Provides carriage of personnel and its support by onboard armament in conditions of fire counteraction of the enemy.
It is different from the BTR-60PB in a more heavy-duty power plant, which contributes to increase in running performance of the armoured personnel carrier, availability of hatches between bays for suspension of second and third wheels of the right side and the left side for covert escape of personnel, seven ports for vision and firing from individual weapons. Places for carriage of two AGS-17 automatic grenade launchers are provided for near a bulkhead of a power plant compartment.
Equipment: bullet-proof armour protection, NBC protection system (FPT-200M absorber-filter), fire-fighting system, communication aids (R-123M radio station, R-174 intercom for three users), chemical agent detection kit, decontamination kit (DK-4B), heaters, winches, water barrier crossing equipment.
Armament: 14.5mm KPVT machine gun, 7.62mm PKT machine gun. PP-61AM sight