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BTR-152/V/K/U Armored Personnel Carrier

BTR-152V2 APC


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USSR (and many others including ex-Warsaw Pact Nations)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1950
Manufactured by: Soviet State Production Facilities
Crew: 2+17
Armament: (1) 7.62mm MG
Engine: 6 Cylinder
Miscellaneous Info: BTR is the acronym for "Bronetransporter", translated from Russian as 'armored transporter', and replaced the BTR-40 in the APC role. The main Variants of BTR-152 series:

BTR-152 = Open top, no tire pressure system and no winch;

BTR-152V = Open top, exterior tire pressure system and no winch; BTR-152V1 = Open top, exterior tire pressure system and winch; BTR-152V2 = Open top, interior tire pressure system and no winch; BTR-152V3 = Open top, interior tire pressure system, winch and infra-red driving lights.

BTR-152K = Closed Top and same specifications as 152V3.

BTR-152U = Command Vehicle and sometimes accompanied with trailer carrying power generator.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
BTR-152K Armored Personnel Carrier Photos Robert Yalden - Wiesbaden, Germany
BTR-152V1 APC Photos (Munster, Germany) Massimo Foti
BTR-152V1 APC Photos (Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
BTR-152V1 APC Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
BTR-152V2 APC Photos (2003 War and Peace Show - Beltring, UK) John Harris - Essex, UK

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"Armored Cars of the Cyprus National Guard" by T. Metsovitis Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #12)
"The Reference Page: East German BTR-152K Officer Training Vehicle Photos" by Jochen Vollert Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)

Printed

Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Israeli Military Vehicles: The First 50 Years 1948-1998 (Mouse House Enterprises) John Myszka
Jane's AFV Recognition Handbook (2nd Edition) Christopher F. Foss
Moscow Armed Forces Museum: 2010 Photo CD
Review by Patrick Keenan
Platypus Publications
Soviet Wheeled Armored Vehicles Steven Zaloga (Concord Publications)
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
BTR-152K APC Model Kit Skif 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152V1 APC Model Kit Skif 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152K APC Model Kit ICM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152V APC Model Kit ICM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
       
Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
"Czechoslovakia 1968 #2" Decals (35207) Bison Decals 1/35 Decals.  Also covers the T-62A MBT and BRDM-2 Scout Car.
BTR-152V1 Detail Set (35318) Eduard 1/35 Stainless Steel; Aftermarket Detail Set
BTR-152K Detail Set Omega-K (72043) Extratech 1/72  
BTR-152V Detail Set Omega-K (72042) Extratech 1/72  
BTR-152/ZiL-157 Replacement Wheel Set (HSR35052) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin; For all BTR-152 Model Kits.
Zil-157/BTR-152 Wheel Set (35112) Miniarm 1/35 Resin.
Zil-157/BTR-152 Wheel Set with Photo-Etched Parts (35116) Miniarm 1/35 Resin.
"Polish Army 1945-65- Vol.1" Decals (35D35) Toro Model 1/35 Decals.  Among other subjects, it covers the BTR-152 and BTR-152W1 APC.

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider
BTR-152 APC Model Photos (1/35 SKIF) Ian Young - Great Britain