BTR-152.K Armoured Personnel Carrier

Soviet BTR-152.K Armoured Personnel Carrier with Armoured Roof

This BTR-152.K at the Auto & Technik Museum Sinsheim has had the armoured covers over the windows and the armoured shutters in front of the engine compartment removed to comply with the Kriegswaffen-Kontrollgesetz which regulates the ownership of armoured vehicles and weapons of war. Accordingly, tanks, armoured personnel carriers and self-propelled guns on display at museums are stripped of their armoured protection over the engine compartment and the internal crew positions. Square sections of armour are cut out of hulls and turrets, and the holes are covered by thin sheet metal or plywood. If done properly, the conversion is hardly noticeable on the outside.

Available Scale Model Kits

  • BTR-152.K APC, 1:72 MAC Distribution 72002
  • BTR-152.K APC, 1:72 ICM 72521
  • BTR-152.K armoured ambulance, 1:72 SKIF 211
  • BTR-152.K APC, 1:87 Arsenal M
  • BTR-152.K APC, 1:100 Roskopf 14

Technical Specifications

  • Designation: BTR-152.K
  • Type: Wheeled APC with Armoured Roof
  • Motor and Chassis: Truck ZIS-157
  • Speed: 75 km/h on Roads
  • Tires: 12.00-18"
  • Length: 6550 mm
  • Width: 2320 mm
  • Height: 2410 m
  • Weight: 8600 kg
  • Armour: 3-10 mm
  • Armament: 7.62 mm Machine Gun
  • 2 Crew + 13 Infantry
  • Production: 1959-1960s

Historical Employment

  • The BTR-152 series has seen service with Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China (as the type 56 APC), Congo, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Egypt, Finland, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Soviet Union, Syria, and other countries. Production ended in early 1960s, and in Russia the vehicle was replaced by the BTR-60.P series.
  • The Palestinian Authority (PA) currently has 50 BTR-152 in inventory which were supplied by Egypt in 1996 and 1997.
  • Israel used BTR-152 series vehicles, but it is unlikely that these were actually purchased from the Soviet Union. Like other Warsaw Pact equipment in the Israeli arsenal, the BTR-152s were most likely captured during the conflicts with Egypt, and Syria.

The BTR-152.K is an important armoured personnel carrier based on the BTR-152.V3, using the motor und chassis of the ZIS-157 truck. In the early 1970s, the BTR-152 was superceded by the eight-wheeled amphibious BTR-60 in the armoured personnel carrier role, although it continued to serve in the Soviet and Russian army in a variety of other roles until 1993. The BTR-152 series of vehicles was widely exported, and many of these vehicles remain in service around the world, even if they have been relegated to reserve or national guard formations.

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