TechRussian volunteer corps seizes armored carrier in bold stand against Putin

Russian volunteer corps seizes armored carrier in bold stand against Putin

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5:58 PM EDT, May 14, 2024

Soldiers from the Russian Volunteer Corps have made their presence felt once again. They participated in thwarting an offensive by Putin's army units in the Kharkiv region, notably employing a captured BTR-82A armored personnel carrier among their assets. We delve into the details of this weapon.

The Russian Volunteer Corps is a paramilitary group formed in the wake of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It comprises Russians who oppose the Kremlin and support Ukraine's fight for independence. On May 13, they joined forces with Ukraine's defenders to counter the attackers, equipped with, among other resources, a BTR-82A.

BTR-82A: What kind of weapon is it?

The BTR-82A is a modernized Russian-wheeled armored personnel carrier developed by the Arzamas Machinery Plant. It was introduced into service in 2011 and represents the latest in armored vehicle technology within Putin's forces. The BTR-82A variant stands out for its enhanced features, including an armored hull designed to withstand mines and explosive devices, internal anti-shrapnel protection, and an advanced, unmanned turret.

The BTR-82A's crew can engage targets with a 2A72 30 mm cannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun. The vehicle has a day-night sight, enabling effective operations in low-light conditions. Its 8x8 wheel configuration and potent engine propel the BTR-82A to speeds up to about 62 mph.

Notably, the BTR-82A showcased in recent social media footage was seized from Putin's forces in May 2023.

The Russian Volunteer Corps sarcastically commented on Telegram they extend their thanks to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the BTR-82A handed over on May 22, 2023. It has now returned home.

It's not the first time Russian paramilitary factions have taken a significant stand against the country’s regular forces. Previous operations, including strikes in the Belgorod and Kursk regions, have received considerable attention.

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