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BTR-70 Armored Personnel Carrier


Statistics

Country of Origin/Used by: USSR (and Many Others)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1978
Manufactured by: Gorky Automotive Plant
Crew: 2 +9
Armament: Main: 14.5mm HMG; Co-axial: 7.62mm MG
Engine: (2) 6-Cylinder Petrol
Miscellaneous Info: BTR is the acronym for "Bronetransporter", translated from Russian as 'armored transporter'. The BTR-70 was an improvement to the BTR-60PB APC, and replaced it in production.  This vehicle was succeeded by the BTR-80 APC.  Some BTR-70's were upgraded with turrets from BTR-80 APC's, which although had the same armament, were more effective due to a higher possible gun elevation level.

Variants include the BREM (Turretless) Recovery Vehicle, BTR-70Kh Chemical Recon Vehicle, BTR-70MBP Artillery Command Vehicle, BTR-70MS (Turretless) Communications Vehicle and BTR-70ShM Command/Staff Vehicle.
Data Sheet Available:   None Available

Photos

Reference Source/Provider
BTR-70 APC Photos - (From Munster, Germany) Massimo Foti
BTR-70 APC Photos - (From Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge - Salisbury, UK

References Available

Online

Reference Source/Provider
"Detailing the Dragon BTR-70"  By Paul Bird Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #13)
BTR-70 APC Photos and Information Federation of American Scientists Website
BTR-70 APC Photos Global Security.Org Website
BTR-70 APC Photos and Information Military Factory Website

Printed

Reference Author
Blue Helmets Under Fire, The (Concord Publications) Samuel Katz & Yves Debay
BTR-70 In detail (G 023) Wings & Wheels Productions
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
IFOR: Vehicles of the Multinational IFOR Peace-Keeping Operation (1995-96) (Tankograd Publications) Carl Schulze
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (Fourth Edition) Christopher F. Foss
Soviet Wheeled Armored Vehicles (Concord Publications) Steven Zaloga
Wheeled Armoured Fighting Vehicles In Service B.T. White

Hobby Modeling

Kits and Accessories

Model Kit Manufacturer Scale Other Information
BTR-70 (Early Production) APC Model Kit (72164) Ace Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 (Late Production) APC Model Kit (72166) Ace Models 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Model Kit DML/Dragon 1/35 Plastic
BTR-70 ('Afghanistan M1986' Version) APC Model Kit DML/Dragon 1/35 Plastic; Includes a few extra goodies to make into a late period Afghanistan Conflict vehicle (most notably a BTR-80 Turret)
BTR-70 ('NVA' Version) APC Model Kit (3063) Revell of Germany 1/35 Plastic; Release of Dragon Kit.
BTR-70 APC Kit -Early Version (01590) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Kit -Early Version (07137) Trumpeter 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Kit -Late Version (01591) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Kit -Late Version (07138) Trumpeter 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Kit - Afghanistan Version (01593) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-70 APC Model Kit (3556) Zvezda 1/35 Plastic; Re-release of the Dragon BTR-70.
BTR-70 APC (1979-1989 Afghanistan' Version) Model Kit (3557) Zvezda 1/35 Plastic; Re-release of the Dragon BTR-70 (Afghan Version Kit).
BTR-70 APC Model Kit (50115K) Gaso.Line 1/48 Resin; Also a pre-built and painted kit (50115AN)
BTR-70 APC Model Kit (V002) Planet Models 1/72 Resin and Photo-Etched Brass
       
Aftermarket Item Manufacturer Scale Other Information
BTR-70 Add-On Armor Set (7266) Ace Models 1/72 Photo-Etched Brass. For Ace Models Kits.
BTR-70 APC Sagged Wheel Set (DW35013) DEF Model 1/35 Resin; For the Zvezda model kit.
"MVD & Other Markings (Caucasus) Part 2" Decals (D356191) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decal Set.
"Ukrainian AFV's (Ukraine-Russia Crisis) Pt 6: BRDM-2, BRDM-2RKhb, 2S3, BTR-70, BTR-80 & T-64B" Decals (D356215) Echelon Fine Details 1/35 Decal Set.
BTR-70 Detail Set (35178) Eduard 1/35 For Dragon Kits
BTR-70 Detail Set (35747) Eduard 1/35 For Zvezda Kit
BTR-70 (Early) APC Detail Set (E35160) ET Model 1/35 Photo Etched Brass.  For Trumpeter Kit 01590.

Russian BTR-70 APC Weighted Road Wheels - Type 1 (ER35-049)

ET Model

1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kits

Russian BTR-70 APC Weighted Road Wheels - Type 2 (ER35-050)

ET Model

1/35 Resin; For Trumpeter Model Kits
BTR-60/70/80 Wheel Set (35082) Hussar Productions 1/35 Resin.
BTR-70 Wheel Set (35041) MiniArm 1/35 Resin.
14.5mm KPTV & 7.62mm PKT Machine Gun Barrels and Smoke Discharger Set (MJS312) Model Point 1/35 For BRDM-2, BTR-70 and BTR-80 Model Kits
BTR-70 Road Wheels (RE35-443) Panzer Art 1/35 Resin.
BTR-70 APC Light/Lense Set (SKP216) SKP Models 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter series of models.
BTR-70 Early Replacement Wheels (236) SP Designs 1/35 Resin; For BTR-70.
BTR-70/80 (Closed Hub) Replacement Wheels (238) SP Designs 1/35 Resin; For late BTR-70 or BTR-80 Kits.
BTR-70/80 (Open Hub) Replacement Wheels (237) SP Designs 1/35 Resin; For late BTR-70 or BTR-80 Kits.
"Balkan Peacekeepers #1" Decal Sheet (35-987) Star Decals (was Bison Models) 1/35 Decals; Covering Ukranian BTR-70 APC's.
"South Ossetia War 2008 #1" Decal Sheet (35-985) Star Decals (was Bison Models) 1/35 Decals; Decals for one Russian BTR-70M APC.
"Soviet in Afghanistan Part 3 -BTR-70 (35-881) Star Decals 1/35 Decals; Decals for one Russian BTR-70M APC.

"Afghan AFVs - Northern Alliance/Taliban/ANA" (35-859)

Star-Decals

1/35

Decals; Includes Markings for the BRDM-2, BRDM-2 Sagger (9P122), BTR-70 with ZU-23-2 gun & UAZ-469 with Recoilless Rifle.

"Soviet and Russian Naval Infantry Part 2" (35-C1055)

Star-Decals

1/35

Decals; Includes Markings for BTR-60PB, BTR-70, BRDM-2, BRDM-2 Konkurs & PTS-M

BTR-70/80 (Closed Hub) Replacement Wheels (355002) Tiger Model Designs 1/35 Resin.
BTR-70/80 (Open Hub) Replacement Wheels (355003) Tiger Model Designs 1/35 Resin.
BTR-70 - Early Production Armored Personnel Carrier Detail Set (PE35538) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass; For Trumpeter kit 05190
BTR-70 - Late Production /SPW 70 Armored Personnel Carrier Detail Set (PE35582) Voyager Models 1/35 Photo-Etched Brass; For Trumpeter kit 05191

Model Photos

Reference Source/Provider