BVP M-80A LT

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BVP M-80A LT

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History and Description

In addition to its fundamental purpose, the BVP M-80A infantry fighting vehicle also served as the platform for many other specialized systems, such as an armored minelayer, command vehicle, armored medical vehicle, and anti-aircraft missile system. Similarly, an anti-tank version was developed. In 1973, Yugoslavia began acquiring Soviet portable 9M14 Malyutka wire-guided anti-tank missiles. Licensed production for 9M14M (MCLOS) and 9M14P1 (SACLOS) variants was later obtained at the “Krušik” factory in Valjevo. In parallel with the development of the BVP M-80A IFV, an idea appeared to create an anti-tank variant by installing a turret with launchers for Malyutka missiles, instead of a turret with a 20 mm autocannon. Development of the revised turret equipped with six launchers for 9M14P1 Malyutka missiles and a system for installation in a modified BVP M-80A hull began in 1977. By 1980, two prototype vehicles were developed at the “Famos” factory in Sarajevo. They were designated as Self-propelled anti-tank launcher 1 (SPOLO-1), as well as BVP M-80A LT (LT stands for tank hunter). The development of this vehicle was eventually suspended, as priority was given to the new 4x4 wheeled combat vehicle (BOV) developed in the “TAM” factory which was cheaper to produce and maintain. The BOV was equipped with the anti-tank turret intended for the BVP M-80A LT and later became the BOV-1 or POLO M-83. During the Yugoslav war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small series of BVP M-80A LT vehicles were constructed by combining BOV-1 turrets with BVP M-80A hulls and were designated as LT M-92 by the Army of the Republika Srpska.

Specifications

  • Essentials
    • Length; 6.42 m
    • Width; 2.90 m
    • Height; unknown
    • Mass; unknown
    • Driver and gunner NVD
    • Crew; 3
  • Protection
    • Armor;
      • Front: protects from 20 mm rounds
      • Sides and rear; protect from 7.62 mm rounds
    • APS; N/A
    • ERA; N/A
    • Smoke; 4x BDK M79 smoke grenades, ESS
  • Mobility
    • Engine; OM-403, 135 kW, 320 hp
    • Power/weight; < 22.1 hp/t
    • Top speed; 65 kph
    • Amphibious; Yes
    • Amphibious speed; 7.8 kph
  • Firepower
    • Main;
      • 9M14 ATGM launcher
        • Stabilizer; No
        • Elevation; -5° / +10°
        • Traverse; 360°
        • Turret rotation speed; unknown
        • Zoom; 8x
        • Ammunition; 8x
        • Belt capacity; 6x
        • Types of missiles
          • 9M14P1 Malyutka (SACLOS)
            • Penetration: 460 mm
            • Speed: 120 m/s
            • Max firing distance: 3000 m
            • Weight; 11 kg
            • Warhead caliber; 120 mm
            • Wire-guided
    • Secondary;
      • 7.62mm PKT M86
        • 1500 rounds total
        • 10 mm pen at 10m
        • 700-800 rpm
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Sources

Borbeno vozilo pesadije  M-80
https://web.archive.org/web/20070216010357/http://naoruzanje.paracin.co.yu/m80.html
Yugoslavian BVP M80 IFV
In Development: BVP M-80A | Armored Warfare - Official Website
https://www.mycity-military.com/
PALUBA - Index

BOOK: Modernizacija i intervencija by Bojan B. Dimitrijević