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Armored personnel carrier


Despite its age the BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier is still in service with some operators

Entered service 1966
Crew 2 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 10.2 - 10.3 t
Length 7.22 m
Width 2.83 m
Height 2.42 m
Machine guns 1 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns 500 x 14.5; 2 000 x 7.62
Engine 2 x GAZ-49B petrol
Engine power 2 x 90 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 9 - 10 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious


   The BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier is a further development of the previous BTR-60PA. This APC was produced in large numbers. Its production commenced in 1966 and ceased in 1976. For a long period of time the BTR-60PB was used to transport Soviet motorized infantry troops. It has also been exported to a number of countries. Despite its age, the BTR-60PB is still in service with at least 30 operators worldwide.

   This armored personnel carrier has a welded steel hull. Armor protection has been improved over the previous model. It provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm rounds from a 100 m range. In combat order front windscreens are covered with armored shutters. The BTR-60PB is equipped with an NBC protection system.

   The BTR-60PB is fitted with a turret, which mounts a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. It is worth mentioning that the previous BTR-60PA had no turret. This turret was originally developed for the BRDM-2 armored scout car. The 14.5-mm MG penetrates 32 mm armor plate at 500 m range.

   The BTR-60PB accommodates eight soldiers, plus the crew of two. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via side or roof hatches. There are a number of firing ports provided for the occupants.

   Engine compartment of the BTR-60PB is located at the rear of the hull. Later it appeared that such layout has some disadvantages. This armored vehicle is powered by two GAZ-49B petrol engines, developing 90 hp each. These are standard truck engines, produced in quantity. This APC also uses a number of other standard automotive components. In case of emergency, the BTR-60PB can move with one engine disabled. Also it will keep on moving without any two wheels. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. The BTR-60PB is fully amphibious. On water it is propelled by a single waterjet. Mobility of this armored vehicle allowed to operate alongside tanks.

   The BTR-60PB was replaced in production with improved BTR-70 APC. In the 1980s most of the BTR-60s in the Soviet Army were replaced by the BTR-70 and BTR-80.




   BTR-60PBK command post vehicle, fitted with additional radios and power generator. It entered production in 1975;

   BTR-60PU and BTR-60PU12, turretless command vehicles, fitted with two collapsible frame antennas and a telescopic mast;

   BTR-60PZ, improved version with a higher inclination of machine guns. It is capable of firing at a flying targets;

   1V18 Klyon-1 artillery command and forward observation vehicle, used by battery commanders;

   1V19 Klyon-2 artillery fire direction center, used by battalion commanders;

   turretless communication vehicle;

   turretless air defense command vehicle;

   signals vehicle;

   radio relay station.


Video of the BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier








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