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.
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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