PORTSMOUTH, April 11 — RIA Novosti, Dmitry Fedorchenko. New BTR-82AM, which will replace the BTR-80, standing by the Russian Army, is being tested at the site of marines Black Sea Fleet (BSF) in Sebastopol, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, chief information officer of the Black Sea Fleet captain Vyacheslav Trukhachev.
"According to the requirements of the Marine Corps, BTR-82AM should be passable, resistant to corrosion and must have a water-jet engine. Soon it will be tested on the water to determine the stability of the machine during the shooting in a floating position. The exercise machines are dozens of miles on the sea and have to fire at the target without loss of stability of the body "- said Trukhachev.
The updated car, which is a modification of the BTR-80, received a new powerful engine of 300 horsepower, modern sights, dashboard, ergonomic driver's seat, said the representative of the Black Sea Fleet. In addition, APC has a Kevlar inner lining, built-in generator, stable bulletproof wheels, a new digital communication system.
"Of course, the main advantage of the BTR-82AM — it is an automatic 30 mm gun mounts, which greatly increased the firepower of the machine," — added Trukhachev.