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Belarus upgrades armour

29th March 2017 - 12:01 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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The Belarus military has given the go-ahead for two programmes to upgrade the Land Forces armour inventory.

It will be undertaken by domestic companies, which will work on the BTR-70 APC and the T-72 tank as part of an ongoing re-capitalisation effort.

The 1980s vintage BTR has been upgraded to the BTR-70BM1 standard with the first batch reported to have been handed over to the Land Forces in January 2017. Belarus's State Military-Industrial Committee, however, did not release the number of upgraded APC delivered or the total size of the order.

The BTR-70BM1 is an upgrade which brings the

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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