The BTR-80/82 armored personnel carrier and the Vystrel armored vehicle continues to be successfully used by the Syrian Arab Army.
The Syrian Arab Army continues to successfully use the BTR-80/82 and the Vystrel armored vehicle, supplied by Russia. There are no data of its loss, the Vestnik Mordovii newspaper reported.
When photos of this military hardware for the first time appeared online, some skeptical military experts predicted that soon it will be lost because terrorists have too many anti-tank weapons, author of the article, Roman Katkov, noted.
However, according to Katkov, the BTR-80 armored personnel carrier are used in Syria for the third year, while the BTR-82 and the Vystrel – about one year, and there is no information about its losses.
“According to our data, Syrians, who used the old Soviet BTR-60 and the Czechoslovak OT-64 and BRDM-2, highly appreciate fighting qualities of the Russian light armored vehicles. The vehicles, supplied by Russia, are reliable, unpretentious in exploitation, and easy to learn. The BTR-82 has a high for its class 30 mm cannon, which is capable to hit enemy manpower at a distance of 4 km, and enemy armored personnel carriers and armored vehicles – at a distance up to 2 km,” Katkov pointed out.
There is only one minus – Syrian troops have very few number of this military hardware. There are more than 3 dozen of the BTR-80 in Syria, but the Syrian Army has a significantly fewer number of the Vystrel.