The BTR-4 is a prominent representative of the next generation of the Ukrainian armored vehicles.
This armoured personnel carrier with an 8x8 axle configuration was developed by Ukraine's Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau. Despite of having some common features with soviet era BTR-70 and BTR-80, like the majority of western APC it has conventional layout segmented actually into three compartments. The driver and commander are located in the front, the middle compartment is reserved for the engine and transmission, while the rear compartment is built for the troops. The vehicle has a modular design and can therefore be used for the development of a whole family of combat vehicles to suit customer or mission needs. The BTR-4 is fully amphibious and can cross water obstacles at a maximum speed of ten kilometers an hour. The maximum speed of the vehicle on hard surface roads is 110km/h.
First BTR-4 APCs entered service in Ukrainian army in 2009. Iraqi Ministry of Defense signed a contract for 420 of these APCs as well. KMDB shipped the first batch of 26 vehicles in April 2011. The second batch of 62 vehicles was delivered in June 2012 then the contract was cancelled as Iraqi representatives claimed that APC had some defects. Later unshipped APCs were returned to Ukraine and delivered to Ukrainian armed forces were they participated in anti-terrorist operation in the Eastern Ukraine. In 2014 Ukrainian Army ordered another 154 APCs and Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs - 40 units.
In general BTR-4 APCs are extensively used in Ukrainian conflict with Russia since summer 2014. The participated in the numerous battles near Slavyansk where it proved its efficiency and durability on the battlefield. Within first of the half of the year more than 900 improvements were made to the design of the vehicle based on experience of its use in the anti-terrorist operation.