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.
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