The BTR-4MV1 was first shown to the public in 2017, with a more enhanced weapon system and armor than the BTR-4.
The Ukraine conflict has demonstrated the importance of ground combat vehicles. The BTR-4MV1 is a Ukrainian armored personnel carrier (APC), follow-up to the previous BTR-4MV, which existed only as a prototype. It is reported that the BTR-4MV1 took part in the battles in the Kharkiv region. The first confirmation of the vehicle entering the battlefield first appeared in March 2022.
The BTR-4MV1 was first shown to the public in 2017, with a more enhanced weapon system and armor than the BTR-4. The BTR-4MV1 is designed with modular armor, allowing for quick replacement in field conditions. This allows to enhance the protection of the BTR-4MV1, far beyond any APC model currently operated by the Ukrainian army.
The front of the BTR-4MV was redesigned with a V-shaped hull, can withstands hits from at least 12.7 mm rounds. Additional spaced armor plates are bolted all around the hull over the base armor. All-round protection of the base armor is against NATO 7.62×51 mm armor-piercing rounds. Ballistic protection corresponds with STANAG 4569 Level 3. Vehicle withstands mine blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT. The turret is fitted with a cage armor, which provides protection against anti-tank rockets and missiles. Standard NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems are also included.
The BTR-4MV1 is equipped with the BM-7 Parus remote control turret, armed with a 30 mm automatic cannon, 30 mm automatic grenade launcher and 7.62 mm machine gun. There are 2 external launchers for Baryer anti-tank guided missiles, which have a maximum range of 5 km and can engage tanks, vehicles, buildings and field fortifications. A total of 4 missiles are carried. The turret is fitted with a thermal sight.
The BTR-4MV1 has a mass between 24 and 25 tons, 2-3 tons heavier than the BTR-4 version. Thanks to the combination of 8×8 configuration, engine from Germany’s Deutz and American Alisson gearbox, the maneuvering parameters of the BTR-4MV1 remain unchanged: the maximum road speed is 110 km/h and 10 km/h. when crossing water obstacles. The APC is operated by a crew of 3, and can accommodates 7 men.
In October 2022, this armored personnel carrier was again spotted in the Kharkiv region, with green camouflage, and marked with Ukrainian recognition signs. Therefore, there is reason to believe that the BTR-4MV1 was initially put to the test in combat.