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.
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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.
Manufacturing State Factories - North Korea
Production 550 Units
22.67 ft (6.91 m)
10.33 ft (3.15 m)
7.55 ft (2.3 m)
16 tons (14,500 kg; 31,967 lb)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the M2009 (Model 2009) production model)
1 x V-6 Type diesel-fueled engine developing 240 horsepower.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the M2009 (Model 2009) production model)
28 mph (45 kph)
249 miles (400 km)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the M2009 (Model 2009) production model; Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon
1 x 14.5mm KPVT Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)
7.62mm PKT Medium Machine Gun (MMG)
(Showcased armament details pertain to the M2009 (Model 2009) production model)
M2009 (Model 2009) - Base Series Name
Chunma-D - Alternative Name
Junma-Le - Alternative Name
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