Russian army will receive BTR-82A 8x8 APC with equipment adapted for extreme Arctic conditions 10910161

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Russian army will receive BTR-82A 8x8 APC with equipment adapted for extreme Arctic conditions
Russia's Defense Ministry will buy a number of the latest BTR-82A 8xc8 armored personnel carriers (APC) equipped with internal equipment adapted for extreme Arctic conditions. The BTR-82A is the latest generation in the family of Russian-made BTR-80 8x8 APC.

The BTR-82A has improved armor, is fitted with spall liners, as well as having upgraded night vision equipment and the Glonass satellite navigation system. The vehicle has been in service with the Russian army since 2013.

"Before the end of the year, the Military Industrial Company will supply the Defense Ministry with 20 new BTR-82As, some of which will be made in a special Arctic configuration. These will be serially made carriers that are partially modified for use in extreme Arctic conditions," the source said.

The vehicles will have upgraded interior climate control to ensure the functioning of electronic equipment, including electronic sights, radio devices and other complex instruments, according to the source.

The BTR-82A engine compartment will also be insulated to withstand extreme temperatures, while different types of transmission and engine oil, as well as engine fuel, will be used to enable cold starts at temperatures as low as —60 degrees Celsius (-76 degrees Fahrenheit).

The BTR-82A will become the Russian military's first wheeled armored vehicle capable of moving across stretches of waterlogged tundra, across snow up to 60 centimeters (23 inches) deep and along the Arctic coast, the ministry source added.

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