SEVASTOPOL, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – 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 on Thursday.
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 8×8 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.