BTR-82A: Cornerstone of the Russian Army

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BTR-82A: Cornerstone of the Russian Army


The BTR-82A, the latest version of the BTR-80-series in service with Russia.

  • Description :
    • The BTR-82A is an 8x8 Armored Personnel Carrier that was developed from the BTR-80A. Development of the BTR-82A began in between 2009 and 2010 by Arzamas Machine-Building Plant (AMZ) that featured multiple improvements over the original BTR-80A. This included an turbo-charged 8-cylinder 4-stroke V-shaped Diesel Engine, named the KamAZ-740.14-300 that produced 300hp which provided a significant increase in maneuverability and reliability. This was coupled to a new manual transmission that featured a 5-to-1 gear ratio which allowed for a maximum speed of 80km/h. One of the main features of the vehicle however is the increased in crew survivability. The BTR-82A features 12.7mm frontal protection and 7.62mm all around protection, however equipped with a kevlar-lining, significantly improving survivability against IED’s, mines, and artillery shrapnel. It can also equip a 360-degree Bar armor to protect against HEAT-shaped charges. The BTR-82A is equipped with a BPPU Combat Module which features a fully stabilized 2A72 30mm Automatic Cannon capable of a rate of firing of 330rpm with 300rds ready to fire. It can also fire all rounds of the 30x165 cartridge. The BPPU Combat Module also is equipped with a PKTM 7.62mm machine gun for additional self-defense purposes. To fire the main gun, the Gunner utilizes the TKN-4GA-02 day/night fire control system to engage targets in day or night conditions through the use of passive IR sighting. Later on, the Russian army upgraded the sights on some BTR-82A’s. This was the TKN-4GA-03 thermal imaging fire control system featuring a clearer, uncooled thermal camera installed within the sight which further increased the Gunner’s capabilities. The Commander operates the TKN-AI combined day/night periscope with rangefinder capable of locating targets for the Gunner. The Driver is equipped with the driver is equipped with a TVN-4E Passive IR periscope. The BTR-82A crew is also equipped with the VHF (Very High Frequency) R-168-25-U2 Radio Station, enabling long distance, secure communications. The BTR-82A can also mount an ATGM launcher on the rear of the turret, but must be operated from outside the vehicle. Another version of the BTR-82A is the BTR-82AM, a modernized version of the BTR-80A that features the same equipment as the BTR-82A. Production of the BTR-82A began in 2011 with the BTR-82A entering service in the Russian Army in 2013. Up to ~1,800 BTR-82A/BTR-82AM’s are in service, modifying and replacing the BTR-80A. The BTR-82A has become one of the cornerstones of the Russian Army and has operated in multiple combat zones from Syria, Azerbaijan/Armenia, to Ukraine. The BTR-82A has been available for export, with the other official users of the BTR-82A being: Syria, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan.
    • In 2016, an announcement was made to possible mount the light version of the AU-220M Combat Module to the BTR-82A. The AU-220M Combat Module features several enhancements such as a 57mm Automatic Gun, a coaxial 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, and 3rd-generation thermal imagers for the Gunner, however no prototype is believed to be completed .
      • Note: I added this to bring awareness to the modularity of the BTR-82A. No images or models of the AU-220M Combat Module integrated into the BTR-82A are available therefore will not be further discussed in the suggestion until more information is available.
  • Role : Armored Personnel Carrier
  • Origin/Manufacturer:
    • Russia/Arzamas Machine-Building Plant (AMZ)
  • Armament:
    • BPPU Combat Module:
      • Primary: 2A72 30mm Autocannon (300rds)
        • Cartridge: 30x165
          • Ammunition:
            • 3UBR8 APDS-T (BP)
            • 3UBR11 APFSDS-T
            • 3UBR6 AP-T (BT)
            • 3UOR6 HEF-I (OFZ)
            • 3UOF8 F-T (OT)
        • Feed System:
          • Dual-belt Fed
        • Depression/Elevation: -5/+70 Degrees
          • Traverse/Elevation Speed:
            • Max: 6.0
            • Min: 0.1
        • Stabilizer: Electro-mechanical, Two-plane
      • Coaxial: PKTM 7.62mm Machine Gun (2,000rds)
  • Maneuverability:
    • Engine: 300hp - KamAZ-740.14-300 Turbo Diesel Engine
      • Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
    • Transmission: Manual (5-Forward, 1-Reverse)
    • Chassis: 8x8, 4-axle
      • Ground Clearance: 475mm
      • Suspension: Torsion Bar
    • Max Speed: 80km/h (9km/h on water)
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 7.580m
    • Width: 2.985m
    • Height: 2.725m
    • Weight: 15.4t
  • Crew (3-10x):
    • Commander
    • Gunner
    • Driver
  • Features:
    • 6x 81mm 902V ‘Tucha’ Smoke Grenade Launchers
    • ESS
    • Laser Rangefinder
    • Unmanned Turret
      • Gunner’s Sight:
        • Early: TKN-4GA-02: IR Passive Night Vision
        • Late: TKN-4GA-03: 3rd-generation Thermal Image
    • OU-3GA2M IR Searchlight
    • Amphibious
    • Armor:
      • Frontal Arc: Up to 12.7mm rounds.
      • Side and Rear: Up to 7.62mm rounds.
      • Turret: Up to 12.7mm rounds.
      • Kevlar-lined for shrapnel protection.
      • Armor Package:
        • Additional armor plating on front arc.
        • Bar Armor.
    • Other Optics:
      • Driver: TVN-4E (IR Passive NV)
      • Commander: TKN-AI (IR Passive NV)
  • In-game :
    • The BTR-82A is a powerful Infantry Fighting Vehicle that relies on speed and firepower to knock out its targets. Featuring little to no armor, only capable of protecting against 7.62mm up to 12.7mm rounds and artillery shrapnel thanks to its kevlar-lining, the BTR-82A is quite fragile but can be equipped with Bar armor at the cost of its amphibious capabilities to increase its protection against HEAT-shaped charges. This also helps protect the vehicle from hull-breaking mechanics. Overall the BTR-82A is quite maneuverable, capable of being a highly effective scout as well as point capturer. Its worth noting the BTR-82A is equipped with a 3rd-generation thermal imager and has additional passive IR equipment, including a searchlight for the Commander. A Tier IV upgrade could include an upgrade from the TKN-4GA-02 Passive IR sight to the TKN-4GA-03 thermal imager. To make up for all of its shortcomings is the BTR-82A’s capability to fire the 3UBR11 APFSDS-T rounds that can make very quick work of vehicles ranging from light tanks and IFV’s, to side armor of main battle tanks and modules. Operators are also recommended to take advantage of its unmanned turret and remain in hull down positions if required to engage targets head on.
    • Estimated Battle Rating: 8.7-9.0
  • Sources:





Images of the BTR-82A.




Images of the BTR-82A equipped with Bar Armor for additional protection against HEAT-shaped charges.


ATGM launcher mounted on a BTR-82A.


BTR-82A during fording operations.

More images of the BTR-82A.


Specifications of the BTR-82A.


2A72 Autocannon used by the BTR-82A.


The PKTM Coaxial Machine Gun of the BTR-82A.


Underneath the BPPU Combat Module.


Views of the Gunner’s Optical Sight.


The Gunner’s Station.


TKN-AI combined day/night sight for the Commander.


Specification sheet for the BTR-82A. Information for the BTR-82A at the bottom.

Interior images of the BTR-82A.


R-168-25-U2 Radio Station for long-range communications.


The KamAZ 740.14-300 Diesel Engine used by the BTR-82A.


The BTR-82AM, an upgraded BTR-80A that meets the BTR-82A standard.

BTR-82A – Russian Armoured Personnel Carrier - YouTube

Video of the BTR-82A.



The AU-220M Combat Module featuring a fully stabilized 57mm automatic cannon. Light versions of this module may be equipped to the BTR-82A.



Yes, please I beg

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seeing the 80 being in game, the 82A should be in-game soon

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The ATGM option is very enticing. The standard BTR-80A is really lacking in AT capabilities, so it would be a great help to have some “oomph” on the battlefield.


Nona SVK could accomplish that as a pretty interesting variant


I would love it

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+1, folder with the BTR-80A

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Idk about that. It kinda depends on what they give it. If it’s getting thermals and the 3UBR11 round, then it should be around 8.7 as an analog to the VBC (lower in BR by .3 due to RoF. If it’s just getting APDS rounds and regular NV, probably 8.0 since it’s stabilized and has a LRF.

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Well that would be the BTR-82AT, which can be a separate vehicle.

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In case anyone is curious about the ATGM mounting.






+1 though! I’d like to see it in-game, with or without the Kornet.


This should be a modification.

Fuck NO. The BTR-80A was bad enough. We don’t need another one.

This one is just on par with the VBC. Nothing ground breaking. Has a slow RoF.


That’s an entirely different beast. That has a 2A42 (high RoF), two Konkurs-M, etc. This vehicle would be similar to the VBC in some regards. The BTR-82AT is like what the Freccia would be with TOW missiles.

That’s a different BTR-82AT. The name has been used a couple of times.

Ah that version, yeah that could work. Forgot about that.

All good