A BMC Kirpi Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle captured from Turkish-led forces in northwestern Syria was spotted in the Russian capital of Moscow. A commentary to the photo that first appeared on Russian defense site Lostarmour.info says that it was made on March 13.
During the past years, Turkey supplied its ‘moderate proxies’ in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib with various weapons and equipments in mass. Many of these weapons and vehicles later appeared in the hands of al-Qaeda-linked groups operating in the region because ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘al-Qaeda’ are often the same in Greater Idlib.
The interesting fact is that Anakra has almost provided Idlib groups with a very small number of BMC Kirpi armoured vehicles. BMC Kirpis are mostly used by Turkish troops for their patrol missions and other operations. So, the captured vehicle recently spotted in Moscow may have been abandoned by Turksih troops that were victoriously running away under strikes of the Syrian Army.
The Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle Kirpi is designed and manufactured by BMC for the needs of the Turkish Ground Forces. It features an armoured hull which provides protection against armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. The V-shape bottom portion provides protection against grenades and land mines.
The Kirpi features shock absorber seats and interior accessories, a GPS system, rear view camera, and an automatic fire suppression system. The vehicle has five firing ports and four bulletproof windows on each side of the troop compartment as well as a shielded position for the gunner on the rooftop. Depending on the modification, the Kirpi can be armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun or remotely-controlled weapons stations. Passengers enter and leave the troop compartment through a hydraulically operated ramp at the rear of the hull. The Turkish Army employs these vehicles for operations in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.
- Mass: around 16,000kg
- Length: 6.0-7.075m (depending on the version)
- Width: 2.51m
- Height: 86m
- Crew: 3 + 10-12
- Maximum speed: 100km/h
- Operational range: 800km
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