TechUnique synchronized explosions of Russian vehicles captured in Ukraine

Unique synchronized explosions of Russian vehicles captured in Ukraine

Two BTR-80s destroyed in Ukraine
Two BTR-80s destroyed in Ukraine
Images source: © X | OSINT Technical

12:11 PM EST, February 28, 2024

This unique incident of two Russian vehicles exploding simultaneously in Ukraine was recorded near Stepowe, in the Avdiivka region. Shared by the OSINT Technical profile on the X platform, the video captures two Russian BTR-80s, spaced several dozen yards apart, triggering TM-62 mines at the exact same moment, resulting in the simultaneous explosion of the machines belonging to the Russian Federation.

A first from Ukraine: synchronized vehicle explosions

The recording’s capture of the Russian machines' explosions seems to be a stroke of chance – viewers, having watched the video hundreds of thousands of times, comment on its strangeness among materials coming from Ukraine.

The BTR-80 vehicles, obliterated by the Ukrainian TM-62 mines of Soviet origin — which contain about 15 pounds of explosive material and have a total mass of nearly 22 pounds — are primarily used for troop transport by the Russian Federation. Their production began in 1984 at the Arzamas Machinery Plant, marking the BTR-80 as the modern successor to the BTR-70 developed in the 1970s.

Equipped with Kamaz 7403 diesel engines, these vehicles boast 260 HP, enabling them to cover approximately 370 miles on a full tank, which holds nearly 80 gallons, and reach speeds of up to 50 mph (and about 5.6 mph in water).

Their main role is to transport soldiers. The BTR-80 can carry up to 11 people, including three crew members, meaning that up to 22 soldiers could have been in the two vehicles shown in the video. The armament of the BTR-80, aimed primarily at light armored targets and infantry, includes 14.5 mm KPVT machine guns with a 500 round capacity and 7.62 mm PKT machine guns with 2000 rounds.

It's also noteworthy that over 5,000 units of the BTR-80 have been produced to date. Furthermore, this vehicle has been the foundation for several modernizations, such as the development of the 120 mm 2S23 Nona-SVK self-propelled mortar.

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