IXO Models IXOAV026 Russian BTR-80 Armored Personnel Carrier - 98 Airborne Division, Kosovo Force (KFOR), Pristina, Serbia, 1999 (1:72 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
The BTR-80 is an 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed by the Soviet Union. Production started in 1986 with the intent to replace two previous versions, the BTR-60 and BTR-70, then in service with the Soviet army.
The Soviets modified the truncated cone turret used on the BTR-70 for the BTR-80 by redesigning the mantlet. This allows the 14.5-mm and coaxial 7.62-mm machine guns to be elevated to a maximum of 60 degrees. This high angle of fire is useful in engaging targets on steep mountainsides, such as those in Afghanistan. It may also give the BTR-80 increased air defense capability. The Soviets have also modified the design and positioning of the firings ports; the ports are now round, rather than tear-shaped, and have ball mounts similar to those used on the BMP. The forward firing ports now sit in angled recesses which allow the individual weapons to fire to the front of the vehicle.
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.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Russian BTR-80 armored personnel carrier that was attached to the 98 Airborne Division, then deployed to Pristina, Serbia, during 1999. Sold Out!
Length: 4-1/4 inches
Width: 1-3/4 inches
Historical Account: "Beyond the Borders" - The Kosovo Force (KFOR) is a NATO-led international force responsible for establishing a safe and secure environment in Kosovo, the self-proclaimed, independent and partially recognized landlocked country in the Balkans, which has been under UN administration since 1999.
KFOR entered Kosovo on June 12th, 1999, under a United Nations mandate, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
At the time of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo was facing a grave humanitarian crisis, with military and paramilitary forces from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in daily engagement. Ethnic tensions were at their highest and the death toll had reached a historic high. Nearly one million people had fled Kosovo as refugees.
Since the establishment of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in 1999, according to some international organizations Kosovo has become a major destination country for women and young girls trafficked into forced prostitution. According to Amnesty International, most of women are trafficked from Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. As of 2007, KFOR consisted of approximately 16,000 troops.
After the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence, the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo said on February 20th, 2008, that he did not plan to step up security in the tense north despite violent attacks by Kosovo Serbs, which forced the temporary closure of two boundary crossings between Kosovo and Serbia.