The BTR-82A IFV is a Fire Support vehicle added to Squad during update A9. In 2013, the BTR-82A was adopted as the standard armored personnel carrier (APC) and infantry carrier vehicle (ICV) of the Russian Ground Forces (RGF), alongside with the BTR-82AM APC (regular BTR-80 APC that are upgraded and modernized to the BTR-82A's level). The BTR-82A is the latest modern variant of the BTR-80 APC. The vehicles combination of high mobility and speed, weak armor, and a relatively low-powered automatic cannon makes it one of the less deadly vehicles in Squad.
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General Information[edit | edit source]
The BTR-82A is the latest 8-wheel APC and ICV modern variant of the BTR-80 APC. It was designed by the Arzamas Machinery Plant in 2009 and then later adopted into the RGF in 2013 as the standard armored personnel carrier (APC) and infantry carrier vehicle (ICV), alongside with the BTR-82AM APC. The BTR-82A is mostly used by the RGF but offers were made by the Belarusian and Bangladeshi governments to add them to their own arsenals. BTR-82A production ceased in 2015 and was replaced with the BTR-82AM modernization program which overhauls and upgrades existing BTR-80 APCs.
The BTR-82A weighs over 16 metric tons, is 24.87 ft (7.58 m) long, 9.79 ft (2.985 m) wide, and 8.94 ft (2.725 m) tall. The BTR-82A can be driven by 3 crew members and can hold up to 7 passengers. The BTR-82A has more better armor than the BTR-80 in that it has improved laminate armor along the bottom of the hull as well as spall liners along the interior walls and ceiling and a ballistic mat is placed on the floor in each side of the troop compartment and possibly under the troop seats, likely with the same effect as the spall liner. The commander's and gunner's sights were replaced with more capable systems. The gunner's searchlight was replaced with a PL-1, and later an LP-1 infrared spectrum pulse laser searchlight. The vehicle has a more powerful 300-hp and fuel efficient engine, increasing its cruising range from at least 600-km to at least 700-km. The BTR-82A is fitted with a 2A72 cannon as its primary armament, and a coaxial PKT machine-gun as secondary armament. The vehicle can reach up to a speed of 49.71 mph (80 km/h).
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The BTR-82A is only used by one faction, the RGF. It's primary strengths and weakness are outlined below.
- The BTR-82A is fitted with the 2A72 30mm cannon, which can either fire armor-piercing rounds or high explosive ones. It's AP rounds will quickly destroy light vehicles with weak armour, but against anything heavier than that it is substantially less useful unless the gunner can put rounds into weak-points in the armour. Even then, the BTR-82 sports MUCH weaker armour than the other IFV's in-game as of A14, meaning you will probably be destroyed in turn before you can finish your opponent. The cannon has a very high rate of fire, which allows it to shred unarmoured vehicles and infantry groups, but firing in bursts at long range targets is recommended if you want to retain any accuracy.
- Although the cannon's armour piercing rounds can instantly kill enemy players with just one shot, regardless of wherever the shot hits, it should only be used against enemy players as last resort as attempting to snipe enemy players with AP is generally considered a waste of ammunition. 30mm armour piercing rounds are designed to be used against enemy vehicles and not against enemy infantry. Players using the cannon should be reminded to carefully fire in short bursts and to use the high-explosive rounds against infantry.
- Match-ups against the M2A3 Bradley are almost always going to end up with BTR-82A being destroyed, provided the Bradleys crew can asses the situation quick enough to start firing back before taking critical damage. In most cases, the Bradleys crew is going to actively hunt the BTR-82A aggressively because they know that have a massive advantage in armour protection. The best thing a BTR-82 can do in this situation is retreat.
- Match-ups against the FV510 Warrior offer slightly more chances for the BTR-82A to emerge victorious due to the fact that the Warrior lacks turret and commanders visor stabilization. The Warrior also has a much slower firing cannon, no ATGMs, and a critical weakness in the armour on the rear exit hatch. It's armour at this point is abysmal compared to the rest of the vehicle, and skilled crews should work together to get all their shots into this area. Even so, the Warrior has great protection everywhere else, and you will probably be destroyed in any lengthened engagement.
- Match-ups against the IAV Stryker or FV432 "Bulldog" are also not great. Both the Stryker and Bulldog are armed with .50 cal M2 Brownings, which are more than capable of destroying the BTR-82. The Bulldog gunner is in an open-top turret, which is a weakness when compared to the Stryker's CROWS system. The Bulldog gunner is going to have a lot more trouble engaging the BTR-82 at long range and you can theoretically shoot him out of the turret. Armour wise, the Stryker and Bulldog both have much better armour than the BTR-82, meaning that once again, you can fail to destroy your target even if you get your shots of first.
- The BTR-82A is commonly called the 30 millimetre, 30 mil, and 30 mike, sometimes with BTR added on to the end. This is in reference to its 30mm armament, which distinguishes it from regular BTRs.
- The 30mm cannon has excellent range. When given a good line of sight and a competent gunner, it can easily harass light vehicles like logistic and transport trucks at great distances.
- Armed with 2 charges of 40mm smoke grenades. Remember they exist, they could save your life.
- Ultimately, the BTR-82 suffers from one critical flaw; it is a lightly armoured APC, with a 30mm autocannon slapped on top. Whilst the cannon technically makes it an IFV, it is not a purpose built vehicle like the IFV's of the US or British Armies, and should not be treated as such. Treat it like what it is, a fast troop transport with an autocannon, that will protect it from small arms fire and not much else. Be ready to retreat in an instant if you start to take too much heat.
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- BTR stands for Bronetransporter (бронетранспортер) which in English from Russian is "Armored Personnel Carrier". The number 82 strangely does not represent the year the BTR-82A or its parent, the BTR-82, was created, since both of these vehicles have been created in the 21st century. A stands for "Automatic" meaning automatic cannon as the main armament of the vehicle. IFV stands for Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
- The BTR-82A's ticket value was previously 40 but was decreased by 28 tickets in the Alpha v9.4 update.
- BTR-82As 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon was considered the strongest weapon in the game at the time of its release in version Alpha 9. High-Explosive ammunition of the gun had an unhealthy radius of splash damage, and could damage any vehicle present in the game at the time (mainly Stryker APC as its direct counterpart at the time)
- Said 30mm automatic cannon ammunition was quickly nerfed into a sorry state in version Alpha 9.1. The gun itself also was changed to only fire in bursts instead of realistic and previously available full-auto mode.