This development of the “Military Industrial Company” was first presented at the international military-technical forum “Army 2017”.
The armored vehicle is considered “a radical modernization of the well-known family of BTR-80 and BTR-82 with qualitatively new characteristics”. The machine also significantly enhanced mine protection.
“A mounted combat module with a 30-mm cannon and a paired 7,62-mm machine gun looks similar to the one that is installed on the currently produced equipment. However, as you can see, the main armament is enhanced by 4 anti-tank Kornet anti-tank missiles. A thermal imager and a laser rangefinder are included in the sighting system, ”writes the author of the material, Lev Romanov.
The BTR also has improved mobility characteristics: “thanks to the engine in the 312 hp, the armored personnel carrier can reach a maximum speed of 90 km / h; water speed is one of the highest for this class of equipment - up to 14 km / h, power reserve - 800 km, ”the publication says.
Also important is the fact that the design of the BTR-87 is unified by the applied components and assemblies and can be produced at all plants located in the company's management.