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Kyiv Armoured Plant delivers repaired BTR-80 to AFU

6th May 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Kyiv Armoured Plant, a subsidiary of state-owned Ukroboronprom, has delivered nine BTR-80 APCs to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) following repairs.

The repairs also included upgrades to their communication and navigation systems as well as new 29-inch (74cm) tyres.

Igor Fomenko, deputy director general for production at Ukroboronprom, said: ‘The company was supposed to finish the contract last fall [2019], but due to delays in financing state guarantees and additional work that was revealed [to show the] deep defect, the work was delayed.’

The BTR-80 is an 8x8 amphibious APC which was developed in the Soviet era, although first deliveries were not made until 1995. The vehicle included new side doors which made it easier for infantry troops to embark and disembark quickly. The side doors had not been included in the earlier BTR-60 and BTR-70 models.


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