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BTR-60PB

100-mm fire support vehicle

Cuban fire support vehicle

The BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier is fitted with a complete turret of the T-54A medium tank

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 18 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 8.3 m
Hull length ~ 7.2 m
Width ~ 2.8 m
Height ~ 2.7 m
Armament
Main gun 100-mm rifled
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 4 to + 17 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 35 ~ 40 rounds
Machine guns 200 x 12.7, 3 500 x 7.62
Mobility
Engine ?
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 400 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.6 m
Trench 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   This fire support vehicle is a Cuban conversion of the Soviet BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier, fitted with a modified turret from the T-54 medium tank. It can be also considered as an armored car or tank destroyer. Its Cuban designation is unknown. Also it is unknown how many of these vehicles are in service.

   Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces operate several hundred of ageing BTR-60 armored personnel carriers, obtained from the Soviet Union in the early 60s. Some of them were converted to self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. There is also a BTR-60, fitted with complete turret of the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle.

   Vehicle has a modified hull with side hatches deleted. It is fitted with lightened, but otherwise complete turret of the T-54A. The turret has been slightly redesigned. However it still uses the gun and all subsystems of the T-54A. Turret has thinner armor, as this class of combat vehicles do not requires protection levels of medium tanks. Turret is also fitted with a rear bustle, which is probably used to store crew's gear or additional ammunition for the main gun.

   This fire support vehicle is armed with a 100-mm rifled gun. It has an effective range of 1.5 - 2 km and fires a wide range of ammunition. This fire support vehicle is efficient against all APCs, IFVs, fortifications and infantry. It can also engage medium tanks. Gun is loaded manually. Possibly vehicle is only capable of firing forward and backward, as firing to the side will result overturning because of excessive recoil. About 35 - 40 rounds are carried for the main gun.

   Secondary armament consists of coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and a roof-mounted 12.7-mm machine gun.

   Armor of this fire support vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   It is unknown weather this Cuban armored car uses two original petrol engines of the BTR-60. Or weather these were replaced with a more modern single diesel unit. Vehicle has a full-time all wheel drive and is fitted with a central tyre inflation system. Vehicle lost its amphibious capability because of increased weight. Its waterjet and trim vane were removed.

   It is worth mentioning, that turretless chassis of the T-54 medium tanks were used for another conversion. These were fitted with the S-75 (NATO designation SA-2 Guideline) and S-125 (SA-3 Goa) surface-to-air missiles in order to create mobile air defense platforms.

 

Video of the Cuban fire support vehicle

 
Cuban fire support vehicle

Cuban fire support vehicle

Cuban fire support vehicle

Cuban fire support vehicle

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