Russian Caspian Flotilla marines finish test run of BTR-82A APCs

Drivers of the Caspian Flotilla's marine infantry units of the Southern Military District (YuVO) finished a test run of the newest BTR-82A armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the first week of the summer training period. The APC gunners delivered calibration fire from standard arms, YuVO’s press service said.

Russian Caspian Flotilla marines finish test run of BTR 82A APCs
BTR-82A APC of the Russian navy (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

"The marines drilled an entire set of firearms training and driving elements using the newest BTR-82A armored personnel carriers. The marines used the latest modification of a BTR-82A APC to cross a mockup bridge; a breach made in the minefield; a shallow river and a ditch; they also practiced upgrade movement and downhill operations.

The Caspian Flotilla’s coastal troopers with the marine units practiced verification fire from light weapons: the APG-7 hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher; the AK-74 Kalashnikov submachine-gun and the Makarov pistol. They reached a qualifying standard in hurling RGD-5 grenades. The Caspian Flotilla’s command praised the running characteristics of the new BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, which have been coming in service since May last year. BTR-82A APCs have arrived at the Caspian Flotilla’s marine units under a program of rearming the YuVO troops with modern pieces of combat hardware.

More than 500 servicemen and about 80 units of military and specialized hardware are engaged in the combat training event.

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