As part of a large-scale sudden check of combat readiness, which is taking place in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, an exercise on the landing of Naval Infantry on an unequipped coast was held in the Kaliningrad region at the “Khmelevka” training ground. More than 20 BTR-82A armored personnel carriers with personnel from the Baltic Fleet Naval Infantry’ amphibious assault companies landed with Naval Infantry of the Baltic fleet, among other formations and units of the fleet, were alerted as part of the combat readiness check, which takes place in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. It involves the troops and forces of the Southern Military District, parts of the military administration and troops of the Western Military District.
The BTR-82A is an amphibious 8×8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) being manufactured by Military Industrial Company on the design of BTR-80A. The vehicle offers improved protection capabilities than its predecessor. The BTR-82A APC can perform combat operations 24 hours a day. The main armament of the APC is 30mm dual-feed automatic cannon. The gun can fire armour piercing-tracer (AP-T) projectiles, high-explosive fragmentation-incendiary (HEF-I) and high-explosive-tracer (HE-T) ammunition. The secondary armament of the vehicle includes a 7.62mm PKTM coaxial machine gun. The armoured hull of the APC is made up of Kevlar laminated synthetic material to provide ballistic protection. The reinforced floor with multi layers offers protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mine blasts. The spall liners inside the vehicle armour also protect the crew against explosion. The BTR-82A is powered by KAMAZ 740.14-300 turbo diesel engine, which generates a power of 300hp.