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Armored personnel carrier


The BTR-82 is being obtained by the Russian Army as a stop-gap measure

Entered service 2011
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 15 t
Length ~ 7.7 m
Width ~ 2.95 m
Height ~ 2.8 m
Machine guns 1 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns 500 x 14.5-mm, 2 000 x 7.62-mm
Engine KamAZ 740.14-300 diesel
Engine power 300 hp
Maximum road speed 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The BTR-82 armored personnel carrier is a latest version of the BTR-80 family. It is an improved version of the BTR-80A/S, which entered service back in 1994. It was developed largely as a complement (and a stop-gap) for a BTR-90, whose development has been long, troubled and expensive. The BTR-82 is similar to the BTR-80A/S but has some minor improvements. It was publicly revealed in 2009. It successfully passed trials in 2010 and its production commenced the same year. It entered service with the Russian Army in 2011. Since 2010 Russian Army stopped purchasing the older BTR-80 APCs. Currently the BTR-82 is being obtained as a temporarily measure, until a new-generation Bumerang armored personnel carrier is available. The BTR-82 is also in service with Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

   Protection of the BTR-82 APC slightly improved over its predecessors. Its predecessor offered all-round protection against 7.62-mm rounds. Front arc of the older BTR-80 withstands 12.7-mm rounds. So protection of the new BTR-82 should be slightly better. Interior of this armored vehicle is lined with spall liner.

   This APC has a double hull floor for improved protection against landmines and IED blasts. However design of this vehicle is old and it do not offers the same blast protection as modern Western armored personnel carrier.

   Vehicle has improved automatic fire suppression system. It is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   The BTR-82 is fitted with externally-mounted weapons. The baseline version is armed with 14.5-mm heavy machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The BTR-82A version is armed with a fully-stabilized 30-mm cannon. The same cannon is used on a number of Soviet/Russian armored vehicles and some attack helicopters. This dual-fed cannon uses HE-FRAG and AP-T rounds. Maximum range of fire with armor-piercing-tracer rounds is 2 km (day) and 800 m (night). High elevation angle allows to use these weapons against low-flying air targets.

   This APC has a crew of three and accommodates 7 fully equipped troops. Each infantryman is provided with firing port and periscope for aiming. Troops can fire their weapons from inside the armored hull. A rear-mounted engine of the BTR-82 is a significant drawback, as ambushed troops have to leave the vehicle via side doors, under direct enemy fire.

   The BTR-82 is powered by a new KamAZ 740.14-300 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 300 hp. It is commercially available truck engine. Vehicle also has auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems and charges the batteries, when the main engine is turned off. Auxiliary power unit can also export power. This armored personnel carrier also has a new transmission and improved suspension. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. Vehicle is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single waterjet, located at the hull rear.




   BTR-82A, armed with a 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. It is also in service with the Russian Army. It appears that this APC has been exported to Syria. Belarus ordered 32 of these APCs for delivery in 2016;

   BTR-82AM an upgrade of the older BTR-80 series APCs to the BTR-82A standard. Russian Army ordered this upgrade for a number of older vehicles;

   BTR-82A1 is fitted with unmanned turret. It is armed with the same 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Weapons can be fired by gunner or vehicle commander. This model was revealed in 2014;

   Taifun-M reconnaissance vehicle, developed specially for the Russian strategic missile forces. It is intended to escort mobile intercontinental ballistic missile launchers. This armored vehicle entered service in 2013.


Video of the BTR-82 armored personnel carrier








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