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Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)

Soviet Union | 1950

"Though now obsolete by any standard, the BTR-50 series a reliable design and easy to manufacture."

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the BTR-50PK Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
1 x Model V-6 water-cooled 6-cylinder diesel engine developing 240 horsepower.
Installed Power
27 mph
44 kph
Road Speed
249 miles
400 km
The physical qualities of the BTR-50PK Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
23.2 ft
7.08 meters
O/A Length
10.3 ft
3.14 meters
O/A Width
6.5 ft
1.97 meters
O/A Height
31,306 lb
14,200 kg | 15.7 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the BTR-50 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC).
1 x 7.62mm machine gun in forward pintle mount.

1 x 57mm anti-tank gun OR 1 x 85mm anti-tank gun.
Not Available.
Notable series variants as part of the BTR-50 family line.
BTR-50P - Base Production Model; open-topped superstructure; 1 x 7.62mm machine gun in forward pintle mounting; waterjets for amphibious travel.
BTR-50PK - Enclosed crew compartment; 1 x 7.62mm roof-mounted machine gun; NBC protection.
BTR-50PU Model 1 - Command Vehicle
BTR-50PU Model 2 - Command Vehicle
BTR-50MTK - Mine Clearing Vehicle
BTR-50MTP - Technical Support Vehicle
OT-62 - Czechoslovakian-produced BTR-50PK with subtle improvements.
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The BTR-50 series of Soviet armored personnel carriers was developed in the 1950s and served for a time to good effect. The system proved to be reliable on the field and simple enough to produce in quantity therefore making it readily available and was based on the chassis of the PT-76 light tank, a system also exhibiting proven amphibious qualities carried on by the BTR-50 design as well. The system was fielded with Soviet-friendly nations during the Cold War.

At its core, the BTR-50 APC was a most fundamental design. The system was crewed by two personnel and additional seating for some 10 combat-ready infantry was available at the rear of the hull. The crew sat in an open-topped compartment which exposed them to any kind of battlefield element that could prove quite the detriment. The initial production model appeared as the BTR-50P though this was followed up by a closed-top version in the BTR-50PK. When it appeared in operational service, the BTR-50 became only the first fully-tracked armored personnel carrier system for the Red Army.

Armament of the base BTR-50P consisted of a single 7.62mm machine gun mounted on a pintle at forward hull. Beyond this, and any personal weapons carried by the crew, there were provisions for the addition of a 57mm or 85mm anti-tank gun which could be set up and fired from the rear. The later BTR-50PK featured a 7.62mm machine gun in a roof mounting.

The BTR-50 series has seen combat with Egyptian, Syrian and North Vietnamese forces during its production life. The BTR-50 appeared in a modified Czechoslovakian form with the local OT-62 designation. The BTR-50 series is no longer in service with the Russian Army though it might still serve in come capacity with other owners the world over.

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Total Production: 10,000 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - Soviet Union
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