BTR-80A

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This page is about the Soviet light tank BTR-80A. For the other version, see BTR-80A (Italy).
BTR-80A
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BTR-80A
AB RB SB
7.3 7.3 7.3
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Description

In the post-World War II environment, the Soviet sought to provide their infantry with a method to remain mobile on the battlefield. While armoured units received BMPs to keep the armoured infantry mobile with the tanks, motorizing rifle divisions required a cheaper, more numerous transport to house all the infantry. The BTR series of armoured cars would first be modernized with the 8x8 wheeled BTR-60 in the 1960s, with updates into the BTR-70 and BTR-80 in their respective decades. The BTR-80 was distinguished from the preceding two variants with the usage of a diesel engine and turret modifications that allowed it to elevate the main armament to a high degree to engage in mountainous terrain or urban areas. The BTR-80 would receive an update in the 1990s that added the 30 mm 2A72 autocannon as its main armament in a new turret designated BPPU.

The BTR-80A, introduced in Update "La Royale", follows the trend of a light tank with an autocannon armament that can shred apart medium tanks in ambushes. Unlike its contemporaries like the Wiesel 1A4, the BTR-80A is a rather large vehicle, quite similar to the BMPs. Not to mention the wheeled design can interfere with cross-country mobility so that finding a good place to hide outside of urban terrain can be difficult. As such, finding a suitable hiding place to ambush the enemies with the autocannon can be complicated by the BTR-80A's size and wheeled performance. That said, the 30 mm 2A72 autocannon that is found on the BMP-3 packs a much higher punch with its APDS rounds. This allows the BTR-80A the ability to attack more enemies from a farther away distance with the 30 mm and should be exploited by watching common enemy travel routes from a distance to riddle their side armour to shreds.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull12 / 8 / 6
Turret23 / 23 / 13
Crew3 people
Visibility136 %

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Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Amphibious
The design allows you to swim and control movement in the water
Speedforward / back
AB97 / 14 km/h
RB and SB87 / 12 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight14.6 t
Engine power
AB496 hp
RB and SB260 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.0 hp/t
RB and SB17.8 hp/t

While quite large and somewhat heavier than most other light IFVs such as the Wiesel, the BTR-80A boasts a very high top speed of 87 km/h which can be reached quite quickly on roads and trails. The downside of the 8 wheel design is its poor off-road mobility, however it is still quite nimble even on rough ground. It is very common to see BTR-80s rushing caps due to their high speed; they can capture points quite safely and then reposition to either scout or ambush enemy light/medium armour.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 97 14 14.6 403 496 27.6 33.97
Realistic 87 12 230 260 15.75 17.81

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 793 → 4 390 Sl icon.png
RB3 383 → 5 318 Sl icon.png
SB4 541 → 7 138 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications77 700 Rp icon.png
129 200 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training78 000 Sl icon.png
Experts270 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 160 / 200 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
165 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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370 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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165 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
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370 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
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240 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
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175 Ge icon.png
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30mm_2a72_BTR_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
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30mm_2a72_BTR_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
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370 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
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Cost:
6 900 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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30mm_2a42_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

30 mm 2A72 automatic cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
1.3 → 1.0 s
Fire rate330 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 70°
Main article: 2A72 (30 mm)
30 mm 2A72 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 300 (150) 330 -5°/+70° ±180° - 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 1.30 1.15 1.06 1.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

Ammunition

  • Default: AP-T · HEF-I* · AP-T · HEF-I*
  • 30 mm HEI: HEF-I* · HEF-I* · HEF-I* · AP-T
  • 30 mm APT: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEF-T*
  • 30 mm APDS: APDS · APDS · APDS · APDS · HEF-T*

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEF-I* 8 7 6 5 4 3
AP-T 65 63 53 44 36 29
HEF-T* 9 8 7 5 4 3
APDS 82 81 79 75 72 69
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEF-I* 960 0.39 0.1 0.1 75.46 79° 80° 81°
AP-T 970 0.4 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HEF-T* 960 0.39 0.1 0.1 17.86 79° 80° 81°
APDS 1,120 0.3 - - - 75° 78° 80°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
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3rd
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4th
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5th
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6th
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Machine guns

Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: PKT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,000 (250) 700 - -

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Effective 2A72 30 mm autocannon, the same one used on the BMP-3 and BMD-4
    • APDS is great for fighting against light vehicles and MBTs' sides
  • Fairly mobile and thus very good at flanking
  • Amphibious

Cons:

  • Huge profile
  • Poor survivability due to thin armour, minimal crew number and large size
  • -5° gun depression and slow gun handling
  • Has no stabiliser
  • Relatively low power-to-weight ratio
  • Can be destroyed by most heavy machine guns

History

The BTR-80 armored personnel carrier was developed with experience from using the previous vehicles of the series, BTR-60 and BTR-70, in peacetime and combat operations of the Afghan war. The vehicle received a new 260 hp engine, reinforced armor, improved fire ports for the small arms of the troops inside, as well as other improvements. The main gun of the BTR-80 remained a heavy machine gun, however, due to the low efficiency of machine gun fire against modern lightly armored targets, an improved version of the vehicle with a 30mm 2A72 autocannon appeared in 1993, designated as BTR-80A. Vehicles of the BTR-80 family took part in all major armed conflicts in the territory of the former USSR and a number of other countries. Despite the commissioning of more advanced APCs, the BTR-80A is still in service with the Russian Army to this day.

- From Devblog

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USSR light tanks
T-26  T-26 · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26-4 · T-26E
BT  BT-5 · RBT-5 · BT-7 · BT-7 TD · BT-7M · BT-7A (F-32)
T-50  T-126 · T-50
T-70  T-70 · T-80
PT-76  PT-76B · PT-76-57 · Object 906
BMP  BMP-1 · BMP-2 · BMP-2M · BMP-3
BMD  BMD-4
2S25  2S25 · 2S25M
Wheeled  BA-11 · BTR-80A
Other  T-60 · Object 685 · 2S38
China  ▂Type 62