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BTR-60

SERIES OF WHEELED ARMOURED VEHICLES

The BTR-60 series consists of eight-wheel-drive vehicles with evenly spaced wheels, except for a slightly larger space between the second and third wheels. They have long, boat-like hulls with well-sloped armor on the sides and front. The hull is of all-welded steel with the driver and commander seated at the front of the hull, personnel compartment behind them and the engine compartment at the very rear of the hull

The rear-mounted power plant employs two 6-cylinder, 90-hp gasoline engines: the first and third axles are powered through the transmission of the right engine and the second and fourth axles through the transmission of the left engine. All eight wheels, which are partially filled with a foam-rubber-like substance, are powered and the first four, which are used for steering, are power-assisted. The vehicle can be driven with one wheel missing from the second axle. A central tire-pressure regulation system fitted as standard on all BTR-60 series APCs enables the driver to adjust the tire pressure to suit the ground being crossed. The BTR-60P is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by a single water-jet mounted at the rear of the hull.

VARIANTS OF THE SERIES

    1V18 - Artillery battalion AOP/COP vehicle.
    1V19 - Artillery battery AOP/COP vehicle.
    9S482 - See BTR-60PU-12.
    9S482M - See BTR-60PU-12M.
    BTR-60 M1961/1 - Fire Support Vehicle
    BTR-60 M1961/2 - Infantry Combat Vehicle
    BTR-60 [CARDOM] - Version fitted with CARDOM mortar system.
    BTR-60 [Mortar] - Mortar Carrier
    BTR-60 [SPAAG] - Air Defence Vehicle fitted with missile launcher.
    BTR-60 [TACP-1] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60 [TACP-1 Variant 1] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-1 Variant 1A] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-1 Variant 2] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-2] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-3] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-3 Variant 1] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-4] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-4 Variant 1] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-4 Variant 1A] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-4 Variant 2] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [TACP-4 Variant 3] - Tactical Air Command Post
    BTR-60 [Vasilek] - Fire Support Vehicle
    BTR-60MBP - Artillery FOO vehicle with modified turret.
    BTR-60MS - Communications Vehicle fitted with High Ball antennae mount.
    BTR-60P - Basic open-topped armoured personnel carrier.
    BTR-60P [Command] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60P [Command Variant 1] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60P [Command Variant 2] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60P [Command Variant 3] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60P [Command Variant 4] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60P [Maintenance Associated] - See MTR-2
    BTR-60P [Variant 1] - Fitted with HMG & 2 LMG.
    BTR-60PA - Fitted with armoured roof.
    BTR-60PA [C]
    BTR-60PA [Command] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Command NVA] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Command Finland] - Finnish command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Comms Artillery Associated] - Artillery command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Comms Variant 1] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Comms Variant 2] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [Comms Variant 3] - Command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA [FAC] - FAC associated command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PA M1981
    BTR-60PAU - BTR-60PA based command/communications vehicle.
    BTR-60PB - Main production version.
    BTR-60PB [Agit/Prop] - Agitation & Propaganda vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [AML-90 Turret] - Local conversion by Djibouti Armed Forces.
    BTR-60PB [AOP] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [Comms Air Associated NVA] - Command Vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [Comms Air Defence Associated] - Command Vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [Comms Air Defence Associated NVA] - Command Vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [Comms Air Warning Associated] - Command Vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [Comms Artillery Associated NVA] - Command Vehicle.
    BTR-60PB [Comms Variant 1] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [Comms Variant 2] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [Comms Variant 3] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [Comms Variant 4] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [Comms Variant 5] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PB [CU - BMP Turret] - BTR-60PB hull fitted with BMP-1 turret.
    BTR-60PB [CU - T-54 Turret] - BTR-60PB hull fitted with T-54 turret.
    BTR-60PB [Final Production] - Special order vehicle with larger side doors.
    BTR-60PB [Fire-fighter] - Civilianised version modified to fight fires.
    BTR-60PB [Initial Production] - Initial production version with bolt-on roof to personnel compartment.
    BTR-60PB [Late Production] - Rear view episcope on turret roof.
    BTR-60PB [WAT Turret] - Bulgarian variant fitted with turret from SKOT-2AP.
    BTR-60PB-MD - Bulgarian upgrade to standard BTR-60PB.
    BTR-60PB-MD2 - Bulgarian upgrade to standard BTR-60PB.
    BTR-60PBK - Command version of the BTR060PB.
    BTR-60PBK [NVA] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [NVA Variant 1] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 1] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 2] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 3] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 4] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 5] - Command Vehicle
    BTR-60PBK [Variant 5] - Command Vehicle with rear mounted angled telescopic mast mount.
    BTR-60PB M1969
    BTR-60PB M1977
    BTR-60PK - Infantry fighting Vehicle
    BTR-60PK [AOP] - Artillery Observation Post Vehicle
    BTR-60PPM - Civilianised fire fighting version.
    BTR-60PU - Canvas roofed command/communications version fitted with Clothes Rail antennae.
    BTR-60PU - Generic name for command/communications versions.
    BTR-60PU - PA modified into command role with raer mounted angled telescopic masts.
    BTR-60PU-12 - Air Defence associated command/communications version.
    BTR-60PU-12M - Air defence associated command/communications version.
    BTR-60WS
    R-137B - Command/communications version.
    R-145 - Command/communications version.
    R-145BM - Command/communications version.
    R-156 - Command/communications version.
    R-975 - FAC command/communications version with transparent turret.
    R-975M1 - FAC command/communications version with solid turret.
    Chaika - See R-145.
    Irtish - Civilianised repair vehicle.
    kSK PU-12 - BTR-60PU-12 in Yugoslavian Army service.
    MTP-2 - Purpose-built recovery/repair version.
    MTR-2 - BTR-60P converted to repair role.
    MWS - Upgraded BTR-60PB with OH-mount turret.
    MWS-M - Imporved MWS with larger engine compartment.
    SPW-60 ABS - NVA Artillery Observation Post vehicle.
    SPW-60 AFS - Tactical Air Command Post vehicle in NVA service.
    SPW-60 AVS - Command Post vehicle in NVA service.
    SPW-60 LBT - Cable layer version.
    SPW-60 NZ(B) [Land] - NVA regimental command Post vehicle.
    SPW-60 NZ(B) [Marine] - Naval command Post vehicle in DDR service.
    SPW-60PB - BTR-60PB in DDR service.
    SPW-60PB [Late Production] - Late Production BTR-60PB in service with the NVA.
    TAB-71 - Romanian copy of BTR-60PB.
    TAB-71AR - Mortar portee
    TAB-71M - Improved version with larger engine compartment.
    TAB-71A R1 450 - Command and communications
    TAB-71A R1 451 - Command and communications
    TAB-71A R1 452 - Command and communications
    TERA-71 - Maintenance and recovery
    TERA-71L - Maintenance and recovery

    Finland, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Somalia, Syria, Turkey

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  • Eight-wheel vehicle.
  • Boat-shaped hull with short nose and two windscreens.
  • Windscreens fitted with top-hinged artmoured covers.
  • Angled-down engine decks.
  • Single split water jet cover on hull rear.

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