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M2009 (Chunma-D / Junma-Le)

Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

The Model 2009 Armored Personnel Carrier of the North Korean Army is believed to be the PT-85 Light Tank crossed with the turret from the BTR-80 wheeled vehicle.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 7/28/2017
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Year: 2009
Manufacturer(s): State Factories - North Korea
Production: 550
Capabilities: Amphibious; Troop-Carrying;
Crew: 2
Length: 22.67 ft (6.91 m)
Width: 10.33 ft (3.15 m)
Height: 7.55 ft (2.3 m)
Weight: 16 tons (14,500 kg); 31,967 lb
Power: 1 x V-6 Type diesel-fueled engine developing 240 horsepower.
Speed: 28 mph (45 kph)
Range: 249 miles (400 km)
Operators: North Korea
The M2009 serves the modern North Korean Army as an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). It is believed to be an offshoot of the PT-85 Light Tank, a tracked amphibious vehicle inspired by Soviet design doctrine, cross with the turret of the BTR-80 family of 8x8 wheeled armored vehicles. The BTR-80 is known to the North Korean Army as the M2010 and is nothing more than a local copy of the Soviet-era design. The turret mounts a 30mm automatic cannon with 14.5mm heavy machine gun and a 7.62mm medium machine gun is carried as a secondary anti-infantry option.

Assuming the capabilities of the PT-85 Light Tank, the M2009 possesses an amphibious quality and good cross-country performance. The PT-85 is, itself, based on the Soviet PT-76 Amphibious Light Tank. The PT-85 is seen as a local development for North Korea to succeed the PT-76 stock - though it is indeed inspired by the PT-76.

About 3,200 M2009 vehicles are believed to be in the North Korean Army inventory.


1 x 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon
1 x 14.5mm KPVT Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
7.62mm PKT Medium Machine Gun (MMG)


Variants / Models

• M2009 (Model 2009) - Base Series Name
• Chunma-D - Alternative Name
• Junma-Le - Alternative Name
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