Arzamas Machine Building Plant, which is managed by LLC "Military-Industrial Company", will begin serial production of armored personnel carriers BTR-82 and BTR-82A in 2010. This Interfax reported citing a statement issued press secretary Sergei Suvorov military-industrial complex.
Testing of new armored vehicles, which represent a modification of BTR-80, completed in February 2010. Then, according to Suvorov, "must be decided on the adoption of their arsenals." After that AMZ will begin mass production of new machines.
Sergei Suvorov, said that the new armored vehicles differ significantly from the BTR-80, so the Ministry of Defense has assigned them new indexes. BTR-82A is equipped with 30-millimeter cannon, and BTR-82 - 14.5-millimeter machine gun. Tower equip armored vehicle stabilization and new weapons sights.
Serial production of BTR-80 began in 1984. Later it was created three versions of the armored personnel carrier. The car can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour and covered a distance of 600 kilometers. BTR-80 are in service with more than two dozen countries.