BTR-MD Rakushka Airborne Armored Personnel Carrier | HTML version

The BTR-MD Rakushka (SHELL) is a new Russian
armored personnel carrier, designed specially for
airborne troops. It's development commenced in
2009. First batch of 10 vehicles is expected to be
delivered in 2013, alongside with improved BMD-4M
airborne combat vehicles. The BTR-MD is seen a
replacement for the ageing BTR-D air assault
transporter, however full replacement of the fleet is
unlikely due to funding problems. Most likely only a
limited number of new APCs will be built. The new
vehicle is also being proposed for the Russian naval
Airborne armored personnel carrier
The Rakushka is powered by a 2V-60-2
turbocharged diesel engine, developing
450 hp. Engine is located at the rear. The
BTR-MD is fully amphibious. On water it is
propelled by two waterjets. It can operate
up to a Sea State 3. Vehicle has a
hydropneumatic suspensions with variable
height control. Such suspension allows
the vehicle to be paradropped on
platforms. The BTR-MD can be carried by
and paradropped from most medium
cargo aircraft with the crew of three inside.
The Il-76 can carry two of these airborne
APCs. A single vehicle can be carried
underslung by the Mi-26 heavy cargo
The BTR-MD is based on the BMD-4 airborne
combat vehicle chassis. The turret has been removed
and hull has been enlarged. It is much larger than the
previous BTR-D. The Rakushka has more internal
space and can be tailored to suit many roles. The
new APC is fully amphibious and can be airdropped.
Protection of this vehicle is very light due to weight
limitations. Hull of the BTR-MD is welded from
aluminum armor. It provides protection only from
small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Vehicle is
fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire
suppression systems.
Entered service
expected in 2013
2 men
13 men
Dimensions and weight
This armored personnel carrier is armed with a
remotely-controlled 7.62-mm machine gun for self-
defense. The machine gun is operated by the vehicle
commander. Some sources claim that vehicle is also
fitted with a 30-mm automatic grenade launcher.
13.2 t
~ 6.1 m
~ 3.1 m
~ 2.5 m
Machine guns
1 x 7.62-mm
The BTR-MD was designed with intention to have a
maximum possible internal volume. Vehicle has a
payload capacity of 2 000 kg. This air assault
transporter can carry 13 fully-equipped troops, plus
the crew of two. Driver is seated in the middle.
Occupants enter and leave the vehicle via rear door
and roof hatches. There are some firing port provided
for the troops to fire their weapons. This APC can
also carry at least three stretchers, ammunition or
fuel in stead of the troops.
2V-60-2 diesel
Engine power
450 hp
Maximum road speed
70 km/h
Amphibious speed on water
10 km/h
500 km
Side slope
Vertical step
0.8 m
1.8 m
More information:
BTR-MD Rakushka
A whole host of BTR-MD variants is
currently planned or under development.
These include signals vehicle, anti-tank
missile carrier, air defense radar carrier,
unmanned aerial vehicle control vehicle,
reconnaissance and fire control post
vehicle. Other versions, such as
Lastochka-2 special signals vehicle and
BMM-D Travmatizm armored ambulance
are currently being trialed by the Russian
airborne forces.