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Russia completes deliveries of BTR-80 APCs to Bangladesh, says report

14 November 2017

Bangladesh has received the final batch of BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) destined for use in UN peacekeeping operations, Russian manufacturer Military Industrial Company told the Sputnik news agency on 6 November.A UN convoy is escorted by BTR-80 APCs operated by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali's (MINUSMA's) Bangladeshi contingent in June 2015. Bangladesh recently received the final batch of BTR-80s destined for use in UN peacekeeping operations, according to Russian media reports. (Erwan de Cherisey)A UN convoy is escorted by BTR-80 APCs operated by the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali's (MINUSMA's) Bangladeshi contingent in June 2015. Bangladesh recently received the final batch of BTR-80s destined for use in UN peacekeeping operations, according to Russian media reports. (Erwan de Cherisey)

Although it is unclear how many vehicles were handed over, it is likely that the delivery is part of a tranche of armoured vehicles meant for the Bangladesh Army that was announced by Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, in 2016 in accordance with the Bangladesh-Russian defence hardware sales agreement of 2013.

In 2012 Moscow had sanctioned a USD1 billion loan to facilitate the modernisation of Bangladesh Armed Forces with Russian weapons.

Following the 2016 announcement, Russian media released photographs of 70 newly built and white-painted BTR-80 APCs being transported to Bangladesh. These vehicles were understood to be destined for the Bangladeshi contingent deployed in UN peacekeeping missions.

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