85 km / h, a range of 700 km. The vehicle is fully amphibious with the minimum of preparation, which propelled in the water by a single water-jet mounted at the rear of the hull. It can swim at a speed of 9 km/h. Standard equipment on the B33 includes powered steering on the front four wheels with all tyres being fitted with a central tyre pressure regulation system. The B33 Zimbru can be airlifted by the An-22, Il-76 or C-130 Hercules transport aircraft.


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