Patria AMV (MCT-30)

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Patria AMV (MCT-30)

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History

Following the agreement to equip 56 Patria AMV vehicles with Norwegian Kongsberg Protector M151 12.7 mm RWCS, the Croatian Army inquired in 2009 about 30 mm turrets, with a plan to acquire 24 such systems in 2010. Due to the reduction of funds for armored combat vehicles, the number of systems was reduced to eight. In 2011 negotiations were held with Kongsberg on the production of a Protector Medium Caliber Turret (MCT-30) with a 30 mm gun in Croatian Đuro Đaković (ĐĐ) factory in Slavonski Brod. In October 2012, the companies signed an agreement by which ĐĐ became a partner of Kongsberg in the production and sale of remotely controlled weapons stations of medium caliber. In ĐĐ the first MCT-30 turret was completed and integrated into the Patria AMV in a very short period of time and on November 20, 2012, saw a shooting demonstration. At the beginning of 2013, the intention to purchase eight weapons stations with a 30 mm cannon and an anti-tank missile system was again announced. However, due to a lack of funding, the procedure for their procurement started only in July 2015. This is when a public tender for their procurement and installation was announced. Three companies applied: ĐĐ with Kongsberg’s Protector MCT-30 and two Israeli companies: Rafael and Elbit with their turrets. In the end, Elbit’s UT30MK2 turret was chosen.

Specifications

  • Essentials
    • Length; 7.7 m
    • Width; 2.8 m
    • Height without turret; 2.3 m
    • Track; 2.5 m
    • Mass; ca. 28 t
    • Crew; 3
    • Eight-wheel drive (8x8)
  • Protection
    • Armor;
      • Front; level 3 STANAG 4569
      • Sides and rear; level 3 STANAG 4569
      • Anti-mine protection; level 4 4a/4b STANAG 4569
      • Turret: Level 1 STANAG 4569
    • APS; N/A
    • ERA; N/A
    • Smoke; 8x 76 mm smoke grenade launchers (Wegmann type)
  • Mobility
    • Engine; DC 12 Scania Diesel, 543 hp
    • Power/weight; 17.4 hp/t
    • Transmission; automatic, 7+1 gears
    • Top speed; >100 kph
    • Amphibious; No
    • Gradient; 70%
    • Side slope; 40%
    • Vertical obstacle; 0.7 m
    • Trench; 2.1 m
    • Fording depths; 2.0 m
  • Firepower
    • Main; Protector MCT-30 RCWS (used by the gunner)
      • XM813 30x173mm Mk44 Bushmaster chain-gun
        • Stabilizer; Yes
        • Thermal imager; Yes
        • Laser rangefinder; Yes
        • Vertical guidance; -10° / 45°
        • Traverse; 360°
        • Turret rotation speed; 60°/s
        • Fire rate; 201 shots/min
        • Belt capacity; 2x75 ready rounds
        • Ammo in storage; 450
        • Types of rounds;
          • HEI-T
          • APDS
          • APFSDS
    • Secondary; Protector M151 RCWS (used by the commander)
      • M2HB Browning 12.7x99mm
        • Stabilizer; Yes
        • Thermal imager; Yes
        • Vertical guidance; -20° / 60°
        • Traverse; 360°
        • Turret rotation speed; unknown
        • Fire rate; 575 shots/min
        • Belt capacity; 200 rounds
        • Ammo in storage; 2000 rounds
    • Supplementary; (used by the gunner)
      • FN MAG 7.62mm machine gun
        • Fire rate; 600 shots/min
        • Belt capacity; unknown
        • Ammo in storage; unknown
Gallery

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Close-up of the MCT-30 turret

Interior
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Gunner’s position
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Assembly of MCT-30 turret in ĐĐ factory in Slavonski Brod
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Patria AMV (MCT-30) during assembly in ĐĐ factory in Slavonski Brod
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Video

Croatian Patria AMV 8x8 & KONGSBERG`s PROTECTOR 30 mm - YouTube

Sources

https://www.duro-dakovic.com/download/documents/read/ddsv-prospekt-bov_37/
Patria AMV - Wikipedia
PROTECTOR MCT-30 - Fighting-Vehicles.com
Army Guide
Đuro Đaković i Izraelci u borbi za naoružavanje vojnog vozila Patria CRO
https://www.jutarnji.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/foto-vatrena-prezentacija-ubojitog-hrvatskog-stroja-‘norvezanka-je-svakom-granatom-pogodila-cilj’-1364817
VBCI-2 (MCT30) - War Thunder Wiki
https://www.mycity-military.com/
PALUBA - Index

Od Tina do Strijele: izrada oklopnih vozila u Hrvatskoj 1991.-1995.

Could be a good premium for Yugoslavian tree, with the production variant (Elbit turret and Spikes) being a tech tree vehicle

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I’d say sweden for now, til a better fit is introduced

I say there is enough tanks and vehicles they should just make a Slavic tech tree.