Photos of an infantry fighting vehicle of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were published online on August 2. As reported, the vehicle is a part of the 9th Separate Motorized Rifle Regiment, that is located at the southern part of contact line with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The vehicles of the DPR unit are distinguished by its unusually high area of additional protection, made of a rubber-rope conveyor belt.
Side and front skirts, as well as bulwarks cover the entire chassis, almost reaching the ground. The solid protection has even required manufacturing of special steps to board the vehicle.
Turrets are also closed in the front and rear parts of the vehicle.
There are also shields that cover the sides of the vehicle’s body. These shields cover the loopholes for firing, but the authors of the upgrade, apparently, do not consider this a serious shortcoming.
The 9th Separate Motorized Rifle Regiment approached the process of the vehicles’ refinement with the utmost meticulousness, hung their vehicles with the maximum amount of additional protection.