BTR80 APC Amphibious


Product Code: BTR80

The BTR80 was an amphibious armoured personnel carrier (APC) that was used extensively during the Cold War by USSR, in Afganistan and still being used in some countries today to suppress uprisings.

This version is a 28mm (1:56) scale resin model with eight seperate wheels and a turned brass barrel. The front four wheels can be mounted at an angle to represent turning, which adds extra dynascism and realism. The turret is also seperate and can be rotated the whole way round, 360 degrees. There is a high level of detail including gun ports, hatches, exhaust ribs and smoke grenade launchers.

A waterline model is available by contacting us This represent the APC whilst it is swimming, with its upper hull and turret showing only.

In 1984, the Soviets began production of a diesel-engined variant of the BTR-70, which they called the BTR-80. The Soviets have retrofitted some BTR-70s with several of the improvements incorporated into the BTR-80, including the high-angle-of-fire turret. The twin side doors are designed to allow the infantry to disembark while the vehicle is in motion, and allow the infantry inside to exit one one side if the other is receiving fire. The 30mm Cannon variants are capable of engaging most threats effectively besides modern tanks, where they can still cause significant damage to optics, weapons, and important systems. The variants mounting the KVP are not stabilized, so accurate fire on the move is limited (only at low speeds), and the rotation mechanism is manually operated. The gunner sits in a roof mounted chair located above the flat floor behind the driver/commander and two passengers, and before the passenger bench. The gunner's station is basic, but uncharacteristically uncramped for a Soviet armored vehicle. The gunner is equipped with both a day time optical sight and an infra red night sight.

The Soviets modified the truncated cone turret used on the BTR-70 for the BTR-80 by redesigning the mantlet. This allows the 14.5mm KPVT and coaxial 7.62mm PKT machine guns to be elevated to a maximum of 60 degrees. This high angle of fire is useful in engaging targets on steep slopes, in urban fighting, and for engaging low slow flying air targets. The Soviets have also modified the design and positioning of the firing ports; the ports are now round, rather than tear-shaped, and have ball mounts similar to those used on the BMP-1. The forward firing ports now sit in angled recesses which allow infantry to fire from the front of the vehicle.

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A Russian BTR-80 in Zvornik, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1996

The redesigned side doors are split horizontally. The upper portion opens forward; this gives dismounting troops some protection against small arms fire from the front of the vehicle. The lower portion opens down, forming a step. Six smoke grenade projectors are mounted on the rear of the turret.

The BTR-80 can also climb a slope with up to 60% gradient and climb a vertical step of 0.5 m.

The bridge or figures in the photos are not included but are for scale purposes only. The bridge is available seperately.

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