Tuesday, April 12, 2016

BTR-82A Order a setback for the new Bumerang APC?

Russia has ordered an additional 20 BTR-82A 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) for its armed forces, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 April.

Made by the Arzamas Machinery Plant of Russia's Military-Industrial Company (MIC), the new vehicles are set to be delivered before the end of the year, under the State Defence Order for 2016 (GOZ-2016).

The BTR-82A first entered Russian service in 2011 according to the MoD. It is the latest version of the BTR-80 family, of which Russia operates over 2,000 across the Russian Ground Forces and the Naval Infantry. Visually almost identical externally to the BTR-80A, the BTR-82A features new composite armour, a spall liner, a new infrared lamp, and other internal changes.

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