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Russia Tests New Amphibious Armored Vehicle

Russia Tests New Amphibious Armored Vehicle 12.04.2013
Text: RIA Novosty
Photo: sdelanounas.ru
A new amphibious armored personnel carrier (APC), the BTR-82AM, is undergoing a series of trials at the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval infantry facility in Sevastopol, fleet spokesman Capt. 1St Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

During the trials, the BTR-82AM, which is due to replace the military’s workhorse, the BTR-80, will cover “dozens of miles at sea” to test its stability and endurance when afloat, Trukhachev said.

The new APC incorporates an automatic 30-mm artillery system, which “has significantly enhanced the vehicle’s firepower,” he said.

The BTR-82AM is the latest APC modification of the BTR-80 8x8 wheeled carrier, production of which began in 1986.

It features improved armor, is equipped with the Glonass navigation system and has a more powerful engine of 300 hp.

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