BTR-82A at the marine exercises
The upgraded version of the BTR-82A armored personnel carrier - BTR-82AT will be shown for the first time at the Army 2020 forum, which will be held from August 23 to 29, 2020 in the Patriot park in Kubinka. This was stated by the CEO of the developer of this equipment, "Military Industrial Company" (LLC "VPK") Alexander Krasovitsky.
Answering a question from RIA News, Krasovitsky explained that the new version of the BTR-82A, namely the BTR-82AT, will be presented to the Army 2020 forum. The upgraded armored personnel carrier is equipped with a set of additional armored and trellis screens, a new sighting system with a thermal imager and an independent line of sight, a new digital radio station R-168-25U and the Trona-A1 navigation system capable of working both with satellites and offline with using a laser gyro.
Also, according to the general director of the military-industrial complex, the BTR-82AT will be the first domestic combat vehicle in which air conditioning is installed.
The BTR-82A, which was adopted in December 2012 and the one that enters the troops now, of course, is different. We are constantly working on improving it. Over the past 2-3 years, we have made more than 1000 improvements to the design of the armored personnel carrier
- said Krasovitsky, adding that many improvements were made on the basis of information coming directly from the military, operating this equipment.
The work on the new version of the BTR-82A became known in 2016. At the KADEX-2016 exhibition, Krasovitsky said that the Ministry of Defense had ordered the modernization of an armored personnel carrier and the company had already begun OCD on this topic.