BVP M-80

The BVP M-80, is a full tracked Yugoslavian made infantry fighting vehicle, produced from the 1980s until the country's collapse in the 1990s.

Country Name Origin Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) 1974
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Yugoslavia (Serbia) View

Early research and development of the M-80 began in 1969, with testing of the first completed prototype in 1974. First examples of the BVP M-80 rolled out in 1979 but full entry to service happened in 1982. An upgraded model was unveiled a year after with a designation M-80A. This variant had a more powerful engine and somewhat better armor. Around 800 vehicles were produced before the breakup of the country.

The first production variant was the M-80 which was only made in small numbers. The vehicle used a French built engine with an output of 260 hp, the same engine as used in AMX-10P. After only a year, Yugoslavia started license production of Daimler-Benz's 320 hp engine in domestic FAMOS factories. This variant received a new designation as M-80A.

At the time it was produced, M-80A had similar characteristics with existing IFVs like Russian BMP-1 or French AMX 10P. Although many foreign experts compare M-80A with Russian BMP-1, the Yugoslav IFV is a true original design. Unlike the BMP-1 which had 6 support wheels and was armed with 73 mm gun, M-80A had 5 support wheels and had 20 mm gun. M-80A incorporates numerous elements from the newer BMP-2 and the French AMX-10P giving it more power and better protection over its counterpart. All M-80As are amphibious and are equipped with twin AT-3 launchers.

It was used extensively during the Yugoslav Wars.


  • M-80 - First production model with 260 hp engine, replaced after 1 year.
  • M-80A - Improved version with 320 hp engine, full production.
  • M-80A1 - Twin 30-mm anti-aircraft cannon, prototype only;
  • M-80A KC - Company commander's vehicle.
  • M-80A KB - Battalion commander's vehicle.
  • M-80A Sn - Medical, no turret. Single oblong hatch in the roof and single rear door. Carries 4 stretcher patients or 6 seated patients.
  • M-80A LT - Tank hunter version with six AT-3 launchers.
  • Sava M-90 - SA-13 Surface-to-air missile launcher, designated Strela-10MJ, prototype.
  • SPAT 30/2 - Self-Propelled Ant-aircraft gun. Made with mounting of two 30mm cannons. The aim-scan gear is J-171 ore Motorola 6800.
  • MOS - Self-propelled mine layer.
  • M-80AK/M-98A - new gun turret with 30mm M86 cannon or 30mm dual feed M89 cannon.

Type Infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin  Yugoslavia
Weight 13,850 kg
Length 6.42 meters
Width 2.90 meters
Height 2.20 meters
Crew 3+7
Armor Aluminum/Aluminum oxide[citation needed]/Titanium boride[citation needed]
20 mm M-55 (HS 804) cannon
400 rounds
9M14 Malyutka (AT-3 Sagger) ATGW
2 Missiles or ATGM launcher
coaxial 7.62 machine-gun 2,000 rounds
Engine Daimler Benz OM-403
320 hp
Power/weight 22.6 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
500 km
Speed 65 km/h on land
8 km/h in water

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