Algeria displays upgraded BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)

The Algerian National Defence Ministry just recently displayed a plethora of the venerable BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) which can now launch 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles.

In a video footage and associating photographs the Algerian National Defence Ministry released on June 26th to showcase the exercise code-named ‘Sakhr 2018’. The exercise involved the Algerian 36th Motorised Infantry Brigade which is based in the 2nd Military Region in the northeast of the country.

Algeria displays upgraded BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)
Algerian upgraded BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)

In the video footage, one of the newly upgraded BTR-80 was seen firing a 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missiles. The upgraded BTR-80 spots two 9M133 Kornet anti-tank guided missile launcher on both side of an electro-optical targeting system. The electro-optical targeting system consist of the standard Kornet targeting system although, it is lacking the optional thermal camera used for night operation.

Algeria displays upgraded BTR 80 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)

The BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)

The BTR-80 armored personnel carrier is a successor to the BTR-70 APC. Its development began in the 1980s. Vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army in 1986. Its production commenced the same year. The vehicle is widely exported and is currently in service with a lot of countries. It has seen extensive action in most conflicts worldwide.

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The 9M133 Kornet Anti-tank Guided Missiles

The 9M133 Kornet (Cornet) is a Russian-made anti-tank guided weapon. The NATO reporting name is AT-14 or Spriggan. It is a very capable anti-tank weapon which has a fearsome reputation due to its long range and lethality far ahead of its contemporaries like the US-made Javelin.

The Kornet-E developed by the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) in 1994, its maximum range of 5.5 km and it can hit tank sized targets in a top attack mode.

 9M133 Kornet anti-tank missile
9M133 Kornet anti-tank missile

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