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Armored personnel carrier


The BTR-80A armored personnel carrier is armed with externally mounted 30-mm cannon

Entered service 1994
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 14.4 - 14.55 t
Length 7.7 m
Width 2.95 m
Height 2.8 m
Main gun 30-mm cannon
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 5 to + 70 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 300 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 rounds
Engine YaMZ-238M2 diesel
Engine power 240 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 600 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.5 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The BTR-80A armored personnel carrier is an improved variant of the BTR-80. It is claimed that a small scale production of this APC began in 1994. The BTR-80A has a more powerful armament than its predecessor. It follows the line of Russian 8x8 wheeled armored personnel carriers. It is an intermediate design between the BTR-80 and more advanced BTR-90. Currently the BTR-80A is in service with Hungary (178), Indonesia (12), North Korea, Sudan (33) and possibly some other countries.

   Vehicle is armed with externally mounted 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. This dual-fed cannon uses HE-FRAG and AP-T rounds. Maximum range of fire with armor-piercing-tracer rounds is 2 km (day) and 800 m (night). High elevation angle allows to use these weapons against low-flying air targets.

   Front armor of the BTR-80A APC protects against 12.7-mm rounds. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm rounds and artillery shell splinters. Collective NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems are fitted as standard. Six 81-mm smoke grenade dischargers are fitted to the turret.

   Vehicle has a crew of three and can carry seven troops. Occupants enter and leave the vehicle through side doors or roof hatches. Each infantryman is provided with firing port and periscope for aiming. Occupants can fire their individual weapons from inside the armored hull.

   The BTR-80A APC is powered by the YaMZ-238M2 diesel engine, developing 240 hp. Vehicle is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a waterjet.




   BTR-80AK command version;

   BTR-80M, Hungarian version with improved sights, radio and NBC protection system. Hungary obtained these armored vehicles in exchange for Russian government debt;

   BTR-80S, armed with externally mounted 14.5-mm heavy machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun;

   BRDM-3 armored reconnaissance vehicle;

   BTR-82, a latest version of the BTR-80A, revealed in 2009. It was developed largely as a complement (and a stop-gap) for a BTR-90, whose development has been long, troubled and expensive. It is similar to the BTR-80A, but has some minor improvements. The BTR-82 is powered by a new KamAZ diesel engine, developing 300 hp. It also has a new transmission and suspension. It has a slightly improved armor protection as well. The BTR-82 is in service with some countries.


Video of the BTR-80A armored personnel carrier