The Russian military had restored a BTR-80 wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) that was damaged in the July 14 suicide attack in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, RusVesna revealed on September 5.
The attack, which was carried out with a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED), targeted a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway.
The SVBIED blew up a few meters away from the BTR-80. Nevertheless, the Russian APC sustained minimum damage. Three of the crew were slightly injured.
After repairing the BTR-80, Russian personnel left a message on the armor, reading “Несокрушимый,” which translates to “indestructible” in English.
A second BTR-80 survived an attack on August 25. The APC was also taking part in a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the M4 highway in Greater Idlib when it was targeted with a rocket-propelled grenade.
A mysterious jihadi group calling itself the “Khattab al-Shishani Brigades” claimed responsibility for both attacks on joint Russian-Turkish patrols.
The BTR-80, which was developed in the Soviet Union in the 80s, has proven its capability to operate in urban warfare. The version deployed by Russian forces in Syria is upgraded with a remotely-controlled tower with a 30 mm and a 7,62 mm machine guns.
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