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TAB-71 / TAB-72 (Romanian)

The TAB series APCs are similar to some of the BTR-60 and BTR-70 series APCs. 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. The BTR-60PA 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.

The TAB-73 82-mm Mortar Carrier Variant 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. 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 BTR-60PB is a variant of the BTR-60P and is essentially the BTR-60PA fitted with a machine gun turret and other modifications. 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. The turret is identical to that fitted to the Soviet BRDM-2 amphibious scout car (ASC) and the Czechoslovakian OT-64 armored personnel carrier (APC).

The 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. The 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. The high hull mounted exhausts are mounted on both sides.

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.



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