Russia’s BTR-82A APCs to integrate new thermal imager in October 73008161

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Russia’s BTR-82A APCs to integrate new thermal imager in October
The Military Industrial Company (Russian acronym: VPK, Voyenno-Promishlennaya Kompaniya) is planning to finish the trials of the BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier (APC) equipped with a thermal imager in October 2016, according to the Director General of VPK, Alexander Krasovitsky.
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A Russian BTR-82A APC
(Credit: Army Recognition)

"The sighting system with an integrated thermal imager has been assembled. At present, it is being integrated with the BTR-82A APC. We suppose that the relevant trials will be finished in October 2016. When the test program has been successfully completed, VPK will start the serial production of the upgraded carrier," Krasovitsky said. He added that the enhanced BTR-82A APC would be able to detect targets at a 3,000 m distance in harsh environment by day and night.

BTR-82A is the latest development of the BTR-80 armoured personnel carrier. The massive deliveries of the vehicles to Russia`s Armed Forces have started in 2011. BTR-82A features a unified manned turret, an air cooling unit, and an advanced navigational system.

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