The BTR-BM was developed to increase the firepower and protection of the prevision models of the BTR-80 family
At the Army-2021 Military-Technical Forum, the Russian Military Industry Company launched its new BTR-BM 8×8 Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle with a new power. The BTR-BM is based on the BTR-82A but is equipped with a new turret with a 30mm cannon and Konkurs-M anti-tank guided missiles and an enhanced armor package.
According to the manufacturer, the BTR-BM retains the same engine as the BTR-82A, including the KamAz-740.14300 with a capacity of 300 horsepower, coupled to a 5-speed mechanical gearbox. The vehicle can reach a maximum road speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.
The BTR-BM is fitted with a new turret armed with one 2A42 30mmm automatic cannon, one PKT 7.62mm caliber coaxial machine gun, and two container launchers for 9K111-1M Konkurs-M ATGM. The vehicle has a crew of three and can carry up to seven infantrymen.
As for the BTR-82A, the hull of the BTR-BM has a hull of all-welded steel armor construction. The commander sits at the front of the hull on the right with the driver to his left. For the previous version of the BTR-80 family, the commander and the driver position was fitted with a single hatch, but for the BTR-BM, the hatches are covered by additional armor plates. Each also has three forward- and one side-facing day periscopes.