Protection of the vehicle has been improved due to application of antifragment protection from modern aramid materials on the inner surfaces of the hull of the new armored personnel carrier. The crew and APC aggregates and system to be protected against armor-piercing bullets shot by basic short-range infantry weapons from 100-m distance and against secondary fragment impacts in case the APC main armor is pierced. Beside improvement of protective properties, the anti-fragment protection installed improves heat and sound insulation of the APC manned compartment. Increased mine resistance has been obtained due to a spread design of the bottom with energy absorbing underfoot rugs in the places where the crew and squad sit. The upgraded fire-fighting system is also used in BTR-82A, which significantly improves capabilities of the vehicle. A complex of measures made to improve protection of the armored personnel carrier has allowed its survivability to be increased by 20%.
Although the APC weight has been increased a little, parameters of vehicle maneuverability have been improved due to installation of a more powerful diesel engine (300 HP instead of 260 HP), new transmission and suspension components. These measures also improved the total resource of the vehicle, mean off-road speeds, smoothness of movement (that is important for high accuracy during march firing) and reliability of the chassis in general. High floating capabilities of the vehicle for overcoming water obstacles have been kept at the previous level.
To improve command controllability of the vehicle modern digital communication facilities have been utilizing. All those have improved communication stability, security and quality, enhanced functional control and ensured integration into a unified automated control system of a tactical link.
To improve comfort of crew operations in the vehicle and to reduce their fatigue when marching and conducting a fight, especially during operations in high temperature conditions, the BTR-82A is equipped with air conditioning system. It also provides optimal working conditions for electronics and instruments.
The armored personnel carrier equipped with a self-contained 5 kW power plant. It ensures charging of storage batteries, operation of armament and main power supply consumers, when the main engine is idle during defence operations, on block-posts, and also reduces visibility of the vehicle within thermal and acoustic ranges and saves resources of the main engine.
All those measures have twice increased fire efficiency of the BTR-82A as compared with the BTR-80 (BTR-80A), correspondingly.
Minimum turning radius (front outer wheel), m
Maximum road speed, km/h
Maximum speed afloat, at least, km/h
Endurance afloat at 1,800-2,200 rpm, h
side slope angle, egressing wet gap, deg.
740.14-300 turbocharged diesel
day, blast fragmentation/incendiary round
day, armour-piercing/tracer round
on aerial targets (slant range)