While improving the performance of the wheeled armoured vehicles to meet the current standards, VPK’s Military Engineering Centre and the Defence Ministry’s branch scientific organisations hashed out the optimal approaches to refining the APCs. The vehicle that resulted from the upgrade was drastically different to the production-standard ones and, hence, was designated as BTR-82A.
The BTR-80A is a wheeled amphibious combat vehicle designed as an infantry troops carrier fit for fire support on the battlefield and for its infantry squad to fire from inside the vehicle.
The BTR-80 is a wheeled amphibious combat vehicle designed to carry infantry and marines to the battlefield, support them with fire and enable them to fire from inside the vehicle.
The BREM-K is a wheeled amphibious vehicle designed for technical support of the units equipped with wheeled BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APC).