Finnish SISU XA-180 APC is fighting against its Ukrainian owners

MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Both belligerents, Russia and Ukraine, continue to use captured and intact military platforms against their former owners. Since the beginning of the war, there has been evidence and reports of Russian tanks, self-propelled howitzers, and armored personnel carriers captured by Ukrainian soldiers. Subsequently, after a short repair, if necessary, the Ukrainians return to the battlefield to fight against the Russians.

Finnish SISU XA-180 APC is fighting against its Ukrainian owners
Photo credit: Telegram

On the other side of the barrier, the situation is exactly the same. Although there are fewer reports of captured Ukrainian platforms, the Russians are also having success. Pictures appeared on Telegram showing a Finnish SISU XA-180 APC delivered to Ukraine. On the front cover of the vehicle and on the side, the letter “Z” can be seen. This is one of the symbols with which the Russian army marks its military platforms on the battlefield.

The source of the photos claims that this XA-180 APC was captured by the 1st Donetsk Army Corps. Although there is no definite confirmation, it is assumed that this Finnish armored personnel carrier was captured in the Bakhmut area.

What do we know about the XA-180 APC?

The XA-180 APC is a vehicle manufactured by the Finnish company Patria, a leader in this field. The original name of the armored personnel carrier is Patria Pasi. It was formerly known as Sisu Pasi. In fact, the SISU XA-180 APC is the original source of the series of variants of the following Patria Pasi APCs.

Finnish SISU XA-180 APC is fighting against its Ukrainian owners
Photo by Kjetil Ree

SISU XA-180 APC is an original six-wheeler, that carries a crew of 2 and 16 troops. Without human personnel, the vehicle weighs 12 tons. It was developed in the late 80s of the last century, and since the middle of, it entered service with the Finnish army. It stopped being produced in 2003, and 20 years later it is increasingly difficult to find spare parts for it.

The SISU XA-180 is powered by 6 in-line cylinders, turbocharged, inter-cooled diesel engine. In addition to land, the vehicle can move on water, making it an amphibious platform. On the water, the speed does not exceed 9 km/h, while on land it can reach 105 km/h. With a full tank of fuel, the vehicle travels 850 km.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

Finnish SISU XA-180 APC is fighting against its Ukrainian owners
Photo credit: Telegram

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.


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