While the country's leadership is mulling APC supplies from a distant Canada, while having their own producers in Ukraine, yet another version of the BTR-3', the "DE" modification, is being tested by the 95th Separate Air Assault Brigade.
Moreover, if we talk about Canadian vehicles, such as LAV III, Ukrainian cars are in no way inferior to their overseas competitors, and in some respects, such as the driving range (600 km vs 450 km) or their striking potential, are even superior.
The APC now being tested by the 95th Brigade is, in fact, the quintessence of all modifications and innovations to which these vehicles were subjected, both before the Russian invasion, and especially after it.
It should be reminded that today, the BTR-3 is no longer a variation of the BTR-80/94. This is a combat vehicle with impressive firepower in the form of a "Shturm" turret equipped with a 30 mm automatic ZTM-1 cannon, a 7.62 mm KT-7.62 machine gun, launchers "Barrier" ATGMs, and a 30 mm KBA-117 grenade launcher. In terms of its firepower, not only does the BTR-3 surpass many competitors in the market (including that Canadian LAV III), it also beats its primary antagonist on the battlefield – Russia, whose BTR-82 with BPPU turrets are significantly inferior to those made in Ukraine.
Also, the result of tests and modifications of power units, UTD-20 or Deutz BF6M1015 have become the new norm for the BTR-3. The German engines significantly enhanced both the maneuverability of combat vehicles and their dynamic, speed features.
In the process of upgrading the BTR-3, many other factors were also taken into account, including the quality of fire. In particular, in the BTR-3E1 modification, the Tandem fire control system was replaced with the TREK fire control system, while in the BTR-3DA modification, more than 700 comments and suggestions were taken into account based on the results of the combat vehicle's operation in actual combat conditions.
And therefore, those BTR-3s, which are now being tested by air assault troops, are a compilation of many years of experience and improvement, to which, of course, there can be no limit.
It should not be forgotten that the BTR-3 has an excellent export potential. Over the years of production, such countries as Jordan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and Chad have showed their interest in it. Limited, small batches have already been delivered to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the U.S., and Ecuador.
In fact, the Ukrainian APC significantly outstripped its direct competitor from the Russian Federation, the BTR-82, in terms of customer coverage. Russians only managed to "impose" their combat vehicles on Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and Syria. At the same time, we all perfectly understand how doubtful and corruption-riddled is the decision to choose the Russian armored personnel carrier in each of these countries, with the exception of Syria, which makes no independent decisions at all.
So, do we really need those foreign combat vehicles of this type, while we have our own, which are even better on a number of indicators than those made by foreign competitors? Ask the guys from the 95th Brigade, they'll tell you.