BTR-82A Armored Vehicles First Used During Russian Drills in Tajikistan

A file photo showing BTR-82A armored vehicles during the battalion tactical field firing exercise


Russian troops used the BTR-82A armored personnel carriers for the first time during drills in Tajikistan, an aid to the commander of Russia’s Central Military District said Tuesday.

There is a number of significant differences between the new BTR-82A and their predecessors, the commander noted. The armored vehicles’ firepower has been increased due to a 30-mm aircraft cannon being installed, while high angle barrel lifting allows for a more efficient attacks in mountainous areas.“Soldiers stationed in Tajikistan as part of the 201st Military Base used the new BTR-82A for the first time during maneuvers in the foothills of the Eastern Pamirs,” Col. Yaroslav Roschupkin told reporters.

The motorized infantry troops managed to strike targets at a distance of 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) and 1.7 kilometers on complex terrain, Roschupkin added.

Russian military in Tajikistan wake up on alert

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YEKATERINBURG, July 22 /TASS/. The servicemen of the 201st military base deployed in Tajikistan have been woken up on alert, the press service of the central military district said on Friday.

Two garrisons located in the cities of Dushanbe and Kurgan-Tyube will hold classes of combat readiness.

“The units have been put on high alert. The personnel is drilling maneuvers aimed at fulfilling surprise tasks such as repelling an attack of conditional enemy at vital facilities,” the press service said.

The 201st military base is the biggest military facility in Russia located outside its borders. It is located in three cities – Dushanbe, Kulyab and Kurgan-Tyube. Under an agreement signed in October 2012, the unit will stay in Tajikistan until 2042.