The BCL-M5 is built on a 4×4 wheeled chassis, similar in shape and size to the Russian BTR.
With an annual defense budget estimated at more than 13 billion USD, Algeria, a North African country with military potential is assessed as second in Africa after Egypt, and 26th in the world. In addition to armored fighting vehicles of foreign origin, Algeria also develops a number of indigenous armored vehicles, the BCL-M5 is an example. Designed in 1991 and entered service in 1993. It is named after the Central Logistics Base (BCL).
The BCL-M5 is built on a 4×4 wheeled chassis, similar in shape and size to the Russian BTR. Based on the common chassis, it can be armed with a 25 mm cannon. This armored vehicle was built on the foundations of a SNVI m120 truck that contains a German F6L912 KHD Deutz engine with a capacity of 120 hp, which is 100% locally manufactured under the license of Deutz. The vehicle can reach a top speed of 65 km/h, and has a range of 600 km.
There are two doors on each side of the vehicle for the driver and the commander of the board, and there are openings on the roof And a small one with small windows on both sides and a total number of 8 for shooting, carrying 8 fully armed personnel + 2 crew members. The armor of the BCL-M5 is able to protect the occupants of the vehicle against impacts from armor- piercing 7.62 mm caliber ammunition, while the front side can withstand impacts from 14.5 mm caliber ammunition. The floor is designed in a “V” shape, giving the vehicle a high level of protection against mines and IEDs (Improved Explosive Devices). It can withstand the blast of an 8 kg mine, a characteristic that can be further improved, if necessary, by carrying additional armor modules.
This APC can be fitted with a wide variety of remote-controlled and turret -mounted weapon systems. Typically, it is paired with a 7.62mm remote-controlled machine gun, paired with a 40mm automatic grenade launcher. Larger caliber weapon systems can also be fitted, up to 90 mm.
BCL-M5 is currently serving in the Algerian People’s National Army. The number of these combat vehicles is unknown.