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    BPM-97 'Vystrel'

    BPM-97 'Vystrel'The BPM-97 also known as KAMAZ-43269 "Vystrel" (The Shot) stands for Boyevaya Pogranichnaya Mashina - "Battle Vehicle of the Border Guard"). The vehicle is MRAP vehicle based on the KAMAZ 4326 4x4 truck. The BPM-97 armored personnel carrier was developed specially for the border guards. It is a cost-effective multi-purpose armored vehicle, which is appropriate for patrol and escort missions. The BPM-97 has a steel armor hull. The upper part of the shell provides protection against hits from a 12.7x108mm - NSV machine gun at a distance of 300 metres, the lower part from 7.62x54mmR SVD rifles at a distance of 30 m. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved mine blast protection.The vehicle is divided into the engine compartment and separate crew areas. The body has both side and rear doors, and roof hatches for exiting.

    Armament varies, the BPM-97 is available with pintle mounted or turret mounted 7.62 mm, 12.7 mm machine guns such as the Kord 12.7mm, 14.5 mm KPV heavy machine guns in a BTR-80 type turret, and a combination turret fitted with a sighting device with 30 mm cannon and 30 mm AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers.

    A low-rate production of this APC commenced in 1999 by KamAZ plant. Currently “Vystrel” is in service with the Russian 7th military base in Gudauta (Abkhazia), which is used as a reconnaissance vehicle in anti-terror units of the Strategic Missile Forces divisions, as well as in regional Special Forces of Federal Penitentiary Service.
    BPM-97 'Vystrel'BPM-97 'Vystrel'
    30th of December, 2014 «News Front» TV Channel that is under control of terrorist organization "Lugansk People's Republic” published a video of military training of the pro-Russian rebels using “Vystrel”s. The next day the video was published on the Russian TV channel "Vesti". Ukrainian reporter Roman Burko identified location of Russian military base in Lugansk. The photos were originally posted by pro-Russian terrorists Vadim Korolyov who is fighting against Ukrainian Army on his social page on December 28 2014. The photos deleted when Roman Burko article was posted at From the photos you can see that Russian Armored vehicles BPM-97 “Vystrel” that are only used in Russian Army units are located at the territory of “Transpele” transportation company.
    This is another strong evidence of the participation of the Russian Federation in the war in the east of Ukraine.

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