The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive the first BTR-82AT armoured personnel carriers (APCs) this year, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow between 25-30 June.
In early April Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the MoD's intention to procure the upgraded APCs. "Starting in 2019, all BTR-82As will receive an upgraded fire-control system with a thermal imager and additional ballistic protection," Shoigu said at an MoD board meeting.
Military-Industrial Company (VPK) general director Alexander Krasovitskiy told Jane's at Army 2019 on 25 June that the BTR-82AT had already completed trials. "The APC upgraded to the BTR-82AT standard is ready for production and delivery. We are waiting for a contract to be issued by the MoD," he said.
Unlike the baseline BTR-82A, the BTR-82AT is fitted with the TKN-4GA sighting system with a thermal imager and stabilised field of view. The APC carries a 9K129 tripod-mounted anti-tank guided missile system for the 9M133 Kornet missile in its troop compartment.
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