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Lesson 2

THREAT LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES
IDENTIFICATION and CAPABILITIES

OVERVIEW

LESSON DESCRIPTION:

In this lesson, you will learn to identify various threat light armored vehicles and their capabilities.

TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:

ACTION: Identify threat light armored vehicles, and their capabilities.
CONDITIONS: You will be given information from FM 100-2-3 (CD), Jane's Armour and Artillery 1989-1990, and the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Equipment Handbook, Revision 1.
STANDARDS: Recognize and identify threat light armored vehicles and their capabilities in accordance with FM 100-2-3 (CD), Jane's Armour and Artillery 1989-1990, and the Soviet and Warsaw Pact Equipment Handbook, Revision 1.
REFERENCES: The material contained in this lesson was derived from the following publications:

FM 100-2-3
Jane's Armour and Artillery 1989-1990
Soviet and Warsaw Pact Equipment Handbook, Revision 1.

 

INTRODUCTION

The various threat light armored vehicles have distinctive characteristics, and capabilities. This lesson will discuss the identification characteristics, and capabilities of threat light armored vehicles.

THREAT LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES AND THEIR CAPABILITIES

Threat light armored vehicles are categorized as armored command reconnaissance vehicles (ACRVs), airborne combat vehicles (ACVs), armored personnel carriers (APCs and WAPCs), armored reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), amphibious scout cars (ASCs), infantry combat vehicles (ICVs), infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), mountaineers combat vehicles (MCVs), mechanized infantry combat vehicles (MICVs), multipurpose tracked vehicles (MTVs), Tank Destroyers (TDs), and battlefield surveillance radars.

1. Armored Command Reconnaissance Vehicle (ACRV).

Figure 2-1. Armored Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle (ACRV).

1V12 ACRV. 1V12 is the overall designation of four armored command reconnaissance vehicles: 1V13 (Figure 2-1), 1V14, 1V15, and 1V16. All four use the MT-LB chassis.

a. Variants.

(1) ACRV 1V13. The 1V13 has a 12.7-mm DShK anti-aircraft machine gun mounted atop the turret and a rectangular box projecting from the hull just below the turret. The ACRV 1V13 remains in the battery firing position as the battery fire direction center (FDC) relaying firing data to the SP howitzers.

(2) ACRV 1V14/1V15. The turrets on these two versions are fitted with a laser rangefinder, optical observation devices and associated fire-control equipment. They also have a rectangular box projecting from the hull just below the turret. The ACRV 1V14 and 1V15 serve as battery and battalion commanders' COPs, respectively, and do not remain in the firing position.

(3) ACRV 1V16. The 1V16 may be fitted with a 12.7-mm machine gun while eliminating the rectangular box that projects from the hull just below the turret on the other three versions. The ACRV 1V16 functions as the battalion FDC.

b. Recognition Features. The 1V12s have

  • seven road wheels with no return rollers.
  • high, box-like hulls and a steep glacis at the front.
  • flat, round turrets on the rear half.
  • straight vertical rear hulls with a single exit door.
  • three or four antennas on the top of the hull.

c. Vehicle Characteristics. The 1V12s are deployed in self-propelled (SP) howitzer battalions as fire direction centers (FDCs) and collocate with the maneuver unit commander. The 1V12s high degree of mobility, allows SP howitzers to operate closer to the forward line of troops. The 1V12s communications and fire direction equipment are mainly concerned with identifying targets of opportunity. Specifications that apply to the 1V12 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

ACRV 1V12 Measurements

Crew,5.
Weight, 11,000 kg.
Length without gun, 7.06 meters.
Width overall, 2.81 meters.
Height overall, 2.43 meters.
Ground clearance, 395 to 414 mm.
Fuel capacity, 450 liters.
Road range, 500 km.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.

ARCV 1V12 Armor

Hull
15 mm
Turret
20 mm.

d. Vehicle Capabilities. The ACRV 1V12 can

  • cross a 2.70-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.70-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 35-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

e. Armament Characteristics. The 12.7-mm machine guns on the 1V13 and 1V16 have a maximum rate of fire of 540 to 600 rds/min.

f. Countries Served. 1V12s are in service with the Soviet Union.

2. Airborne Combat Vehicle (ACV).

Figure 2-2. BMD--Airborne Combat Vehicle (ACV).

BMD (Basic Version) (Figure 2-2). Since 1973, the BMD has replaced the airborne assault gun ASU-57 in the Soviet airborne forces, substantially increasing the firepower and maneuverability of the airborne division. Originally thought to be a light tank, the BMD may more properly be considered the airborne equivalent of the BMP infantry combat vehicle. Although, it superficially resembles the BMP, it is considerably smaller and except for the turret and main armament, is an entirely new design. Excluding the ASU-57, the BMD is the lightest tracked combat vehicle in the Soviet Army. The BMD is used in Soviet airborne divisions as an infantry combat vehicle

a. Variants. A number of BMD variants are presented in the following paragraphs:

(1) BMD-2(M-1979/1). This is a multi-purpose armored transporter, which may be used as a personnel carrier, a prime mover for support weapons, a maintenance support vehicle, or a security or route-control vehicle. It has the addition of one road wheel and one support roller per side. The BMD turret and its integral armaments have been removed and replaced by a low, flat superstructure. There are at least two firing ports per side and the bow machine guns have been retained.

(2) BMD-2KSh9(M-1979/3). This is a command vehicle that is fitted with folding clothes rail antenna masts.

(3) BMD M-1981/1. This version has a chassis from the basic version and a two-man turret mounting the same armament as the BMP-2, a 30-mm automatic cannon. It probably also mounts AT4/SPIGOT or AT-5/SPANDREL ATGMs.

(4) BMD M-1981 2S9/120-mm Self-propelled Howitzer.

(5) BMD 82-mm Mortar Carrier. This version is used only in Afghanistan.

b. Recognition Features. The BMD has

  • five road wheels and four return rollers (BMD-1).
  • six road wheels and four return rollers (BMD-2).
  • no rear exit doors.
  • a BMP-type turret set forward on the hull.
  • a driver's hatch and vision blocks centered below the main gun.
  • an additional hatch on each side of the driver.
  • a troop compartment that has an overhead armor cover and only one firing port on each side and one in the rear for personnel weapons firing.
  • a boat-shaped hull with smooth front deck and flat rear deck.
  • two waterjets in the rear.
  • a prominent cut-away in the rear deck housing.
  • a rear-mounted engine.
  • a hydropneumatic suspension with variable height capability.

c. Vehicle Characteristics. Characteristics and specifications that apply to the BMD are presented in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BMD Measurements

Crew, 3
Passengers, 4
Combat weight, 7.5 metric tons.
Length, 5.41 meters.
Width, 2.53 meters.
Height, 100-450mm.
Ground clearance, 0.1 to 0.45 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 300 liters.
Maximum road range, 320 km

BMD Armor

Hull
15 mm
Turret
23 mm.

d. Vehicle capabilities. The BMD can

  • cross a 1.60-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.80-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 32-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

e. Armament Characteristics. The BMD has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(1) Main Armament. The BMDs main armament consists of one turret-mounted smoothbore 73-mm cannon and one turret-mounted 30-mm automatic cannon. The rate of fire in rds/min for the 73mm cannon is eight and for the 30-mm cannon is 350 to 550.

(2) Secondary Armament. The BMDs secondary armament consists of one 7.62-mm PKT coaxially-mounted machine gun. Two bow mounted machine guns are fitted on model M-1979/1. The practical rate of fire for these weapons is 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 to 3,000 rounds.

(3) Supplemental. The BMDs supplemental armament consists of two ATGM missiles, a model AT-3 SAGGER and a AT-5 SPANDREL, both of which fire HEAT type warheads. The AT-3 is launched by rails and the AT-5 is launched by tubes. The ammunition load for the AT-3 is four missiles. The ammunition load for the AT-5 is not available.

f. Country Served. The BMD is in service with the Soviet Union.

3. Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs).

Figure 2-3. BTR-50P (APC).

a. BTR-50P (Figure 2-3). The BTR-50P is the basic APC version with an open troop compartment.

(1) Variants. A number of BTR-50 variants are presented in the following subparagraphs:

(a) BTR-50PA. This version has a 14.5-mm KPVT open-mounted heavy machine gun with a practical rate of fire of 150 rds/min and a load of 500 rounds. This BTR has no loading ramps.

(b) BTR-50PK. The BTR-50PK has a 12.7-mm DShK 38/46 open-mounted machine gun with a practical rate of fire of 80 to 100 rds/min and a load of 750 rounds. It also has overhead armor for the troop compartment and an NBC protection system.

(c) BTR-50PU Model 2. This is the BTR command version.

(d) MTP Technical Support Vehicle. This version has a raised workshop compartment.

(e) MTK aka UR-67. This is a mine-clearing version.

(2) Recognition Features. The BTR-50P has

  • six road wheels and no return rollers.
  • a boat-type hull with vertical sides.
  • a lowered rear deck.
  • two waterjets and covers at the rear.
  • a tower-type cupola on the left front.
  • a drivers hatch in the front center.
  • the same chassis as the PT-76.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. Specifications that apply to the BTR-50P are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-50P Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 20.
Combat weight, 14.2 metric tons.
Length,7.32 meters.
Width, 3.14 meters.
Height,1.85 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.33 meters.
Maximum road speed, 45 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 400 liters.
Maximum road range, 240 km.

BTR-50P Armor

Hull
10 mm.
Turret
N/A.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-50P can

  • cross a 2.80-meter trench.
  • mount a 1.10-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 38-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-50P has one layer of armament: a 12.7-mm open-mounted machine gun with a practical rate of fire of 80 to 100 rds/min and a load of 750 rounds.

(6) Country Served. The BTR-50P is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Bulgaria
Congo
Cyprus

Czechoslovakia
Egypt
Finland
Germany, (East)
India
Iran
Iraq

Israel
Libya
Morocco
North Korea
Poland
Romania
Somalia

Sudan
Syria
Soviet Union
Vietnam
Yugoslavia

Figure 2-4. BTR-60P (Soviet).

b. BTR-60P (Soviet) (Figure 2-4). The BTR-60P and its variants are normally used by the Soviet Motorized Rifle Divisions. In recent years, however, a number of Motorized Rifle Divisions have had their BTR-60Ps replaced by the better armed BMP-1 ICVs. The BTR-60P is used by the Soviet Naval Infantry as its standard APC. It is not used by Czechoslovakian or Polish motor rifle units, though Czechoslovakia may use specialized versions of the BTR-60.

(1) Variants. The following variants summarize some of the key distinguishing features:

(a) BTR-60P Maintenance Assistance. These BTR-60Ps have been converted for maintenance roles and have a raised tarpaulin covering the troop compartment.

(b) BTR-60PA. This version has overhead armor protection for the troop compartment. The commander's and driver's positions are identical to those on the original BTR-60P except that the driver has a roof-mounted periscope and both have a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear.

Behind the commander's and driver's hatches is a single rear-opening rectangular hatch, in front of which is mounted a 7.62-mm SGMB or PKB machine gun. Many of these vehicles also have a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted on each side of this hatch cover.

A right-opening hatch cover is provided in the roof of the personnel compartment towards the rear on the right side. Three firing ports are provided on each side of the hull. No entry doors are provided on the hull sides.

A command version of the BTR-60PA is also in service with a roofmounted generator, 10-meter high radio antenna and a rail antenna running along the front, left side and rear of the hull.

(c) BTR-60PB. This version of the BTR-60P will be covered later in this lesson.

(d) BTR-60PU Command Vehicle. This is a BTR-60P fitted with bows, a tarpaulin cover and internal seats for the command staff, mapboards and additional communications equipment.

(e) BTR-60-60PU-12 Command Vehicle. This version is essentially a BTR-60PA with a large stowage box on the right side rear hull. A box, which may house a generator to power the additional communications equipment, is mounted on the roof. To the immediate rear of the commander's roof hatch is a telescopic mast. The BTR-60PU-12 operates with air defense units.

(f) BTR-60MS Radio Vehicle. This BTR is equipped with a radio and a telescopic antenna.

(g) BTR-60 Twin 30-mm SPAAG. This is a Cuban Army version that uses a Czechoslovakian twin 30-mm towed antiaircraft gun system mounted in an open mount on top of the vehicle.

(2) Recognition Features. The BTR-60P has

  • a torsion bar suspension with the first and second road wheels on each side provided with two hydraulic shock absorbers. The third and fourth road wheels are provided with a single hydraulic shock absorber.
  • a vision block to the left of the driver and right of the commander.
  • a windscreen to the front of the driver and commander that is covered by a hinged flap during action.
  • an infrared searchlight above the windscreen.
  • two half doors and three firing ports in each side of the hull. The firing ports fire forward only, not to the side.
  • a two-part circular plate that covers the water jet exit when the water jet is not in use.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before the vehicle enters the water. The trim vane is stowed flat under the nose of the vehicle when not required.
  • a front-mounted winch.
  • foot steps between the wheels.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BTR-60P is a fully amphibious vehicle that is propelled through the water by a water jet mounted at the rear of the hull. The vehicle has an allwelded hull with the driver and commander seated at the front and an open-topped personnel compartment behind them. The engine compartment is at the rear. The driver sits on the left with the vehicle commander to his right. Specifications for the BTR-60P is provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-60P Measurements

Crew, 2.
Normal passenger load, 12.
Maximum passenger load, 16.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 9980 kg.
Length,7.56 meters.
Width, 2.825 meters.
Height to turret top, N/A.
Height to hull top, 2.055 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.475 meters.
Track, 2.37 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 290 liters.
Maximum road range, 500 km.

BTR-60P Armor

Hull front upper, 7 mm.
Hull front lower, 9 mm.
Hull side upper, 7 mm.
Hull side lower, 7 mm.
Hull rear upper, 5 mm.
Hull rear lower, 7 mm.
Hull top, 7 mm.
Hull belly front, 5 mm.
Hull belly rear, 5 mm.
Turret front, N/A.
Turret sides, N/A.
Turret rear, N/A.
Turret top, N/A.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-60P can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-60P has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. The BTR-60P has a 7.62-mm SGMB or PKB machine gun mounted forward on the hull. Some vehicles have the heavier 12.7-mm DShKM machine gun at this position.

(b) Secondary Armament. Mounts for 7.62-mm machine guns are fitted on each side of the BTR-60P's hull.

(6) Countries Served. The BTR-60P is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Botswana
Bulgaria
China
Congo
Cuba
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Finland
Germany, (East)
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
India
Iran
Iraq
Kampuchea
Korea, North
Libya
Mali
Mongolia
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Romania
Somalia
Syria
Soviet Union
Vietnam
Yemen, North
Yemen, South
Yugoslavia
Zambia

Figure 2-5. Soviet BTR-60PB APC.

c. BTR-60PB (Soviet) (Figure 2-5). The BTR-60PB is a variant of the BTR-60P and is essentially the BTR-60PA fitted with a machine gun turret and other modifications.

(1) Variants.

(a) BTR-60PB Forward Air Control Vehicle. This version is essentially the BTR-60PB with the armament removed. The resulting turret port is covered by a plexiglass observation window. A generator is also mounted on the top of the hull at the rear to power additional communications equipment.

(b) Artillery Command and Observation Post Vehicle. This version is used by the (East) German Army.

(2) Recognition Features.The BTR-60PB has

  • roof-mounted periscopes for observation to the front and sides of the vehicle in place of the vision blocks immediately in front of the commander and driver.
  • a turret that is identical to that fitted to the Soviet BRDM-2 amphibious scout car (ASC) and the Czechoslovakian OT-64 armored personnel carrier (APC), discussed in a later section.
  • a single-piece left-opening hatch cover to the rear of the turret on the right side. To the left rear of this is a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the right.
  • a single door that opens forwards and two or three firing ports, that only fire forward 60 degrees, and vision blocks in each side of the hull.
  • high hull mounted exhausts mounted on both sides. o a large hydro-jet cover mounted at the rear.
  • horizontal climbing handles on the sides.
  • foot steps between the wheels on both sides.
  • a fording plate mounted below the bow.
  • a covered troop compartment.
  • two square hatches on the top rear.
  • well-sloped armor.

Late production BTR-60PBs have the same sighting improvement as the BTR-70 (discussed in the following section), which consists of a small additional periscopic sight on the turret roof,

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BTR-60PB is a fully amphibious vehicle that is propelled through the water by a water jet mounted at the rear of the hull. The vehicle has an allwelded hull with the driver and commander seated at the front, personnel compartment behind them and the engine compartment at the rear. The driver sits on the left with the vehicle commander to his right. The BTR-60PB has a filtration and overpressurization system for NBC protection. Specifications for the BTR-PB are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-60PB Measurements

Crew, 3.
Normal passenger load, 6.
Maximum passenger load, 8.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 10,300 kg.
Length,7.56 meters.
Width, 2.825 meters.
Height to turret top, 2.31 meters.
Height to hull top, 2.055 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.475 meters.
Track, 2.37 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 290 liters.
Maximum road range, 500 km.

BTR-60PB Armor

Hull front upper, 7 mm.
Hull front lower, 9 mm.
Hull side upper, 7 mm.
Hull side lower, 7 mm.
Hull rear upper, 5 mm.
Hull rear lower, 7 mm.
Hull top, 7 mm.
Hull belly front, 5 mm.
Hull belly rear, 5 mm.
Turret front, 7 mm.
Turret sides, 7 mm.
Turret rear, 7 mm.
Turret top, 7 mm.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-60PB can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-60PB has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. BTR-60PB main armament is a 14.5-mm KPVT heavy machine gun mounted in the forward part of the vehicle. The practical rate of fire for this weapon is 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament on the BTR-60PB is a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun mounted coaxially to the right with the telescopic sight mounted coaxially to the left. A practical rate of fire for the 7.62-mm gun is 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The BTR-60PB is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Botswana
Bulgaria
China
Congo
Cuba
Djibouti
Ethiopia
Finland
Germany, (East)
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
India
Iran
Iraq
Kampuchea
Korea, North
Libya
Mali
Mongolia
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Romania
Somalia
Syria
Soviet Union
Vietnam
Yemen, North
Yemen, South
Yugoslavia
Zambia

Figure 2-6. Soviet BTR-70 APC.

d. BTR-70 (Soviet) (Figure 2-6). The BTR-70s overall shape is similar to the BTR-60 series APC.

(1) Variants. A number of BTR-70 variants are presented in the following subparagraphs.

(a) BTR-70 with BTR-80 Turret. A number of BTR-70 APCs have been observed fitted with the turret of the more recent BTR-80, which is discussed in the next section. Besides the turret change, additional firing ports have been installed in the very top of each side of the troop compartment between the hull sides and the roof.

(b) BTR-70 with AGS-17. A number of these versions have been observed in Afghanistan fitted with the pintel-mounted 30-mm AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher on the roof to the rear of the driver and commander. The machine gun turrets on these vehicles are retained.

(c) BTR-70MS. A turretless communications vehicle.

(d) BTR-70 KShM. A command/staff vehicle.

(e) BREM (Armored Repair and Recovery Vehicle). A BTR-70 fitted with a bow-mounted jib crane and no turret.

(2) Recognition Features.The BTR-70 has

  • an overall shape similar to the BTR-60 series.
  • three forward-facing periscopes and one sidefacing periscope for observation to the front and sides for both the commander and driver.
  • a turret identical to that fitted to the BTR-60PB and the BRDM-2 amphibious scout car.
  • a commander's single-piece front-opening hatch cover and a driver's single-piece rear-opening hatch cover.
  • two front windows, one for the commander and one for the driver, which are covered in combat by an armored hatch cover hinged at the top.
  • three firing ports and one vision block in each side the troop compartment to the rear.
  • two square roof hatches over the top of the troop compartment, each with a circular firing port.
  • a prominent gap between the second and third wheels.
  • cigar-shaped exhaust pipes mounted high on the rear of the hull that run down each side towards the rear.
  • a single-piece rear-mounted hydro-jet cover.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water and stowed on the top of the hull when travelling. On the BTR-60 series the trim vane is carried under the nose of the vehicle.
  • split rim wheels.
  • two foot steps on each side, between the first and second and third and fourth wheels and two small half doors, one on each side, that open forward between the second and third wheels
  • a low-silhouette stretched body.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BTR-70 is a fully amphibious vehicle that is propelled through the water by a single water jet at the rear of the hull. The vehicle has an all-welded hull with improved protection over its frontal arc, as compared to the original BTR-60 series. The nose is also wider and the front of the vehicle provides added protection to the front wheels. The commander and driver are seated at the front with the commander on the right and the driver on the left. The troop compartment is to the rear of the turret and the engine compartment is at the rear of the vehicle. The BTR-70 has a filtration and overpressurization system for NBC protection. Specifications for the BTR-70 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-70 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 11,500 kg.
Length, 7.535 meters.
Width,2.8 meters.
Height to turret top, 2.235 meters.
Height to top of sight, 2.32 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.475 meters.
Track, 2.38 meters.
Wheelbase, 4.4 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 350 liters (estimated).
Maximum road range with external fuel tanks, 600 km.

BTR-70 Armor

Hull
10 mm
Turret
7 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-70 can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.5-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-70 has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. BTR-70 main armament is a 14.5-mm KPVT heavy machine gun mounted in the forward part of the vehicle. The practical rate of fire for the 14.5-mm gun is 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament on the BTR-60PB is a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun mounted coaxially to the right with the telescopic sight mounted coaxially to the left. A practical rate of fire for the 7.62-mm gun is 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The BTR-70 is in service with (East) Germany and the Soviet Union and may be licensed for production in Romania as the TAB-77.

Figure 2-7. Soviet BTR-80 APC.

e. BTR-80 (Soviet) (Figure 2-7). BTR-80 overall shape is similar to the BTR-60 and BTR-70 series APCs.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features.In addition to the similar features between the BTR-60 and BTR-70 series, the BTR-80 has

  • a new hatch arrangement between the second and third wheels, the upper half opens to the front and the lower half opens downward to form a ramp. This configuration gives dismounting troops some protection against small arms fire from the front of the vehicle.
  • six forward-firing electrically-operated smoke dischargers mounted on the rear of the turret.
  • a turret-mounted machine gun that can now fire to an elevation of +60 degrees instead of +30 degrees as with the earlier model BTRs (developed for mountain fighting and ADA).
  • three redesigned and repositioned round-shaped firing ports on each side of the hull that are angled obliquely to enable the troops to fire forward.
  • two upper hatches on the troop compartment have two firing ports for engaging high targets.
  • two water jets fitted at the rear of the hull.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BTR-80 is a fully amphibious vehicle and shares similar characteristics with both the BTR-60 and BTR-70 series APCs including a filtration and overpressurization system for NBC protection. Specifications for the BTR-80 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-80 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 9.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 11,000 kg.
Length, 7.535 meters.
Width,2.8 meters.
Height to turret top, 2.235 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 to 85 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 290 liters
Maximum road range, 500 km.

BTR-80 Armor

Hull
25 mm
Turret
7 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-80 can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 30-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-80 has two layers of armament: main and secondary. The new elevation modification increases the antiaircraft capability and is useful in engaging targets on steep mountainsides.

(a) Main Armament. BTR-80 main armament is a 14.5mm KPVT heavy machine gun mounted in the forward part of the vehicle. The practical rate of fire for this weapon is 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament on the BTR-80 is a7.62-mm PKT coaxially-mounted machine gun. A practical rate of fire for this weapon is 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The BTR-80 is in service with the Soviet Union.

Figure 2-8. Soviet BTR-152 APC.

f. BTR-152 (Soviet) (Figure 2-8). The basic BTR-152 has no winch, open top and no tire pressure control lines.

(1) Variants. A number of BTR-152 variants are discussed below.

(a) BTR-152V1. This version has a winch, open top and external tire pressure control lines.

(b) BTR-152V2. This version has internal tire pressure control lines and no winch.

(c) BTR-152V3. This version has a winch on the front, open top, infrared driving lights and internal tire pressure control lines.

(d) BTR-152K. This is a BTR-152V2 with full overhead cover.

(e) BTR-152U. This is a command vehicle with a significantly higher full cover roof. This vehicle normally tows a trailer carrying additional equipment.

(f) BTR-152A. This is a anti-aircraft version with a twin 14.5-mm KPV heavy machine gun in a manually operated turret.

(g) BTR-152 w/Quad 12.7-mm M53 Machine Gun. This version is in Egyptian use only.

(h) BTR-152 w/Twin 23-mm (ZU-23) Anti-aircraft Gun. This version is used by the PLO.

(2) Recognition Features.The basic BTR-152 has

  • a typical truck-like appearance.
  • a box-like troop compartment with angled sides.
  • top hinged protective hatches for the front windows.
  • three firing ports on each side of the troop compartment.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BTR-152 is a nonamphibious vehicle that has an improved (6 x 6) truck chassis and an all-welded steel hull. The troop compartment is to the rear of the cab and the engine is in front. Specifications for the BTR-152 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BTR-152 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passenger load, 17 to 18.
Configuration, 6 x 6.
Combat weight, 8,950 kg.
Length,6.83 meters.
Width, 2.32 meters.
Height, 2.04 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.30 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 300 liters.
Maximum road range, 780 km.

Hull Armor Thickness
14-mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BTR-152 can

  • cross a 0.80-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.60-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 30-percent grade.
  • ford 0.80 meters.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BTR-152A twin 14.5-mm guns have a practical rate of fire of 150 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds. Models mounting the 12.7- and 7.62-mm guns have a practical rate of fire in rds/min of 80 to 100 for the 12.7-mm gun and 200 to 250 for the7.62-mm gun. Basic load for the 12.7-mm gun is 500 and for the7.62-mm gun, 2,000 to 3,000.

(6) Countries Served. The BTR-152 is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Bulgaria
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Congo
Cuba
Egypt
Ethiopia
Germany, (East)
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
Laos
Korea, North
Mali
Mongolia
Mozambique
Poland
Romania
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syria
Tanzania
Uganda
Soviet Union
Vietnam
Yemen, North
Yemen, South
Yugoslavia
Zimbabwe

Figure 2-9. Yugoslavian M-60P APC.

g. M-60P (Yugoslavian) (Figure 2-9). The M-60P is similar to the Western armored personnel carriers such as the American M59, M113 and the British FV432.

(1) M-60PB Anti-tank Variant. Mounted on top of the M60PBs hull, on the left side, are two 82-mm recoilless rifles on arotating mount. The M-60PB has also been observed with the recoilless rifles mounted on the top right side of the hull. The gunner has a single-piece hatch cover that opens forward and a suspended seat that moves with the rifles. To the right of the mount is a hatch for the loader. The recoilless rifles have a rate of fire of four to five rds/min.

(2) Recognition Features. The M-60P has

  • torsion bar suspension that consists of five single rubber-tired road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front and the idler at the rear, and three track return rollers.
  • the running gear outside of the hull armor and its top part is covered by a light sheet metal guard.
  • a single-piece rear-opening driver's hatch cover with an integral periscope that can be replaced by an infrared periscope for driving at night.
  • a co-driver's hatch cover with an integral periscope that opens to the rear.
  • a single-piece commander's hatch cover.
  • a machine gunner's cupola that can be traversed 360 degrees. The cupola has a two-piece hatch cover that opens to each side of the machine gunner for protection.
  • twin entry/exit doors at the rear of the hull.
  • hatches in the roof of the troop compartment.
  • three observation ports in each side of the hull and one in each of the rear doors.
  • a spare road wheel on the rear left side of the hull and a jerry can on the rear right side of the hull.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The M-60P is a nonamphibious vehicle with an all-welded steel hull that provides protection from small arms fire. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle on the left side and the co-driver sits on the right side. The co-driver also operates the bow-mounted machine gun. The commander sits to the rear of the driver and the gunner sits to the rear of the co-driver. Specifications for the M-60P are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

M-60P Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 10.
Combat weight, 11,000 kg.
Length, 5.02 meters.
Width,2./7 meters.
Height without armament, 1.86 meters.
Height with armament, 2.385 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.
Track, 2.385 meters.
Track width, 400 mm.
Length of track on ground, 2.94 meters.
Maximum road speed, 45 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 150 liters
Maximum road range, 400 km.
Maximum off-road range, 250 km.

M-60P Armor

Maximum
25 mm
Minimum
10 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The M-60P can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.6-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent grade.
  • ford 1.35 meters in still water.
  • ford 1.25 meters in running water.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The M-60P has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. The M-60P has a 12.7-mm M2 HB anti-aircraft machine gun that can be moved from the cupola to a tripod that is carried on the right side for a ground fire role.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament on the M-60P is a7.92-mm machine gun mounted in the bow.

(6) Countries Served. The M-60P is in service with Yugoslavia.

Figure 2-10. Czechoslovakian/Polish OT-62 APC (TOPAS).

h. OT-62 (TOPAS) (Czechoslovakia and Poland) (Figure 2-10). The OT-62 is a tracked amphibious vehicle that was jointly developed and used by Czechoslovakia and Poland. It is equivalent to the Soviet BTR-50PK APC and in appearance is almost identical to the BTR-50PU model 2 command vehicle with some significant differences. These differences include higher road and water speeds, a fully enclosed troop compartment and in some versions, fully-enclosed armament installations rather than simple pintle-mounted machine guns. TOPAS is the official designation of this armored personnel carrier with the designation "OT-62" often being used in the West. The Western term "OT-62" will be used principally in this lesson.

(1) Variants. The OT-62A is the basic version of the OT-62 series APCs and has no fixed armament. Some variants include a command vehicle, armored ambulance and light armored recovery vehicle (TOPAS-WPT). Other OT-62 variants are discussed below.

(a) OT-62B (TOPAS-2A). This version is used only by Czechoslovakia and has a mini-turret on the right front of the vehicle, which mounts a 82-mm recoilless gun externally and 7.62mm machine gun internally. Maximum rate of fire in rds/min for the 82-mm gun is one plus, depending upon the availability of an outside loader. Basic load for the 82-mm gun is 5 to 10 rounds.

(b) OT-62C (TOPAS-2AP). This version has a turret similar to the Soviet BTR-60PB. Main armament is a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun mounted in the turret over the troop compartment. Secondary armament is a coaxially-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun. A practical rate of fire for the 14.5-mm gun is 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds. A practical rate of fire for the 7.62mm gun is 200 rds/min with a basic load of 1,000 to 2,000 rounds. This version and the modified OT-62C version below are used only by the Polish Armed Forces within the Warsaw Pact.

(c) OT-62C Modified (TOPAS-2AP). This version carries two 82-mm mortars and their crews. The mortars have a rate of fire of 25 rds/min with a load of 50 to 100 rounds.

(2) Recognition Features.The OT-62 has

  • six road wheels, no return rollers and a torsion bar suspension.
  • a wedge-shaped front and a lowered rear.
  • an enlarged bay on the right side of the crew compartment.
  • entry/exit doors on both sides of the troop compartment.
  • a commander's cupola with a periscope mounted in the forward part and a hatch cover that opens forward and can be locked vertically.
  • three commander's periscopes mounted in the front part of the left projecting bay.
  • a driver's single-piece hatch cover in front of the vehicle that opens upward and has an integral vision block.
  • three periscopes below the driver's hatch cover.
  • three observation periscopes in the right projecting bay.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The OT-62 is a fully amphibious vehicle that is propelled through the water by canted twin water jets in the rear. The hull is all-welded construction with the crew compartment at the front, troop compartment at the center and the engine at the rear. The commander is seated at the front of the vehicle in the left projecting bay with the driver seated to the right of the commander. Specifications for the OT62 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

OT-62 Measurements

Crew, 2 (plus a gunner in turreted versions).
Passengers, 18 to 20.
Combat weight, 15,000 kg.
Length, 7.10 meters.
Width,3.14 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.41 meters.
Maximum speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 400 liters.
Maximum range, 400 km.

OT-62 Armor

Hull
14 mm
Turret
7 mm (OT-62B and OT-62C)

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The OT-62 can

  • cross a 2.8-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.9-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 38-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. Armament between OT-62 versions vary and are discussed in paragraph (1) above.

(6) Countries Served. Czechoslovakia and Poland.

Figure 2-11. Czechoslovakian OT-64C(1) (SKOT).

i. OT-64C(1) (SKOT) (Czechoslovakian and Polish) (Figure 2-11). Jointly developed and used by Czechoslovakia and Poland in place of the similar Soviet BTR-60 (8 x 8) APC, the OT-64 (SKOT) is the official designation of this armored personnel carrier with the designation "OT-64" often being used in the West. Although a variant of the basic OT-64, the OT-64C(1) will be discussed in this lesson as the principle OT-64 APC.

(1) Variants. A number of OT-64 variants are presented in the following subparagraphs:

(a) OT-64A (SKOT). The basic member of the OT-64 series of vehicles, the OT-64As used by Czechoslovakia are unarmed while those used by Poland are fitted on both sides with open pintle mounts for 7.62-mm machine guns. Five hatches are fitted over the troop compartment, two open to the left of the vehicle, two open to the right of the vehicle and the center one opens forward. The five hatches can be locked vertical. Some OT-64As have been observed with two Sagger ATGWs mounted over the top of the troop compartment. Four Sagger ATGWs are carried.

(b) OT-64B (SKOT-2). This model has been used only by Poland and has a pintle-mounted 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. The gun has a shield that gives front and side protection to the gunner, but has an open top and open rear. The OT-64B has three hatches over the troop compartment: one opens forward and the other two open to each side.

(c) OT-64C(1) (SKOT-2A). This is the version principally discussed in this lesson.

(d) OT-64C(1) with OT-64B Turret. This version is used by Morocco with the original turret replaced by the same turret as installed on the OT-62B full-tracked APC.

(e) OT-64C(2) (SKOT-2AP). This version is used only by Poland and is similar to the OT-64C(1) except that it has a new turret with a curved top. It is armed with a 14.5-mm KPVT machine gun with a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun mounted to the right of the main armament and the sight to the left. The weapons have an increased elevation capability, which allows them to be used against aircraft. Some vehicles have been observed with a single Sagger ATGW mounted on each side of the turret. The turret on this model is also installed on the OT-62C tracked APC.

(f) OT-64 Command Vehicles (R-2 and R-3). These two command models of the OT-64 have additional communications equipment and radio antennas.

(g) OT-64 Recovery Vehicle (SKOT-WPT). A recovery vehicle based on the OT-64 is known to be in service with Poland. This is armed with a 7.62-mm PKT machine gun and is provided with a light crane for changing components in the field.

(2) Recognition Features.The OT-64C (1) has

  • an 8 x 8 chassis with space in middle of vehicle between the second and third axles.
  • a wedge-shaped front and flat rear.
  • a one-man centrally-mounted turret similar to those fitted to the Soviet BRDM-2 (4 x 4) reconnaissance vehicle, discussed later in this lesson, and the BTR-60PB, discussed previously.
  • a single-piece rear-opening door on each side beside the commander and driver.
  • a driver's single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear and three periscopes for vision to his front and sides.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover that opens forward with a periscope in the forward part which can be traversed through 360 degrees.
  • a searchlight mounted to the roof between the driver's and commander's positions.
  • air inlets and outlets for the engine on top of the hull and exhaust pipes on each side of the hull.
  • the turret mounted on an eight-sided plinth (lower turret platform) for weapon depression.
  • two troop entry/exit doors in the rear of the hull, each with a firing port.
  • four roof hatches that are hinged on the outside and can be locked vertically, each with a firing port.
  • two firing ports in each side of the troop compartment.
  • a trim vane that is erected on the front of the vehicle before entering the water and stowed on the glacis plate when travelling.
  • a winch mounted at the front of the hull.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The OT-64C(1) is a fully amphibious vehicle that is propelled through the water by two propellers mounted at the rear of the hull. The vehicle has an all-welded steel hull with the crew compartment at the very front, engine immediately behind and the troop compartment at the very rear. The vehicle is steered by the front four wheels. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the left side with the commander to the driver's right. Specifications for the SKOT OT-64C(1) are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

OT-64C(1) Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 15.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 14,500 kg.
Length, 7.44 meters.
Width,2.55 meters.
Height to turret top, 2.71 meters.
Height to top of hull, 2.06 meters.
Firing height, 2.5 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.46 meters.
Track, 1.86 meters.
Wheelbase, 1.3 + 2.15 + 1.3 meters.
Maximum road speed, 94 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 9 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 320 liters (estimated).
Maximum road range, 710 km.

OT-64C(1) Armor

Hull
10 mm
Turret
14 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The OT-64C(1) can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.5-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 30-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The OT-64C(1) has two layers of armament: main and secondary. Some models have been observed with a single Sagger ATGW mounted on each side of the turret with lateral armor protection.

(a) Main Armament. OT-64C(1) main armament is a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun mounted in the forward part of the vehicle. The practical rate of fire for this gun is 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. OT-64C(1) secondary armament is a 7.62-mm gun mounted coaxially to the right of the main armament with the telescopic sight to the left. A practical rate of fire for this weapon is 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The OT-64CA(1) is in service with the following countries.

Czechoslovakia
Hungary
India
Iraq
Libya
Morocco
Poland
Sudan
Syria
Uganda

Figure 2-12. Romanian TAB-72 APC.

j. TAB-71/TAB-72/TAB-77 (Romanian) (Figure 2-12). The TAB series APCs are similar to some of the BTR-60 and BTR-70 series APCs discussed previously and will not be discussed in detail in this lesson.

(1) TAB-73 82-mm Mortar Carrier Variant. This is the only known variant of the TAB series APCs and is essentially a TAB-72 with its turret removed and modifications made to the troop compartment to allow the 82-mm mortar to be raised when the roof hatches are swung open. Between 50 and 100 mortars bombs are carried onboard the TAB-73.

(2) Recognition Features. The TAB-71 is very similar to the Soviet original open-topped BTR-60 version. The TAB-71 is not believed to have been built in large numbers and it was soon followed by the TAB-72. The TAB-72 is almost identical to the Soviet BTR-60PB with a slightly different turret, an increased elevation for the 14.5-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns and a distinct gun sight on the left side of the turret. The TAB-72 was succeeded by the TAB-77, which is a copy of the Soviet BTR-70 with the only known difference being an AT-3 Sagger ATGW mounted on each side of the turret. There is also believed to be a 4 x 4 version of the TAB series APC, called the TAB-C, with a much shorter hull for use in a reconnaissance role. The TAB-72 APC will be the TAB version principally discussed in this lesson.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The TAB-72 APC is an amphibious vehicle with an all-welded steel hull. Specifications for the TAB-72 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

TAB-72 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Configuration, 8 x 8.
Combat weight, 11,000 kg.
Length, 7.22 meters.
Width,2.83 meters.
Height, 2.7 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.47 meters.
Wheelbase, 4.21 meters.
Maximum road speed, 95 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 290 liters
Maximum road range, 500 km.

TAB-72 Armor

Hull (maximum)
9 mm
Turret (maximum)
7 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The TAB-72 can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The TAB-72 has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. TAB-72 main armament is a 14.5mm KPVT turret-mounted heavy machine gun with a practical rate of fire of 150 rds/min with a basic ammunition load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. TAB-72 secondary armament is a 7.92-mm machine gun with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The TAB series APCs are in service with Romania and Yugoslavia.

Figure 2-13. Chinese Type 77-2 APC.

k. Type 77 APC (China) (Figure 2-13). The Type 77 is very similar to the Soviet BTR-50PK APC but has improved road and water speeds. Many of the automotive components of the Type 77 APC are also used in the Type 63 light amphibious tank.

(1) Variants. Two variants are presented in the following two paragraphs.

(a) HQ-2J SAM Carrier. This version has a much modified Type 77 APC chassis with seven, rather than six, road wheels on each side. Recently developed, this version will act as the transporter/launcher platform for the HQ-2J SAM, the Chinese equivalent of the Soviet SA-2 Guideline.

(b) Miscellaneous. The Type 77 can be used as an ambulance, command post, fuel resupply vehicle and load carrier in addition to filling its basic APC role. The Type-1 has three loading ramps that can be positioned at the rear to enable an 85mm Type 56 gun (with a crew of eight and 30 rounds of ammunition) or a 122-mm Type 54 howitzer (with a crew of eight and 20 rounds of ammunition) to be carried; the Type 77-2 has no loading ramps.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type 77 has

  • torsion bar suspension that consists of six rubber-tired road wheels with the idler at the front, drive sprocket at the rear and no track return rollers.
  • a single-piece driver's hatch cover that opens to the right and three forward-facing periscopes.
  • a single circular commander's hatch cover that opens to the rear and three forward observation periscopes.
  • hatches in the roof of the troop compartment and a single forward-opening door in the right side.
  • three firing ports; two in the left and one in the right side of the troop compartment.
  • a white light searchlight mounted on top of the troop compartment to the left front.
  • two water jets at the rear.
  • a trim vane mounted at the front of the hull for fording.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type 77 has an allwelded hull and is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by two water jets at the rear of the hull. The commander sits in a projecting bay at the front on the right side and the driver sits at the front on the left side. Specifications for the Type 77 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type 77 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 16.
Combat weight, 15,500 kg.
Length,7.4 meters.
Width, 3.2 meters.
Height,2.436 meters.
Track, 2.8 meters.
Track width, 400 mm.
Length of track on ground, 4.4 meters.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 11-12 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 416 liters
Maximum road range, 370 km.
Maximum water range, 120 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type 77 can

  • cross a 2.9-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.87-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type 77 has one layer of armament that consists of a single 12.7-mm heavy machine gun that has a basic load of 500 rounds. This weapon is a copy of the Soviet DShKM weapon. The tank commander has no protection while firing the 12.7-mm gun.

(6) Countries Served. The Type 77 is in service with China.

Figure 2-14. Chinese Type 85 APC.

1. Type 85 APC (Formally YW 531 H) (China) (Figure 2-14). The Type 531 H was recently renamed the Type 85 and will be discussed as the Type 85. The Type 85 (formally Type 531 H) APC was developed at the same time as the Type YW 534, which is discussed later, and is believed to be the successor to the older Type YW 531. The Type 85 is almost identical to the Type YW 534 with some minor differences. It is slightly lighter, shorter and narrower, does not have the four smoke dischargers on each side of the forward part of the hull, and has three firing ports and vision devices in the left hull side.

(1) Variants. A number of Type 85 variants are presented in the following paragraphs.

(a) Type YW 309 Infantry Combat Vehicle. This is essentially the Type 85 fitted with the turret of the WZ 501 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) which itself is a copy of the Soviet BMP-1, discussed in a later section. In addition to the single firing port in the rear hull door there are three firing ports and periscopes in the left side of the hull and four firing ports and periscopes in the right side of the hull. The YW 309 has a crew of three and carries eight fully equipped infantrymen. A 7.62-mm machine gun is mounted coaxially with the main armament and there is a red Arrow 73 ATGW launcher over the main armament. This is also called the Infantry Fighting Vehicle Type 85.

(b) Type 85 Armored Command Post. This version is similar to the Type 85 but has a crew of two and carries six staff officers plus extensive communications equipment for which three radio antenna are provided. The driver sits at the front left and the commander, who also mans the 12.7-mm anti-aircraft gun is seated to his rear. The command area is at the very rear and has four circular roof hatches, one in each corner. The armored command post weighs 13,800 kg loaded. In addition, a four-barrelled smoke discharger is mounted on each side of the forward part of the hull.

(c) Type WZ 751 Armored Ambulance. This vehicle is also based on the Type 85 but has a new raised hull rear and a larger commander's cupola to the rear of the driver that is fitted with an externally-mounted 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun. This vehicle has a crew of two plus room for medical personnel, patients and supplies. This vehicle is now called the Tracked Armored Ambulance Type 85.

(d) Armored Command Vehicle Type 85. This is the basic vehicle with its turret removed for use in the command role. It has a crew of two plus six command staff and an assortment of communications equipment. Externally it is recognizable by its pintle-mounted12.7-mm machine gun and three radio antenna.

(e) 120-mm Self-propelled Mortar Type 85. This version is similar to the above and has a 120-mm mortar mounted in the rear which fires to the rear. A total of 50 rounds of ammunition are carried. This version carries a six-man crew, including the commander and driver.

(f) 82-mm Self-propelled Mortar Type 85. This version is similar to the above but with a slightly different hatch arrangement and the 82-mm mortar. The mortar is also capable of being deployed away from the vehicle if required. This version has a seven-man crew.

(g) 122-mm Self-propelled Howitzer. This is essentially the basic vehicle with its turret removed and with the 122-mm Chinese-built version of the 122-mm D-30 towed howitzer mounted at the top of the hull rear.

(h) Recovery Vehicle Type 85. This is a basic Type 85 retaining its cupola-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun but fitted with a hydraulic crane on the left side of the hull with a lifting capacity of one ton, a generator, welding equipment, special mounting and dismounting tools, tool cabinet and a five-man crew.

(i) Maintenance Engineering Vehicle Type 85. This version has a similar hull to the Type 85 ambulance with a raised roof at the rear but is fitted with a cupola-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun on the roof rather than the forward part of the hull. Equipment includes generator, boom, inertia dynamometer, air filter cleaner, oil filter cleaner and other special tools.

(j) Thai purchase of Type 85. These versions are having their Chinese 12.7-mm machine guns removed and replaced by US 12.7-mm machine guns which are standard on Thai tanks. Some specialized versions of the Type 85 include a 30-round multiple rocket launcher. The launcher is believed to be a 130-mm (30 round) Type 82 truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher system.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type 85 has

  • a torsion-bar suspension with each side having five dual rubber-tired road wheels, with drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers.
  • an engine compartment to the right of the driver with the air-inlet and air-outlet louvers in the roof and the exhaust pipe on the right side.
  • a driver's left-opening single-piece hatch cover and three forward-facing periscopes, one of which can be replaced by an infrared device for night driving.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover with an integral vision device.
  • a troop compartment at the rear with the troops entering through a large door that is hinged on the right. This door has a vision block and a firing port.
  • two firing ports and periscopes in the left side of the vehicle and three or four firing ports on the right side with a similar number of periscopes. (Other vehicles have been observed with three firing ports and periscopes in the left side and four in the right: there may well be differences between production vehicles.) The firing ports are provided with ball and socket type mountings for rifles.
  • a single circular roof hatch on each side in the forward part of the troop compartment.
  • two oblong roof hatches to the rear of the 12.7mm machine gun.
  • a trim vane that is erected before the vehicle enters the water.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type 85 has an allwelded hull and is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by its tracks. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle and the commander sits to the rear of the driver. The engine compartment is to the right of the driver. Specifications for the Type 85 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type 85 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 13.
Combat weight, 13,600 kg.
Length,6.125 meters.
Width, 3.06 meters.
Height to top of hull, 1.914 meters.
Height including machine gun, 2.586 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.46 meters.
Track, 2.526 meters.
Track width, 360 mm.
Length of track on ground, 3.275 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Maximum range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type 85 can

  • cross a 2.2-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.6-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type 85 has one layer of armament that consists of a single 12.7-mm heavy machine gun with a basic load of 1120 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The Type 85 is in service with China and Thailand.

Figure 2-15. Chinese Type YW 531 APC with 12.7-mm Machine gun.

m. Type YW 531 APC (China) (Figure 2-15). The official Chinese designation for this vehicle is the Type 63 but within the Chinese Army it is referred to as the Type 531. The Australian Army has reported that the Type YW 531 has excellent cross country mobility. There are at least three sub-variants of the Type YW 531 APC which differ mainly in their communications equipment. These three sub-variants will not be discussed in this lesson.

(1) Variants. A number of Type YW 531 variants are presented in the subparagraphs that follow.

(a) YW 531C (Modified). This version has a number of improvements including a shield for the 12.7-mm machine gun, new vision ports and improved ventilation.

(b) Type YW 701 Command Post Vehicle. This version has a similar chassis and hull to the YW 750 ambulance. The vehicle has a maximum road speed of 60 km/h, a crew of three and can carry five passengers when being used in the command role. The vehicle would normally be used by regiment and division commanders. The Type YW 701s armament comprises a 7.62-mm Type 56-1 light machine gun with 1000 rounds of ammunition. The Type YW 701A has a 12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun with 560 rounds of ammunition.

(c) Ambulance. This vehicle has the Chinese designation YW750. It has a crew of two plus two doctors and can carry four stretcher or eight seated patients.

(d) 122-mm SPH. This vehicle is called the Type 54-1 self-propelled howitzer by the Chinese. It is a longer and slightly wider Type YW 531. The 122-mm howitzer sits in an open-topped troop compartment.

(e) Rocket Launcher. This version is called the 130-mm Type 70 19-barrel multiple rocket launcher.

(f) Type YW 304 82-mm Self-propelled Mortar. This vehicle is fitted with a turntable-mounted 82-mm mortar with a basic load of 120 rounds. The mortar can be dismounted for ground use. A 12.7-mm machine gun is mounted on the left side of the turret roof with an ammunition load of 560 rounds. The Type YW 304 has a crew of six or eight and is identical in physical characteristic to the Type YW 531 APC.

(g) Type YW 381 120-mm Self-propelled Mortar. This vehicle is fitted with a W86 120-mm mortar with an ammunition load of 50 mortar bombs. A baseplate and tripod are carried externally to allow the mortar to be dismounted for use in the ground role. A 12.7-mm machine gun is fitted for anti-aircraft and local defense. The vehicle has a crew of six and although similar in appearance to the YW 304 82-mm mortar, the 120-mm self-propelled mortar has a longer and wider chassis.

The Type YW 381 has a length of 6.125 meters, a width of 3.06 meters, a height of 2.593 meters, a track length on ground of 3.275 meters, a track of 2.526 meters and a ground clearance of 0.467 meters.

(h) Anti-tank Vehicle. It is known that a Type 531 APC has been fitted with a turret on the hull top towards the rear with four Red Arrow 8 ATGWs ready to launch. Additional missiles are carried inside for manual reloading. It is believed that this system has yet to enter service.

(i) Psychological Warfare. This version is fitted with roof-mounted loudspeakers.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type YW 531 has

  • a torsion-bar suspension with each side having four single rubber-tired road wheels, a drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and no track return rollers.
  • an engine compartment to the rear of the commander with the air-inlet and air-outlet louvers in the roof and the exhaust outlet in the right side of the roof.
  • a driver's left-opening single-piece domed hatch cover in front of which are two periscopes.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover that opens to the right with an integral periscope.
  • a single-domed hatch cover for the third crew member that opens to the left with an integral periscope.
  • a gunner's hatch to the rear of the vehicle with a 12.7-mm Type 54 heavy machine gun mounted on the forward part.
  • another gunner's single-piece hatch cover.
  • a troop compartment at the rear where troops enter and exit through a large door that is hinged on the right.
  • a single firing port in each side of the hull.
  • a trim vane that is erected before the vehicle enters the water and stowed on the glacis plate when travelling.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type YW 531 has an all-welded hull and is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by its tracks. The driver and commander sit at the front of the vehicle with the driver on the left and the commander on the right. The loader sits behind the driver and the gunner's position is to the rear of the vehicle in the roof. The engine compartment is behind the commander. Specifications for the Type YW 531 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type YW 531 Measurements

Crew, 4.
Passengers, 13.
Combat weight, 12,600 kg.
Length, 5.476 meters.
Width, 2.978 meters.
Height overall, 2.58 meters.
Height to top of hull, 1.887 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.45 meters.
Track, 2.464 meters.
Track width, 433 mm.
Length of track on ground, 3.095 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 450 liters.
Maximum road range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type YW 531 can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.6-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type YW 531 has one layer of armament that consists of a single 12.7-mm heavy machine gun that has a basic load of 1,120 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The Type YW 531 is in service with the following countries.

Albania
China
Iraq
Korea, North
Sudan
Tanzania
Vietnam
Zaire

Figure 2-16. Chinese Type YW 534 APC.

n. Type YW 534 APC (China) (Figure 2-16). The Type YW 534 APC is believed to be the successor to the older Type YW 531 series of full-tracked vehicles. The Type YW 534 is almost identical to the Type 85 (Type YW 531 H APC (9V)) but the latter has a slightly shorter and narrower hull.

(1) Variants. Two variations of the Type YW 534 are presented in the following two paragraphs.

(a) YW 307 IFV. This version is essentially the Type YW 534 with a one-man turret, an external-mounted 25-mm cannon, a 7.62-mm machine gun and smoke dischargers. The basic ammunition load is 400 rounds of 20-mm and 1,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition. The YW 307 is similar to the type YW 534 except that it has a combat weight of 15,400 kg and carries seven troops plus its crew of three.

(b) ATGW Carrier. This anti-tank guided weapons carrier is believed to be based on the Type YW 534 series of APCs; although it could just as well be based on the Type 85 (YW 531 H) series. On top of the raised rear hull is a turret with four Red Arrow 8 ATGWs in the ready to launch position. Additional missiles are carried in reserve in the hull. The same turret has been fitted to the YW 531 series of vehicles.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type YW 534 has

  • a torsion-bar suspension with each side having five dual rubber-tired road wheels, a drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers.
  • an engine compartment to the right of the driver with the air-inlet and air-outlet louvers in the roof and the exhaust outlet on the right side.
  • a driver's left-opening single-piece hatch cover and three forward-facing periscopes, one of which can be replaced by an infrared device for night driving.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover with an integral vision device.
  • a large troop compartment door at the rear where that has a vision block and firing port.
  • a single circular roof hatch on each side in the forward part of the troop compartment roof.
  • two oblong roof hatches to the rear of the 12.7mm machine gun installation.
  • a bank of four smoke dischargers mounted on each side of the forward part of the hull.
  • a 12.7-mm machine gun that has no overhead protection for the gunner.
  • two firing ports and periscopes in the left side of the hull and three or four firing ports and periscopes in the right side. The firing ports are fitted with ball and socket type mountings for rifles. (Other vehicles have been seen with three firing ports and periscopes in the left side and four in the right.)
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the vehicle before it enters the water.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type YW 534 has an all-welded hull and is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by its tracks. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle with the commander to his rear. Specifications for the Type YW 534 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type YW 534 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 13.
Combat weight, 14,300 kg.
Length, 6.15 meters.
Width, 3.134 meters.
Hull height, 1.88 meters.
Heigth over turret, 2.556 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.48 meters.
Track, 2.626 meters.
Track width, 360 mm.
Track length, 3.425 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Maximum range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type YW 534 can

  • cross a 2.5-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.7-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type YW 534 has a 12.7-mm heavy machine gun with a load of 1,100 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The Type YW 531 is in service with the following countries.

Albania
China
Iraq
Korea, North
Sudan
Tanzania
Vietnam
Zaire

Figure 2-17. Chinese Type WZ 523 APC with 12.7-mm Machine gun.

o. Type WZ 523 APC (China) (Figure 2-17). The Type WZ 523 first appeared in 1984 and is similar to the Belgian SIBMAS and South African Ratel APCs. The Type WZ 523 may be based on a motor vehicle or tractor (6 x 6) chassis and may use automotive components. The US Army refers to the Type WZ 523 as the M1984.

(1) Variants. Variations of Type WZ 523 are probably under development and could include a command post, ambulance, mortar carrier and an anti-tank vehicle with missiles.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type WZ 523 has

  • six drive wheels (6 x 6).
  • an engine compartment in the center, probably offset to allow for full crew movement within the vehicle.
  • front wheel steering only.
  • an exhaust outlet on the right side of the hull.
  • two large bullet-proof drive windows, which would be covered in combat by an armored shutter hinged at the top.
  • a single-piece hatch cover above the commander and driver, hinged in the center, which can be locked vertically.
  • a door in the right side of the hull, to the rear of the first road wheel.
  • a troop compartment at the rear where troops enter and exit through a large door that is hinged on the right with a single circular firing port.
  • rectangular roof hatches above the troop compartment that open outward.
  • two observation/firing hatches in each side that open upwards.
  • a 12.7-mm Type 54 machine gun with lateral protection on the hull roof, slightly forward of the troop compartment.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water.
  • a single firing port in each side of the hull.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type WZ 523 probably has an all-welded armored hull. The vehicle is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by two water jets at the rear of the hull. The commander and driver sit at the front of the vehicle. The commander probably sits at the right and the driver to the left. Specifications for the Type WZ 523 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type WZ 523 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 10.
Configuration, (6 x 6).
Combat weight, 11,200 kg.
Length,6.02 meters.
Width, 2.55 meters.
Height overall, 2.73 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 255 liters.
Maximum road range, 600 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type WZ 523 can

  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 30-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type WZ 523 has one layer of armament that consists of a single 12.7-mm heavy machine gun that has a basic load of 600 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The Type WZ 523 is in service with the Chinese Army.

Figure 2-18. Type WZ 551 with 25-mm cannon and 7.62-mm MG.

p. Type WZ 551 APC (China) (Figure 2-18). The Type WZ 551 first appeared in 1986. This new family of vehicles will be capable of being used for a wide range of roles, including 82-mm and 120-mm mortar carriers, and be armed with a wide range of weapons, including a 12.7-mm machine gun, 25-mm cannon, 90-mm or 105-mm guns. The vehicle is similar in appearance to the French VAB (6 x 6) but has a number of important differences as well as being longer, wider and heavier.

(1) Variants. A number of Type WZ 551 variations have been observed and are presented in the following subparagraphs.

(a) 12.7-mm APC (6 x 6). This is the basic version discussed in this lesson.

(b) Ambulance (6 x 6). This version has a raised rear troop compartment, a crew of three and can carry four stretchers. Mounted on the forward part of the roof is a cupola with an externally-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun for which 500 rounds of ammunition are carried.

(c) 73-mm IFV (6 x 6). This version has a turret that is similar to the Soviet BMP-1 vehicle. Armament on this version consists of a 73-mm gun with a load of 40 rounds, a 73-mm Red Arrow 73 ATGW mounted over the main armament for which four missiles are carried and a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun with a load of 2,000 rounds.

(d) 25-mm IFV (6 x 6). This version has a crew of two and is fitted with a one-man operated turret on the roof to the immediate rear of the engine compartment. To the rear of the turret are two rectangular roof hatches. A 25-mm cannon is mounted externally with a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted coaxially to its left. Smoke dischargers are located on each side of the lower part of the turret. The gunner has a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the right and two periscopes and a day/night sight mounted in the forward part of the turret roof. The 25-mm cannon can fire single shots or rates of fire of 100, 300 or 500 rds/min. Two hundred rounds of ready use 20-mm ammunition are carried plus a further 200 rounds in reserve. One thousand rounds of 7.62-mm ammunition are carried.

(e) Type NGV-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (6 x 6). This NGV-1 is essentially the WZ 551 (6 x 6) fitted with a French GIAT Dragar one-man power operated turret. In addition to being armed with a 25-mm GIAT M811 cannon, it is also armed with a 7.62-mm machine gun and two banks of three smoke dischargers.

(f) Anti-tank Vehicle (4 x 4). This version is fitted with a one-man turret with four Red Arrow 8 ATGWs ready to launch; an additional eight missiles are carried in reserve.

This version has a crew of four. As an alternative the 4 x 4 version can be fitted with the one-man turret armed with the 73mm gun, 7.62-mm machine gun and Red Arrow 73 ATGW.

This vehicle has a weight of 12,500 kg, a length of 6.05 meters, a width of 2.8 meters, a height to the top of the hull of 1.95 meters and to the launcher, 2.6 meters, a wheelbase of 3.2 meters and a maximum road speed of 85 km/h with a range of 600 km.

(g) 122-mm SPH (8 x 8). This vehicle is based on a lengthened 6 x 6 chassis. Mounted on the hull top at the rear is a turret armed with a 122-mm howitzer for which 40 rounds of ammunition are carried. Before firing, two spades can be lowered at the rear of the hull to provide a more stable firing platform.

The 122-mm SPH has a weight of 20,000 kg, a length of 7.9 meters, a width of 2.8 meters, an overall height of 2.7 meters and to the hull top, 1.75 meters, a wheelbase of 1.75 + 2 + 1.3 meters, a maximum road speed of 85 km/h with a range of 500 km. This vehicle can also cross a 2-meter trench and climb a 60-percent grade.

(2) Recognition Features.The Type WZ 551 has

  • six drive wheels (6 x 6).
  • air inlet and outlet louvers in the roof on the engine compartment with the exhaust pipe running along the upper left side of the hull.
  • a commander's and driver's windscreen to the front, which would be covered in combat by an armored shutter hinged at the top. When the shutter is lowered, forward observation is conducted with three roof-mounted periscopes, the center one of which can be replaced by an infrared night vision device.
  • a rear-opening circular roof hatch and a forwardopening side door for both the commander and driver in the upper part of which is an armored shutter.
  • a troop compartment at the rear where troops enter and exit through a large door that is hinged on the right and has a firing port and a vision block.
  • four oblong roof hatches, two on each side, above the troop compartment; they are hinged on the outside and can be locked vertical if required.
  • in each side of the troop compartment, four firing ports with a periscope mounted above in the roof of the vehicle. The first firing port in each side is for a 7.62-mm machine gun with the remaining three being for assault rifles.
  • a gas extractor for each firing port.
  • fuel tanks located on each side of the troop compartment.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water.
  • on at least one prototype, a door in the lower half of the hull between the first and second wheels that is used for vehicle maintenance.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type WZ 551 has an all-welded armored hull. The vehicle is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by two shrouded propellers mounted one each side under the rear of the vehicle. These are swung backwards when in the water. The engine compartment is to the rear of the driver's compartment. The commander and driver sit at the front of the vehicle with the commander at the right, driver to the left and the gunner behind the commander. Specifications for the Type WZ 551 fitted with a one-man turret are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type WZ 551 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 9.
Configuration, (6 x 6).
Combat weight, 15,000 kg.
Length,6.65 meters.
Width, 2.8 meters.
Height to top of hull, 1.95 meters.
Height over 25-mm turret,2.89 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.41 meters.
Track, 2.44 meters.
Wheelbase, 1.9 + 1.9 meters.
Maximum road speed, 85 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7 km/h.
Maximum road range, 600 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type WZ 551 can

  • cross a 1.2-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.5-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 30-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type WZ 551 has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament on the Type WZ 551 is a 25-mm cannon with an ammunition load of 400 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament on the Type WZ 551 is a7.62-mm machine gun with an ammunition load of 1,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. Type WZ 551 prototypes are undergoing trials and are not yet in service.

Figure 2-19. BOV-M WAPC (Yugoslavian Militia).

q. BOV Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier (Figure 2-19). The BOV is a new family of 4 x 4 wheeled armored fighting vehicles developed in the early 1980s in Yugoslavia.

(1) Variants. Three BOV variants are presented in the following subparagraphs:

(a) BOV-1 ATGW carrier. Mounted on the roof of this version are two pod containing six ATGWs based on the Soviet AT-3 Sagger but fitted with a semi-automatic guidance system. Additional missiles are carried under armor protection within the hull. Maximum rate of fire is two missiles a minute. Between the two pods of missiles, a 7.62-mm machine gun is mounted. Both the BOV-1 ATGW and the two SPAAG chassis are slightly different to the APC as they do not have the raised troop compartment roof.

(b) BOV-3 SPAAG. This version is fitted with a power operated turret armed with three 20-mm cannon, each of which has a drum-type magazine holding 60 rounds of ammunition with a total of 1,500 rounds of ammunition being carried. The BOV-3 is a clear weather system only.

(c) BOV-30 SPAAG. First seen in 1985, this is the latest SPAAG version. It is fitted with a larger enclosed turret armed with twin 30-mm cannon. Two three barrelled smoke discharges are mounted on each side of the turret.

(2) Recognition Features. The BOV has

  • a 4 x 4 capability.
  • an engine compartment at the rear of the hull with air-inlet and air-out louvers on the top of the roof and an engine access door at the rear.
  • both a driver's and commander's rear-opening single-piece hatch cover.
  • a driver's single forward-facing periscope in the roof which can be replaced by a passive periscope.
  • a bullet proof window covered by a wire mesh screen immediately in front and on each side of the commander and driver.
  • a single troop entry/exit door in each side that opens towards the front.
  • three firing ports, each with an associated firing port, each side of the troop compartment and an additional firing port to the right of the commanders windscreen.
  • windows in the rear of the troop compartment.
  • a cupola with a two part roof hatch that opens left and right mounted over the top of the troop compartment. An externally-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun and a searchlight is mounted to the cupola.
  • a bank of three forward-firing smoke dischargers each side of the hull.
  • a wire mesh screen on each side of the forward part of the hull that lays alongside the hull when travelling and is swung out through 90 degrees when required, for example: in a riot situation.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BOV has no amphibious capability and the hull of the vehicle is of all-welded steel construction. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the left with the commander seated to his right. The gunner is one of the assigned troops (passengers). Specifications that apply to the basic BOV WAPC are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BOV Measurements

Crew, 2 + 8.
Configuration, 4 x 4.
Combat weight, 5,700 kg.
Length,5.70 meters.
Width, 2.534 meters.
Height with screens, 2.92 meters.
Height to hull roof, 2.335 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.325 meters.
Track, 1.90 meters.
Wheelbase, 2.75 meters.
Maximum speed, 95 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 220 liters.
Range, 500 to 800 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BOV can

  • cross a 0.64-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.54-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 55-percent grade.
  • climb a 30-percent side slope.
  • ford 1.1 meters.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BOV has one layer of armament: a7.62-mm machine gun.

(6) Countries Served. The BOV Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier is in service with the Yugoslavian Army and Militia.

Figure 2-20. Bulgarian APC with 30-mm cannon and AT-5 Spandrel.

r. New Armored Personnel Carrier (Figure 2-20). First observed in 1984, this new vehicle consists of the chassis of the Soviet 122-mm SO-122 (2S1) self-propelled howitzer fitted with the complete turret of the new Soviet BMP-2 infantry combat vehicle. The new vehicle is armed with a 30-mm cannon, 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun and a Spandrel anti-tank guided missile. Most sources believe that this new vehicle is an armored personnel carrier; although it could also be a reconnaissance vehicle. No specifications for it have been revealed but the combat weight is probably about 15,000 kg and in addition to its crew of three, commander, gunner and driver, 8 to 12 infantrymen can be carried. The vehicle is in production and service in Bulgaria.

4. Amphibious Reconnaissance Vehicles (ARVs).

Figure 2-21. FUG/OT-65 Amphibious Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV).

a. FUG/OT-65 (Czechoslovakia/Hungary/Poland) (Figure 2-21). The FUG/OT-65 ARV is similar to the Soviet BRDM-2 discussed later in this lesson. However, several differences reflect an independence of design. It has two waterjet ports for amphibious propulsion instead of one as is found on the BDRM-2. Like the BDRM-2, it has two auxiliary belly wheels on each side which the driver can lower to assist the vehicle in crossing obstacles and gaps. Speed is sacrificed in this mode of travel, which is accomplished in first gear at a speed of five to eight kilometers per hour.

(1) Variants. Two FUG/OT-65 variants are discussed below.

(a) FUG/OT-65A. This version has a miniturret with an external 82-mm recoilless gun and an internal 7.62-mm machine gun. Rate of fire for the 82-mm gun is one or more rds/min (dependent on availability of outside loader) with a load of five to ten rounds. A practical rate of fire for the 7.62-mm gun is 200 rds/min with a load of 1,000 to 2,000 rounds.

The Hungarian reconnaissance vehicle version normally carries only a 7.62-mm light machine gun. The machine gun is unmounted but can be placed in a pintle mount on the vehicle.

(b) FUG/OT-65RKh. This version is fitted with a dispenser for radiological-chemical contamination marking flags.

(2) Recognition Features. The FUG/OT-65 has

  • a (4 x 4) truck chassis with four retractable powered auxiliary wheels.
  • an engine situated in the rear.
  • a troop compartment in the center of the hull.
  • no partition between the driver and troop compartment.
  • two waterjet propulsion units at the rear.
  • two waterjet port covers at the rear.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The FUG/OT-65 is fully amphibious. Specifications for the FUG/OT-65 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

FUG/OT-65 Measurements

Crew, 2 (plus a gunner in the FUG/OT-65A).
Passengers, 4.
Combat weight, 7,000 kg.
Length,5.79 meters.
Width, 2.50 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.34 meters.
Height, 1.91 meters.
Wheelbase, 3.3 meters.
Maximum speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 9 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 200 liters.
Maximum range, 600 km.
Hull armor, 13-mm thick.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The FUG/OT-65 can

  • cross a 1.2-meter trench.
  • climb a 32 degree slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The FUG/OT-65 ARV basic vehicle has no fixed armament. The FUG/OT-65A variant has two layers of armament, which is discussed above under subparagraph (1) Variants.

(6) Countries Served. The FUG/OT-65 ARV is in service with the Czechoslovakian, Hungarian and Polish Armies.

Figure 2-22. PSzH-IV/FUG-70 (ARV).

b. PSzH-IV/FUG-70 ARV (Hungary) (Figure 2-22). The PSzH is a modified version of the FUG/OT-65. The PSzH mounts a 14.5-mm and a 7.62-mm machine gun in the same turret used on Soviet wheeled vehicles of similar usage. It was first observed in 1970 and designated the FUG-70. Other than the addition of the turret and removal of the belly wheels, the vehicle appears to be identical to the FUG/OT-65. It is manufactured in Hungary and used by the Hungarian armed forces and the (East) German Border Command. Other designators for the PSzH are: FUG-D-944, FUG-65B, And FUG-70.

(1) Variants. There are only two versions of the PSzH: the basic reconnaissance vehicle and a command vehicle.

(2) Recognition Features.The PSzH-IV/FUG-70 has

  • a (4 x 4) truck chassis and no auxiliary belly wheels.
  • an engine situated in the rear.
  • a troop compartment in the center of the hull.
  • two waterjet propulsion units at the rear.
  • two waterjet port covers at the rear.
  • turret-mounted 14.5-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The PSzH-IV/FUG-70 is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by two waterjet propulsion units. Specifications for the PSzH-IV/FUG-70 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

PSzH-IV/FUG-70 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 6 to 7.
Combat weight, 7,500 kg.
Length, 5.70 meters.
Width, 2.50 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.42 meters.
Height, 2.30 meters.
Wheelbase, 3.30 meters.
Maximum road speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 9 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 200 liters.
Maximum road range, 700 km.

PSzH-IV/FUG-70 Armor

Hull
12 mm
Turret
14 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The PSzH-IV/FUG-70 can

  • cross a 0.60-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.40 meter step.
  • climb a 30 degree slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The PSzH-IV/FUG-70 ARV has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament consists of a turret-mounted 14.5-mm heavy machine gun. The 14.5-mm gun has a practical rate of fire of 150 rds/min with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament consists of a 7.62-mm coaxially-mounted machine gun. This gun has a practical rate of fire of 250 rds/min with a basic load of 1,000 to 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The PSzH-IV/FUG-70 ARV is in service with Hungary and (East) Germany.

5. Amphibious Scout Cars (ASCs).

Figure 2-23. Soviet BRDM-1 Amphibious Scout Car (ASC).

a. BRDM-1 ASC (Soviet) (Figure 2-23). The BRDM-1 ASC first appeared in 1959 and was issued to most Warsaw Pact members where it is now in second-line units or held in reserve. In Soviet front-line units the BRDM-1 has been replaced by the BRDM-2, which has a higher road speed and is fitted with a turret armed with a 14.5-mm and a 7.62-mm machine gun. Weapons on the BRDM-1 are fitted to unprotected mounts. The BRDM Model 1957 has an open roof while the BRDM-1 Model 1958 has a closed roof with twin hatches, this being the standard production model.

(1) Variants. A number of BRDM-1 variants are discussed below.

(a) BRDM-U Command Vehicle. This version can be distinguished from the basic vehicle as it has a radio antenna on each side of the hull and two radio antennas at the rear whereas the basic vehicle has only a single radio antenna on the right side of the hull.

(b) Radiological-Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (BRDM-RKh). This version is easily distinguishable from the basic vehicle by two rectangular racks on each side of the hull at the rear that contain lane-marking poles with pennants. The racks are normally covered with canvas and when required are positioned vertically over the rear of the vehicle. The poles are used to mark lanes through contaminated areas.

(c) BRDM-1 with Snapper ATGWs. This system is basically a BRDM-1 vehicle with its superstructure extended to the rear of the hull and carrying a triple launcher for the Snapper AT-1 ATGW. The missiles are mounted under the launcher arms and before the launcher can be raised into the open, the four hatch covers over the missile compartment are swung clear to each side of the hull. The missiles can be launched from within the vehicle or away from it with the aid of a separation sight. As far as it is known, this model is no longer in front-line service with Soviet Union.

(d) BRDM-1 with Swatter ATGWs. This model is similar to the previous model but has a quadruple rather than a triple launcher with the missiles being mounted above the long launcher rails. In addition to the hatch covers that open on each side of the vehicle there is also a cover that opens to the rear of the launcher. This model has been seen in service only with Soviet units and is believed to be no longer in front-line service.

(e) BRDM-1 with Sagger ATGWs. This model has a sextuple launcher that is raised in the launch position complete with the overhead cover. The missiles can be launched from inside the vehicle or up to 80 meters away from it with the aid of a separation sight. It is believed that this model is no longer in front-line service with the Soviet Army, having been replaced by Sagger ATGW systems on a BRDM-2 chassis.

(2) Recognition Features. The BRDM-1 has

  • a (4 x 4) truck chassis with two retractable rough terrain belly wheels on each side between the front and rear wheels for improved cross-country and ditch crossing performance.
  • a forward mounted engine.
  • driver and commander hatch covers that are hinged at the top and open forward. The hatch covers have vision blocks for when the hatch is closed.
  • a windscreen and wiper blade.
  • a troop compartment toward the rear of the vehicle.
  • a vision slit protected by a vision block to the left of the driver and right of the commander.
  • two firing ports in each side of the hull.
  • two large rear-opening hatches in the forward part of the roof.
  • a crew compartment that slopes at an angle of about 30 degrees and is fitted with a two-piece hatch that opens on each side of the superstructure. There is a firing port in each hatch.
  • a single waterjet propulsion unit at the rear.
  • a single waterjet port cover at the rear.
  • a trim board that is folded and stowed under the nose of the vehicle when not in use and erected at the front of the hull before entering the water.
  • a white searchlight mounted on the left side of the hull.
  • a communications reel and wire mounted on the left side of the superstructure towards the rear.
  • a 12.7-mm machine gun and/or a 7.62-mm SGMB machine gun. (Some vehicles are fitted with a 12.7-mm DShKM heavy machine gun mounted at the forward part of the roof with a 7.62-mm SGMB machine gun being mounted at the rear.)

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BRDM-1 is made of allwelded steel with the engine at the front and the crew compartment at the rear. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the left with the commander to his right. The BRDM-1 is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by a single waterjet at the rear of the hull. Specifications for the BRDM-1 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BRDM-1 Measurements

Crew, 5 (Snapper, Swatter and Sagger variants have 2-3).
Passengers, 3.
Configuration, 4 x 4.
Weight unloaded, 5,600 kg.
Length, 5.7 meters.
Width, 2.25 meters.
Height, 1.9 (Swatter and Sagger, 2) meters.
Ground clearance, 0.315 meters.
Track, 1.6 meters.
Wheelbase, 2.8 meters.
Maximum speed, 80 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 9 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 150 liters.
Maximum range, 500 km.
Hull armor, 10-mm thick.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BRDM-1 can

  • cross a 1.22-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BRDM-1 ASC has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental. Some BRDM-1s have a 12.7-mm machine gun, pintle-mounted on the forward part of the roof as main armament, with a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted at the rear as a secondary weapon. Other versions are fitted with only a 7.62-mm machine gun. The 12.7-mm gun has a practical rate of fire of 80 to 100 rds/min with a load of 500 rounds. The 7.62-mm machine has a basic load of 1,250 rounds. Supplementary armament for the BRDM-1 consists of Snapper, Swatter and Sagger ATGWs discussed above under subparagraph (1).

(6) Countries Served. The BRDM-1 Amphibious Scout Car is in service with the following countries.

Albania
Algeria
Angola
Bulgaria
Congo
Cuba
Czechoslovakia
Ethiopia
Germany, (East)
Guinea
Mozambique
Poland
Romania
Soviet Union
Sudan
Yugoslavia
Zambia

Figure 2-24. Soviet BRDM-2 Amphibious Scout Car (ASC).

b. BRDM-2 ASC (Soviet) (Figure 2-24). The BRDM-2 was designed as the successor to the earlier BRDM-1. Main improvements over the earlier BRDM-1 vehicles are the BRDM-2s fully-enclosed armament installation and more powerful rearmounted engine. These improvements give the BRDM-2 a higher road clearance and better cross-country and water performance. Externally it differs from the BRDM due to its larger, box-like hull. You have to be careful not to confuse the BRDM-2 with the Hungarian FUG (OT-65) and FUG-70 amphibious scout cars which also have rear engines. The distinguishing difference is the twin water jets of the Hungarian vehicles as compared to the single triangular water jet of the Soviet scout car.

(1) Variants. A number of BRDM-2 variants are presented in the following subparagraphs:

(a) BRDM-2U Command Vehicle. This version has its turret replaced by a hatch that opens forward. Mounted to the rear of this hatch is a communications equipment generator. Two radio antennas are mounted one each side of the hull.

(b) BRDM-2-RKh Radiological-Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle. This version has two rectangular racks on each side of the hull at the rear that contain lane-marking poles with pennants. The racks are normally covered with canvas and when required are positioned vertically over the rear of the vehicle. The poles are used to mark lanes through contaminated areas. There are two versions of this vehicle: the original RKha with the standard 14.5-mm KPVT heavy machine gun and the more usual RKhb with twin 7.62-mm machine guns and improved sensors.

(c) BRDM-2 with Swatter-C ATGWs. This version is similar in appearance to the BRDM-2 with the Sagger ATGW. However, it has a quadruple launcher for the AT-2 ATGW and was converted from its original radio command-to-line-of-sight guidance to semi-active infrared/command guidance. A total of eight Swatters is carried including the three in the ready to launch position. As far as is known the improved Swatter has been fitted to the original BRDM-1 installation.

(d) BRDM-2 with Sagger ATGWs. This version is a BRDM-2 with its turret replaced with an arm, on top of which are mounted six Sagger AT-3 ATGWs. When travelling the ATGWs are within the hull. In combat, they are raised along with their overhead armor protection, above the top of the hull. The missiles can be launched from within the vehicle or up to 80 meters away. A total of eight missiles are carried in reserve and a radio antenna is fitted at the rear on the right side.

(e) BRDM-2 with Spandrel (AT-5) ATGWs. This version is fitted with a turret on top of which is mounted five ready to launch missiles. This vehicle is sometimes referred to as the BRDM-3. To the rear of the turret in the top of the hull is a bowed hatch, which is thought to fold into the hull, enabling the launcher to be internally reloaded. The launch tube has a blow-out cap at the front and is flared at the rear and a sight is fitted in the roof of the vehicle on the right side. It is estimated that ten more missiles are carried inside the hull.

In (East) Germany, it has been observed that the outer launch position has been fitted with AT-4 Spigot ATGWs. This arrangement allows an increased missile load, believed to be six AT-5 Spandrels plus eight AT-4 Spigots rather than 10 AT-5s.

(f) SA-9 (Gaskin) System. The SA-9 (Gaskin) mobile surface-to-air missile system is based on a modified BRDM-2 (4 x 4) amphibious chassis with its belly wheels removed. The original turret has been replaced by a one-man turret with an elevating arm on each side. Mounted to each arm is a box-type launcher for the SA-9 fire-and-forget missiles. In the Soviet Army and some other countries, the SA-9 is being replaced by the SA-13 Gopher SAM system on a modified MT-LB chassis. To reduce the overall height of the system for travelling, the missiles are normally lowered into the horizontal position on each side of the vehicle. No reserve missiles are carried on the SA-9 system.

(g) BRDM-2 Anti-tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Launcher. This version is used for the AT-2/Swatter, AT3/Sagger, and AT-5/Spandrel. The AT-5 launcher can also fire the AT-4/SPIGOT missile. The ATGM launcher replaces the turret.

(2) Recognition Features. The BRDM-2 has

  • a 4 x 4 truck chassis with two retractable rough terrain chain driven belly wheels on each side of the vehicle between the front and rear wheels.
  • tires that are not protected by armor and are particularly vulnerable to puncture by all kinds of fire.
  • a rear-mounted engine with a short stubby hood.
  • a troop compartment in the center of the hull.
  • no roof hatch on the turret.
  • a cruciform-shaped back with one waterjet cover that has a straight horizontal bottom.
  • a bulletproof windscreen to the front of the driver and commander. An armored shutter hinged at the top covers the windscreen when the vehicle is in a combat area.
  • periscopes mounted at roof level around the front and sides of the driver's and commander's positions.
  • two circular roof entry hatches behind the driver and commander.
  • a turret mounted in the center of the vehicle that is the same as that mounted on the Soviet BTR-60PB and Czechoslovak OT-64 SKOT-2A armored personnel carriers.
  • a single firing port in each side of the hull. Immediately behind each of these firing ports are three vision blocks that protrude from the outside of the hull.
  • two air-inlet louvers in the forward engine compartment roof and four smaller air-inlet louvers to the rear.
  • exhaust pipes on each side of the hull.
  • a trim vane that is stowed under the nose of the hull when travelling and is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water.
  • a triangular-shaped waterjet cover plate.
  • an air inlet on the hull top, left of the turret. o infrared driving lights.
  • an infrared searchlight mounted over the commander's position.
  • a winch mounted internally at the front hull.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BRDM-2 has an allwelded steel hull with the engine at the rear. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle on the left with the commander to his right. The BRDM-2 is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by a single waterjet. Specifications for the BRDM-1 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Basic BRDM-2 Measurements

Crew, 2 to 5 (Sagger version, 2-3).
Passengers, up to 4.
Configuration, 4 x 4.
Combat weight, 7,000 kg.
Length,5.75 meters.
Width, 2.35 meters.
Height overall, 2.31 (Sagger, 2.01) meters.
Firing height, 2.13 (Sagger, n/a) meters.
Ground clearance, 0.43 meters.
Track, 1.84 meters.
Wheelbase, 3.1 meters.
Maximum speed, 100 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 290 liters.
Maximum range, 750 km.

Basic BRDM-2 Armor

Hull front upper, 5 mm.
Hull front lower, 7 mm.
Hull nose plate, 14 mm.
Hull side upper, 7 mm.
Hull side lower, 7 mm.
Hull rear upper, 7 mm.
Hull rear lower, 7 mm.
Hull top, 7 mm.
Hull belly front, 2 mm.
Hull belly rear, 3 mm.
Turret front, 7 mm.
Turret sides, 7 mm.
Turret rear, 7 mm.
Turret top, 7 mm.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BRDM-2 can

  • cross a 1.25-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.4-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BRDM-2 ASC has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is a14.5-mm KVPT MG with a telescopic sight and an ammunition load of 500 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a coaxially-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun with an ammunition load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The BRDM-2 Amphibious Scout Car is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Benin
Botswana
Bulgaria
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo
Cuba
Germany, (East)
Djibouti
Egypt
Equatorial
Guinea
Ethiopia
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Hungary
India
Iraq
Israel
Libya
Madagascar
Malay
Mali
Mauritania
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Peru
Poland
Romania
Sao-Tome and Principe
Seychelles
Somalia
Soviet Union
Sudan
Syria
Tanzania
Vietnam
Yemen, South
Yugoslavia
Zambia
Zimbabwe

6. Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs).

Figure 2-25. BMP Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicles (ICVs).

a. BMP (Soviet) (Figure 2-25). First introduced in 1967, the BMP represents a transition from the "armored personnel carrier" to the "infantry combat vehicle" in the Soviet and most Warsaw Pact armies. It has replaced the BTR-50P and complements the BTR-60PB in first-line motorized rifle units. Its most noticeable modifications are the lengthening of the bow and the extension of the deflector shroud to the rear. These modifications were designed to improve the BMPs swimming capability, which was inhibited by the forward placement of the engine. Other changes include an enlarged/squared firing port for the PKM machine gun below the turret and repositioned vision blocks above the crew compartment. Many BMPs now mount the improved, semiautomatic AT-3C/SAGGER or the new AT-4/SPIGOT or AT-5/SPANDREL ATGM.

(1) Variants. A number of BMP variants are presented in the following subparagraphs:

(a) BMP-1. This is the basic version.

(b) BMP M-1974 Command Vehicle. This version differs from the BMP-1 mainly by having additional radio equipment and antennas and having the machine gun ports welded shut.

(c) BMP-1KSH. This is a command and staff version.

(d) BMP M-1975 (PRP-3) Artillery Mobile Surveillance Version (SMALL FRED). The M-1975 is easily distinguished from the BMP-1 by an enlarged two-man turret, which has been moved toward the rear and a 7.62-mm machine gun rather than the 73-mm gun and AT-3/SAGGER of the BMP-1. Also, a rectangular folding antenna for the SMALL FRED battlefield surveillance radar is mounted on the rear of the turret. The M1975 carries a five-man crew and extensive radio and optical equipment.

(e) BMP M-1976-1/2 and BMP-R Reconnaissance Vehicles. The BMP M1976 reconnaissance vehicle (also known as the BMP-R) has the same enlarged two-man turret as the M1975 but mounts the standard 73-mm main gun (without the SAGGER launcher). The BMP M1976(2) model has a small parabolic antenna on the roof.

(f) BMP 1978 Command and Communications Vehicle. This version mounts a large telescopic antenna and more radio equipment than the M1974. No armament is mounted in the turret. It is reported to be used by regimental and division staffs.

(g) BMP-PPO. This is a mobile training version.

(h) BMP-2 (M-1981). The BMP-2 is also known as the M-1981 but will be referred to here exclusively as the BMP-2.

(2) Recognition Features. Recognition features for the BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry combat vehicles (ICVs) are presented in subparagraphs (a) and (b) below.

(a) BMP-1 Features.

  • six stamped, evenly-spaced road wheels with three track support rollers and a front drive sprocket.
  • track shields with vertical ribbing cover on the upper portion of track.
  • a low-silhouette (boat-shaped) hull with a sloping front and conspicuously ridged surface.
  • a ribbed glacis with splash plate hull top.
  • two large bulging (fuel containing) entry/exit doors in the rear with a firing port in the left door.
  • a exhaust port on the top front right side.
  • four large hatches in the roof of the troop compartment to the rear of the turret.
  • four firing ports in each side of the troop compartment.
  • a driver's hatch at the left front directly in front of the commander's hatch. The commander's hatch mounts an infrared searchlight.
  • a one-man conical-shaped turret that mounts a 73-mm smoothbore gun and a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun.
  • a gunner's hatch on the left side of the turret roof.
  • a launching rail for SAGGER missiles attached above the 73-mm gun and a short gun tube.

(b) BMP-2 Features.

  • six stamped, evenly-spaced road wheels with track support rollers and a front drive sprocket.
  • increased armor with modified track skirts with horizontal ribbing the same as BMP-1.
  • a low-silhouette (boat-shaped) hull.
  • two large bulging (fuel containing) entry/exit doors in the rear with a firing port in the left door.
  • a two-man turret with three single tube grenade launchers on the left and four on the right.
  • a 30-mm cannon main gun.
  • three firing ports on each side of the troop compartment and one firing port at the commander's position.
  • a tube-launched AT-5/SPANDREL on the turret (the BPM-1 has a rail-launched AT-3/SAGGER above the gun tube).
  • two hatches on top of the troop compartment.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BMP-1 and BMP-2 have all-welded hulls and three-man crews with the driver seated at the front left, the commander to his rear and the gunner at the turret. Both vehicles are amphibious, being propelled through the water by their tracks. Specifications for the BMP-1 and BMP2 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BMP-1 and BMP-2 Measurements

BMP-1 BMP-2
Crew, 3.
Passengers, 6 to 8.
Combat weight, 13,500 kg.
Length, 6.74 meters.
Width, 2.94 meters.
Height, 2.15 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.39 meters.
Maximum speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 8 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 460 liters.
Maximum range, 500 km.
Crew, 3.
Passengers, 7.
Combat weight, 14,300 kg.
Length, 6.858 meters.
Width, 3.13 meters.
Height, 2.75 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.46 meters.
Maximum speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 460 liters.
Maximum range, 600 km.

BMP-1 and BMP-2 Armor

BMP-1 BMP-2
Hull, 19 mm
Turret, 23 mm.
Hull, 19 mm.
Turret, 23 mm.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BMP-1 and BMP-2 can

  • cross a 2.00-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.80-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 30-percent grade (BMP-1) and a 35-percent grade (BMP-2).
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. BPM-1 and BPM-2 armament characteristics are presented in paragraphs (a) and (b) below.

(a) BMP-1 Armament. The BMP-1 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental. Main armament is a 73-mm cannon with a rate of fire of eight rds/min and a basic load of 40 rounds. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm coaxial gun with a rate of fire of 250 rds/min and a basic load of 2,000 rounds. Supplemental armament is four ATGM AT-3/SAGGER missiles.

(b) BMP-2 Armament. The BMP-2 has two layers of armament: main and supplemental. Main armament is a 30-mm cannon with a rate of fire of 300 to 550 rds/min with a load of 500 rounds. Supplemental armament is four ATGM AT-4/SPANDREL missiles.

(6) Countries Served. BMP Infantry Combat Vehicles are in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Cuba
Czechoslovakia
Germany, (East)
Egypt
Ethiopia
Finland
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mongolia
North Korea
Poland
Soviet Union
Syria
Yugoslavia

Figure 2-26. Romanian MLI-84 with rear roof-mounted 12.7-mm gun.

b. MLI-84 (Romanian) (Figure 2-26). In appearance and layout the MLI-84 is virtually identical to the Soviet BMP-1 infantry combat vehicle but is slightly larger and heavier and supports additional armament. Some details of the MLI-84 are discussed in the following paragraphs.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. In addition to the similar features stated in paragraph b. above for the BMP-1, the MLI-84 has a12.7-mm anti-aircraft machine gun mounted over the left side of the rear troop compartment.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The MLI-84 is fully amphibious being propelled through the water by its tracks. Specifications for the MLI-84 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

MLI-84 Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 9.
Combat weight, 16,600 kg.
Length, 7.32. meters.
Width, 3.15 meters.
Height, 1.97 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.

(4) Armament Characteristics. The MLI-84 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament for the MLI-84 is a73-mm gun with a basic load of 40 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament.Secondary armament consist of two weapons: a coaxially-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun with a basic ammunition load of 2,000 rounds and a 12.7-mm antiaircraft machine gun with a basic load of 500 rounds.

(c) Supplemental. Supplemental armament is an ATGW AT-3/SAGGER missile system with a basic load of 4 missiles.

(5) Countries Served. The MLI-84 is in service with the Romanian Army.

Figure 2-27. Type YW 309 Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) (China).

c. Type YW 309 ICV (Figure 2-27). The Type YW 309 ICV is essentially the Type 85 APC with some easily recognizable modifications that are presented in subparagraph (2) below. The Type YW 309 is also called the Infantry Fighting Vehicle Type 85. In this lesson it will be exclusively referred to as the YW 309.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. The Type YW 309 shares basically the same recognition features previously stated for the Type 85 APC and will not be restated here. The Type YW 309, in addition to those basic features, has

  • the same turret as the WZ 501 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (discussed later in this lesson) which itself is a copy of the Soviet BMP-1.
  • three firing ports and periscopes in the left side of the hull and four firing ports and periscopes in the right side of the hull (in addition to the single firing port in the rear hull door).
  • a three-man crew and carries eight fully equipped infantrymen (as compared to the Type 85 APC which has a crew of two and can carry 13 infantrymen).

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type YW 309 also shares basically the same vehicle characteristics as the Type 85 APC and only differs from the Type 85 APC in some areas. Those characteristics will not be restated here. Type YW 309 specifications are provided in the lists and paragraphs below.

Type YW 309 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Combat weight, 14,700 kg.
Length,6.27 meters.
Width, 3.06 meters.
Height to top of hull,
1.91 meters.
Height including machine gun, 2.475 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.467 meters.
Track, 2.526 meters.
Track width, 360 mm.
Length of track on ground, 3.275 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Maximum range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type YW 309 can

  • cross a2.2-meter trench.
  • mount a0.6-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type YW 309 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is a 73-mm cannon with a basic load of 40 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun coaxially mounted to the main armament.

(c) Supplemental Armament. Supplemental armament is a Red Arrow 73 missile launcher mounted over the main armament (as compared to the Type 85 APC which has only a 12.7-mm machine gun).

(6) Countries Served. The Type YW 309 ICV is in service with China and Thailand.

7. Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs).

Figure 2-28. BVP M80AK IFV (Yugoslavia).

a. BVP M80AK Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (Figure 2-28). The BVP M80AK IFV is essentially the BVP M80A Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV), which is a further development of the M980 MICV with some easily recognizable modifications that are discussed in subparagraph (2) below. (The BVP M80A and M-980 MICVs are discussed in paragraph 10 subparagraphs a and b of this lesson.)

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. The BVP M80AK has a new oneman turret that supports a variety of armament unlike that used on the BVP M8OA. Otherwise, the BVP M8OAK shares the same basic recognition features as the BVP M80A.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BVP M80AK also shares the same basic vehicle characteristics as the BVP M80A. Specifications for the BVP M80AK are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BVP M80AK Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Combat weight, 14,400 kg.
Length, 6.27 meters.
Width, 3.06 meters.
Height to turret roof, 2.398 meters.
Height over anti-tank missiles, 2.87 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.467 meters.
Track, 2.526 meters.
Track width, 360 mm.
Length of track on ground, 3.30 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6.8 km/h.
Maximum range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BVP M80AK can

  • cross a 2.4-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.8-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BVP M80AK has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is a 30-mm M86 cannon.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted coaxially to the main armament.

(c) Supplemental Armament. Supplemental armament is a twin launcher for Yugoslavia built Sagger ATGWs and smoke dischargers that fire to the front of the vehicle. In addition, a variety of infantry weapons are carried onboard. These weapons include four 64-mm rocket launchers, two 7.62-mm machine guns, six 7.62-mm automatic rifles and a 26-mm signal pistol.

(6) Countries Served. The BVP M80AK IFV is in service with Yugoslavia.

Figure 2-29. TYPE WZ 501 with Sagger ATGW over main armament.

b. TYPE WZ 501 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (Figure 2-29). The TYPE WZ 501 IFV is almost a direct copy of the BMP-1 infantry combat vehicle (ICV) discussed in paragraph 6, subparagraph a of this lesson. The only major differences are a slight reduction in weight and maximum road speeds. The prototype of the WZ 501 IFV was copied from a single BMP-1 supplied by Egypt.

(1) Variants. Two variations of the Type WZ 501 are presented in the following two subparagraphs.

(a) Type 503 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The Type 503 is essentially a WZ 501 IFV with its turret replaced by a simple mount, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun with side and rear protection being provided for the machine gunner. The Type 503 has a combat weight of 12,800 kg, a two-man crew and can carry 13 infantrymen.

(b) Type 504 Missile Launcher Vehicle. The Type 504 is essentially a WZ 501 IFV with a new turret that is armed with two Red Arrow 73B ATGWs, which is the Chinese produced version of the Soviet Sagger AT-3. In addition to the two missiles in the ready to launch position, a further 14 missiles are carried in reserve. When travelling, the launcher, complete with overhead protection, is retracted into the turret. The Type 504 has a combat weight of 13,500 kg and in addition to its fourman crew, can carry two passengers.

(2) Recognition Features. The TYPE WZ 501 shares the same basic recognition features as the BMP-1, discussed in paragraph 6 subparagraph a of this lesson.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The TYPE WZ 501 is fully amphibious and shares the same basic vehicle characteristics as the BMP-1. Specifications for the TYPE WZ 501 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

TYPE WZ 501 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Combat weight, 13,300 kg.
Length, 6.74 meters.
Width overall, 2.97 meters.
Height overall, 2.14 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7-8 km/h.
Maximum road range, 460-510 km.
Maximum water range, 100 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The TYPE WZ 501 can

  • cross a 2-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.6- to 0.8-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The TYPE WZ 501 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is the same as that for the BMP-1: a 73-mm smoothbore gun with a basic load of 40 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is the same as that for the BMP-1: a 7.62-mm machine gun, coaxially mounted to the main armament, with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(c) Supplemental Armament. Supplemental armament is four Red Arrow ATGWs which are copies of the Sagger. (The original Soviet vehicle has a Sagger wire-guided ATGW mounted above the 73-mm gun). In addition, a variety of infantry weapons are carried onboard the Type WZ 501. These weapons include seven 7.62-mm Submachine guns (SMGs), two 7.62-mm Light machine guns (LMGs), a new 40-mm man-portable rocket launcher and a manportable surface-to-air missile called Red Tassel, which is a copy of the Soviet SA-7 Grail.

(6) Countries Served. The TYPE WZ 501 IFV is in service with the Chinese Army.

Figure 2-30. TYPE TW 307 IFV (China)

c. TYPE YW 307 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (Figure 2-30). The Type YW 307 IFV is essentially a Type YW 534 APC with a one-man power-operated turret and two layers of armament compared to the Type YW 534s one layer. Armament characteristics are discussed in subparagraph (5) below. Other major differences are weight and maximum road speeds, given in subparagraph (3) below.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. The Type YW 307 shares the same basic recognition features as the Type YW 534, discussed in paragraph 3 subparagraph (2) of this lesson and will not be discussed in detail here.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The Type YW 307 is fully amphibious and shares the same basic vehicle characteristics as the Type YW 534. Specifications for the Type YW 307 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Type YW 307 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 7.
Combat weight, 14,300 kg.
Length, 6.15 meters.
Width overall, 3.134 meters.
Height to hull top, 1.88 meters.
Height over turret. 2.556 meters.
Ground clearance. 0.48 meters.
Track width, 360 meters.
Track, 2.626 meters.
Length of track on ground, 3.425 meters.
Maximum road speed, 65 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Maximum road range, 500 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The Type YW 307 can

  • cross a 2.5-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.7-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The Type YW 307 has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

    (a) Main Armament. Main armament is a externally mounted 25-mm cannon with a basic load of 400 rounds.

    (b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is an external 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted coaxially to the main armament, with a basic load of 1,100 rounds and two banks of four smoke dischargers.

(6) Countries Served. The Type YW 307 IFV is in service with the Chinese Army.

8. Light Amphibious Tank (LAT).

Figure 2-31. PT-76 LAT with D-56T gun (Soviet).

PT-76 Light Amphibious Tank (LAT) (Figure 2-31). The Soviets have replaced their PT-76 LATs with T-54, T-55, T-62 or T-72 heavy armored main battle tanks (MBTs) or even light armored BMP infantry combat vehicles (ICVs). Many automotive and subcomponents of the PT-76 LAT are also used in the BTR-50 armored personnel carrier (APC) and other vehicles. The PT-76s excellent amphibious capability is attained at the cost of its armor, which is very thin and can be penetrated by heavy machine gun fire.

a. Variants. The first production version of the Pt-76 light tank (Model 1) was armed with the D-56T gun and fitted with a multi-slotted muzzle brake. This version is rarely seen today. The most common version of the PT-76 (Model 2) is fitted with the D-56T gun with double-baffle muzzle brake and a bore evacuator towards the muzzle as shown in Figure 2-31. For training the muzzle brake is sometimes removed. Another model (Model 3) is similar to the Model 2 but has no bore evacuator. A fully stabilized gun model (Model 4), designated the D-56TM, is also known as the PT-76B. Two other variants are discussed below.

(1) Chinese Type 63. This version has a hull similar to that on the PT-76 but has a different turret.

(2) NIMBA Upgrade Package for PT-76. The Israeli company NIMBA offers a complete retrofit package for the PT-76 LAT. The package includes a new powerpack, replacement of the 76-mm gun and the installation of advanced fire control and turret systems.

b. Recognition Features. The PT-76 has

  • six road wheels with the drive sprocket at the rear, idler at the front and no track return rollers. The first and sixth road wheel stations have hydraulic shock absorbers.
  • a single-piece driver's hatch cover that swings to the right and three periscopes mounted forward of the hatch.
  • a turret, with a circular shaped bulge on the back, placed forward on the hull.
  • an oval-shaped hatch cover on top of the turret that hinges forward and can be locked vertical. Mounted in the left side of the hatch cover is a circular cupola for the commander which houses three integral periscopes.
  • a loaders's periscope is mounted in the turret roof, forward of the hatch cover.
  • a optical sight mounted to the left of the main armament.
  • a ventilator is mounted in the turret rear. A snorkel extension piece can be fitted to the ventilator.
  • optional drum- or flat-type fuel tanks that are similar to those used on one side of the T-54/T-55 MBTs for an increase operational range.
  • a searchlight mounted on the right side of the turret and one of the driving lights may be infrared. (Some models may be fitted with a infrared searchlight on the turret.) The Soviet Naval Infantry often installs a complete set of navigation lights to the PT-76.
  • a fully amphibious capability.
  • a rectangular shaped hull with boat like front.
  • two waterjets and covers on the rear of the hull.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water.

c. Vehicle Characteristics.The PT-76 LAT has an all-welded steel hull divided into three main compartments with the driver at the front, fighting compartment in the center, and the engine and transmission at the rear The PT-76 is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by two water jets mounted at the rear. The PT-76 has a three-man crew: the tank commander (gunner), driver and loader. The turret is all-welded steel, with the commander, who also acts as the gunner, seated on the left and the loader on the right. Specifications that apply to the PT-76 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

PT-76 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Combat weight, 14,000 kg.
Length overall, 7.625 meters.
Hull length, 6.91 meters.
Hull width, 3.14 meters.
Height overall early model, 2.195 meters.
Height overall late model, 2.255 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.37 meters.
Track, 2.74 meters
Track width, 360 mm.
Track length on ground, 4.08 meters.
Fuel capacity main, 250 liters.
Fuel capacity auxiliary, 180 liters.
Maximum road range, 260 km.
Maximum road range with tanks, 450 km.
Maximum water range, 65 km.
Maximum road speed, 44 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 10 km/h.

PT-76 Armor

Hull Armor Thickness Turret Armor Thickness
Front upper, 11 mm.
Front lower, 14 mm.
Side upper and lower, 14 mm.
Rear upper and lower, 7 mm.
Top, 10 mm.
Belly front and rear, 5 mm.
Front, 17 mm.
Sides, 16 mm.
Rear, 11 mm.
Top, 8 mm.
Mantlet, 11 mm.

d. Vehicle Capabilities. The PT-76 can

  • cross a 2.8-meter trench.
  • mount a 1.1-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 70-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

e. Armament Characteristics. The PT-76 has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(1) Main Armament. PT-76 main armament is a 76-mm gun with a- rate of fire up to eight rds/min and a load of 40 rounds.

(2) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted coaxially to the main armament. Many PT-76s are fitted with the 12.7-mm DShKM anti-aircraft machine gun.

f. Countries Served. The PT-76 LAT is in service with the following countries:

Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Benin
China
Congo
Cuba
Egypt
Finland
Germany, (East)
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Hungary
Indonesia
Iraq
Kampuchea
Korea, North
Laos
Madagascar
Mozambique
Nicaragua
Poland
Soviet Union
Vietnam
Yugoslavia
Zambia

9. Mountaineers Combat Vehicle (MCV).

Figure 2-32. MLVN Mountaineers Combat Vehicle (MCV) (Romania).

MLVN Mountaineers Combat Vehicle (MCV) (Figure 2-32). The MLVN has been designed specifically for mountain terrain. It can carry an assault group of seven men in addition to a two-man crew consisting of the commander and driver. It can also be used to carry stores and ammunition in the forward battlefield area.

a. Variants. Two MLVN variants are discussed below.

(1) 120-mm Mortar Carrier. This version has a higher superstructure than the MLVN and is fitted with a 120-mm mortar that fires to the rear. A baseplate is carried on the rear of the hull for dismounted use.

(2) Abal Armored Vehicle for Combat Supply. This version is very similar to the MLI-84 but has been designed to carry ammunition in the forward area. For example: 64 rounds of 100 or 104 rounds of 76-mm ammunition with total payload of 2,100 kg. Some of the ammunition is stowed in ready use lockers in each side of the hull with external access doors. Other ammunition is stowed inside. This version does not have turret-mounted machine guns; although a 7.62-mm machine gun is mounted to the rear of the driver's position. Specifications for the Abal are similar to the MLI-84, discussed previously, except for the following: a combat weight of 10,500 kg, a width of 2.714 meters, a height of 1.90 meters, a maximum road speed of 32 km/h, a road range of 666 km, a cross-country range of 383 km and a fuel capacity of 450 liters.

b. Recognition Features. The MLVN has

  • six rubber-tired road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers.
  • a drivers single-piece hatch cover.
  • three periscopes, mounted in front of the driver for forward observation, one of which can be replaced with a night vision device.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover and three periscopes, one of which can be raised for forward observation. o a commander's external infrared searchlight.
  • a turret located in the center of the hull. o a troop compartment with rear roof hatches.
  • six firing ports (three in each side of the hull) each with an associated periscopes.
  • a door in the hull rear which has two firing ports and two periscopes as well as containing some diesel fuel.

c. Vehicle Characteristics. The MLVN has an all-welded steel hull and turret. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the left side with the commander seated to the driver's rear. Specifications for the MLVN are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

MLVN Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 7.
Combat weight, 9,800 kg.
Length, 5.85 meters.
Width, 2.87 meters.
Height to turret roof, 1.95 meters.
Height to top of hull, 1.55 meters.
Ground clearance. 0.38 meters.
Maximum road speed, 48 km/h.
Maximum road range, 680 to 740 km.
Maximum off-road range, 370 to 400 km.
Fuel capacity (liters), 360 main tank-120 door tank.

d. Vehicle Capabilities. The MLVN can

  • cross a 1.5-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.6-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 30-percent side slope.
  • ford 0.6 meters.

e. Armament Characteristics. The MLVN has two layers of armament: main and secondary.

(1) Main Armament. Main armament is a 14.5-mm machine gun.

(2) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted coaxially to the main armament.

f. Countries Served. The MLVN is in service with the Romanian Army.

10. Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (MICV).

Figure 2-33. M-980 MICV (Yugoslavia).

a. M-980 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (Figure 2-33). The M-980 MICV was designed in Yugoslavia but uses a number of foreign components; for example: the ATGW Soviet Sagger and the 20-mm cannon is manufactured in Switzerland.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. The M-980 MICV has

  • five single rubber-tired road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front, idler at the rear and track return rollers. Hydraulic shock absorbers are fitted at the first and last road wheel stations.
  • a skirt that covers the top of the track.
  • a driver's single-piece hatch cover that lifts and swings to the right to open.
  • three periscopes in front of the driver's hatch; the center one of which can be replaced by an infrared or image intensification periscope for night driving.
  • a commander's cupola with a single-piece hatch cover that open forwards and can be locked vertical.
  • an infrared searchlight mounted on the forward part of the commander's cupola.
  • a one-man turret to the rear of the engine compartment and offset to the right of the vehicle's centerline.
  • three vision blocks in the left side and rear of the turret.
  • two forward-facing periscopes and a single-piece hatch cover that opens to the rear on the left side of the turret roof.
  • a troop compartment at the rear of the vehicle.
  • two troop entry/exit doors in the rear of the hull, each of which has a firing port and a vision block.
  • three firing ports on each side of the hull, each with a periscope in the roof.
  • two oval roof hatches over the top of the troop compartment that are hinged in the center and can be locked vertically.
  • an engine that is mounted to the right of the driver with the air-inlet and air-outlet louvers in the roof.
  • an exhaust outlet in the right side of the hull.
  • a trim vane that is erected at the front of the hull before entering the water and stowed on the glacis plate when not in use.
  • smoke laying capability.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The hull of the M-980 is made of all-welded steel; although aluminum may be used in some non-critical areas. Fully amphibious, the M-980 is propelled through the water by its tracks. The M-980 has a three-man crew with the driver sitting at the front of the hull on the left in front of the commander and the gunner at the turret. Specifications that apply to the M-980 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

M-980 Measurements

Crew, 3.
Passengers, 8.
Combat weight, 13,700 kg.
Length, 6.4 meters.
Width, 2.59 meters.
Height to turret roof, 2.3 meters.
Height over anti-tank missiles, 2.5 meters.
Height to hull roof, 1.8 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.
Track, 2.47 meters.
Track width, 300 mm.
Length of track on ground, 3.484 meters.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7.5 km/h.
Maximum road range, 500 km.
Maximum cross-country range, 300-350 km.

M-980 Armor

Front, 25-30 mm.
Sides, 15 mm.
Top, 8 mm.
Floor and rear, 12 mm.
Turret front, 20 mm.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The M-980 can

  • cross a 2.2-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.8-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The M-980 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is a 20-mm cannon with a basic ammunition load of 400 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted coaxially to the main armament with a basic ammunition load of 2,250 rounds.

(c) Supplemental Armament. Supplemental armament is a twin launcher for the Soviet Sagger ATGWs with a load of four missiles.

(6) Countries Served. The M-980 MICV is in service with Yugoslavia.

Figure 2-34. BVP M80A MICV with Sagger ATGWs (Yugoslavia).

b. BVP M80A Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle (Figure 2-34). The BVP M80A mechanized infantry combat vehicle (MICV) is a further development of the M-980 and is believed to be the replacement for the M-980 vehicle discussed previously.

(1) Variants. There are no known variants of the BVP M80A; although battalion and company command versions are already in service with the Yugoslavian Army.

(2) Recognition Features. The overall layout of the BVP M80A is identical to that of the M-980, but with a few exceptions that are covered in the following paragraphs.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The BVP M80A is slightly heavier, slightly wider and higher, has a greater ground clearance and a slightly higher road speed than the M-980 MICV. Specifications that apply to the BVP M80A are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

BVP M80A Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 8.
Combat weight, 14, 000 kg.
Length, 6.42 meters.
Width, 2.995 meters.
Height to top of ATGW, 2.67 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.
Maximum road speed, 64 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 7.8 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 510 liters.
Maximum road range, 500 km.
Maximum cross-country range, 300-350 km.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The BVP M80A can

  • cross a 2.4-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.8-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The BVP M80A has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(a) Main Armament. Main armament is a 20-mm cannon with a basic ammunition load of 1,400 rounds.

(b) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm machine gun mounted coaxially to the main armament with a basic ammunition load of 2,000 rounds.

(c) Supplemental Armament. Supplemental armament is a twin launcher for the Soviet Sagger ATGWs with a load of four missiles.

(6) Countries Served. The BVP M80A MICV is in service with the Yugoslavian Army.

11. Multipurpose Tracked Vehicle (MT-LB).

Figure 2-35. MTLB (MTV) (Soviet).

Multipurpose Tracked Vehicle (MT-LB) (Figure 2-35). The MT-LB is a multipurpose soft-terrain vehicle that can be used as an APC or command vehicle, a prime mover for various types of artillery and a cargo and general transport vehicle.

(1) Variants. The MT-LB chassis has become the basis for a variety of other vehicles such as the 122-mm self-propelled howitzer 2S1, 120-mm self-propelled howitzer 2S12 and the SA13/GOPHER surface-to-air missile system. A number of other MT-LB variants are presented in the following subparagraphs.

(a) MT-LBV. This is the basic version fitted with wider (565-mm) tracks for operations in snow or swampy areas.

(b) MT-LBU. This is the command control and commander's version.

(c) MT-SON (MT-LB with BIG FRED Radar). Possibly the MT-SON and MT-LB with BIG FRED radar are the same version, mounting PORK TROUGH radar.

(d) MTP-LB. This is the field maintenance version for repair and recovery.

(e) MT-LB Armored Ambulance.

(f) MT-LBRKhM. This is a radiological-chemical reconnaissance version.

(2) Recognition Features. The MT-LB has

  • six road wheels with a large drive sprocket at the front and no return rollers.
  • a low-silhouette, box-like symmetrical shape.
  • sharp bow with a large plate bolted on top.
  • a square-shaped rear with two flat entry/exit doors that have one firing port each.
  • four firing ports on each side of the vehicle.
  • two additional, forward-opening, troop exit hatches located on the flat hull roof.
  • engine louvers behind the driver on the left side that require a metal cover during fording operations.
  • small flat topped turret on the right front that mounts a 7.62-mm machine gun.
  • one handle over each rear door.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The MT-LB is an amphibious armored tracked vehicle with a hull made of welded steel plates. The vehicle has a two-man crew consisting of the driver and commander-gunner and is lightly armed and lightly armored. Specifications that apply to the MT-LB are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

MT-LB Measurements

Crew, 2.
Passengers, 11.
Combat weight, 11,900 kg.
Length, 6.45 meters.
Width,2.85 meters.
Height, 1.87 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 450 liters.
Maximum road range, 500 km.

MT-LB Armor

Hull
7 mm.
Turret
7 mm.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The MT-LB can

  • cross a 2.70-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.70-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The MT-LB has one layer of armament: a7.62-mm PKT machine gun with a practical rate of fire of 250 rds/min and a basic ammunition load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The BVP M80A MICV is in service with Bulgaria, (East) Germany, Hungary, Poland, Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia.

12. Tank Destroyer (TD).

Figure 2-36. ASU-85 Airportable Self-propelled Anti-tank Gun.

Airportable Self-propelled Anti-tank Gun (ASU-85) (Figure 2-36). ASU is the Soviet designation for the airborne assault gun and 85 is for the caliber of the gun. The ASU-85 is the replacement for the ASU-57 57 mm, which is no longer in service with the Soviet Army. The ASU-85 is used primarily in an anti-tank role.

a. Variants. There are no known variants of the ASU-85.

b. Recognition Features. The ASU-85 has

  • six rubber-tired road wheels with a distinct gap between the first and second road wheels. The drive sprocket is at the rear, the idler at the front and no track return rollers.
  • an engine and transmission at the rear of the hull with two large square hatches in the roof for access to the engine for maintenance.
  • air inlet and outlet louvers on the top of the roof at the left rear with the exhaust outlet in the rear of the hull on the left side below the external stowage box.
  • a large metal stowage box at the rear of the hull, each side of which is a long-range fuel drum.
  • a vision block to the front of the driver with a periscope above it and another vision block in the right side of the hull.
  • a commander's single-piece hatch cover in the roof that opens forwards and can be locked vertically.
  • a periscope in front of the commander's hatch above which is an infrared searchlight.
  • a single-piece hatch cover in the roof that opens to left and has a periscope. The gunner and loader enter and leave through this hatch cover.
  • a single vision block and firing port in the left side of the hull.
  • another two hatches in the roof of the vehicle behind the forward hatches, both open forwards.
  • a single vision block is fitted in the rear of the fighting compartment on the right side.
  • a well-sloped glacis plate and splash board that prevents water rushing up the glacis when the vehicle is fording.

c. Vehicle Characteristics. The ASU-85 has no amphibious capability. It has an all-welded steel hull with the fighting compartment at the front and the engine and transmission at the rear. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the right with the commander seated behind the driver. The gunner and loader are seated on the left of the main armament. Specifications that apply to the ASU-85 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

ASU-85 Measurements

Crew,4.
Combat weight, 15,500 kg.
Length, 6 meters.
Width, 2.8 meters.
Height without anti-aircraft machine gun, 2.1 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.4 meters.
Track, 2.66 meters.
Track width, 360 mm.
Length of track on ground, 4.195 meters.
Maximum road speed, 45 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 250 liters.
Maximum road range, 260 km.

ASU-85 Armor

Glacis, 40 mm.
Sides upper, 15 mm.
Mantlet, 40 mm.
Hull top, 8 mm.
Hull floor, 10 mm.
Hull rear, 10 mm.

d. Vehicle Capabilities. The ASU-85 can

  • cross a 2.8-meter trench.
  • mount a 1.1-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 70-percent grade.
  • ford 1.1 meters.

e. Armament Characteristics. The ASU-85 has three layers of armament: main, secondary and supplemental.

(1) Main Armament. Main armament is a 85-mm D-70 gun that is mounted in the glacis plate slightly offset to the left of the vehicle's centerline. The weapon has a double-baffle muzzle brake and a fume extractor. The main armament has a basic ammunition load of 40 rounds.

(2) Secondary Armament. Secondary armament is a 7.62-mm SGMT machine gun, mounted coaxially to the right of the main armament with a basic ammunition load of 2,000 rounds.

(3) Supplemental Armament. Recently, some vehicles have been observed with a 12.7-mm DShKM machine gun mounted on the roof for anti-aircraft defense.

f. Countries Served. The BVP M80A MICV is in service with the Soviet Union.

13. Tracked Artillery Radar and Reconnaissance Vehicles.

Figure 2-37. BIG FRED Battlefield Surveillance Radar (Soviet).

a. BIG FRED (MT-LB M1975 Variant) (Figure 2-37). The Big Fred battlefield surveillance radar is one of many varieties of Threat vehicles based on the successful MT-LB chassis.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. Big Fred has

  • six road wheels with a large drive sprocket at the front and no return rollers.
  • a sharp bow with a large plate bolted on top.
  • a square-shaped rear with two flat doors.
  • a small flat-topped turret located well forward and mounting a7.62-mm machine gun.
  • a box-like symmetrical shape.
  • a prominent rear-mounted turret with a top hatch and blade-like rectangular antenna folded down when not in use.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. Big Fred is fully amphibious. The hull is of all-welded steel construction and in contrast to other MT-LB variants, does not utilize a modified or lengthened chassis. The Big Fred radar is mounted on the rear half of the MT-LB chassis. The driver is seated at the front of the vehicle on the left with the commander seated to his right. Specifications that apply to the Big Fred are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

Big Fred Measurements

Crew, 4.
Length,6.45 meters.
Height with radar, 2.85 meters.
Height to top of hull, 1.83 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.40 meters.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 6 km/h.
Fuel Capacity, 450 liters.
Range, 500 km.
Hull/turret armor, 7 mm.

Information regarding radar housing armor, is not available.

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. Big Fred can

  • cross a 2.70-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.70-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 60-percent grade.
  • climb a 40-percent side slope.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. Big Fred has one layer of armament: a7.62-mm PKT machine gun that has a practical rate of fire of 250 round per minute with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The Big Fred battlefield surveillance radar is in service with the following countries:

Bulgaria
Germany, (East)
Hungary
Poland
Soviet Union Yugoslavia.

Figure 2-38. SMALL FRED Battlefield Surveillance Radar (PRP-3).

b. Small Fred (PRP-3) (BMP M-1975 Variant) (Figure 2-38). Small Fred (PRP-3) is a highly mobile artillery reconnaissance vehicle. The PRP-3 is basically a BMP amphibious infantry combat vehicle with an enlarged two-man turret that has been moved aft a few inches, a single 7.62-mm machine gun, no cannon, no ATGMs and no firing ports.

(1) Variants. None.

(2) Recognition Features. The PRP-3 has

  • six road wheels with three return rollers.
  • a sloping front glacis with laterally placed strips of raised "ribbing."
  • two bulging, fuel containing, entry/exit doors in the rear.
  • a large two-man turret located toward the rear with a coaxially-mounted 7.62-mm machine gun.
  • a prominent rectangular-shaped folding radar antenna mounted on the rear of the turret. When folded and viewed from the side, the radar is a barely discernable bulge.

(3) Vehicle Characteristics. The PRP-3 is fully amphibious, being propelled through the water by its tracks. The hull is of all-welded steel construction with the driver seated at the front of the vehicle on the left and the commander seated to his rear. Specifications that apply to the PRP-3 are provided in the lists and paragraphs that follow.

PRP-3 Measurements

Crew, 5.
Length, 6.74 meters.
Height, 2.15 meters.
Width, 2.94 meters.
Ground clearance, 0.39 meters.
Maximum road speed, 60 km/h.
Maximum water speed, 8 km/h.
Fuel capacity, 460 liters.
Range, 500 km.

PRP-3 Armor

Hull
19 mm
Turret
23 mm

(4) Vehicle Capabilities. The PRP-3 can

  • cross a 2.0-meter trench.
  • mount a 0.80-meter vertical step.
  • climb a 30-percent grade.
  • ford amphibiously.

(5) Armament Characteristics. The PRP-3 has one layer of armament: a7.62-mm PKT machine gun that has a practical rate of fire of 250 rds/min with a basic load of 2,000 rounds.

(6) Countries Served. The PRP-3 (Small Fred battlefield surveillance radar) is in service with the following countries.

Afghanistan
Algeria
Cuba
Czechoslovakia
Egypt
Ethiopia
Finland
Germany, (East)
Hungary
India
Iran
Iraq
Libya
Mongolia
North Korea
Poland
Syria
Soviet Union
Yugoslavia

 


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