BTR-80 is an 8x8 wheeled armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed in the Soviet Union. Production started in 1986 and replaced the previous versions, BTR-60 and BTR-70 in the Soviet army. (Russian: бронетранспортер, BTR stands for bronetransportyor literally "armoured transporter")
Used by Soviet troops in the Afghan war, and from 1990 is the primary armored personnel carrier of the Armed Forces of Russia and other former Soviet republics and has been used in virtually every major armed conflicts in the former Soviet Union. Actively and shipped for export. In total, as of 2007, BTR-80 is in service with approximately 26 states.