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Opens image gallery Image not available Photos not available for this variation. They had mm of armor presumably face-hardened armor and the MG version weighed 1. The gun version was 0. The two most salient identification features are the rear-mounted, rear-firing armament, and the large spotlights. The prototype These pictures appear to be taken at the same place and time as the leading picture.
None are known to survive. Is it a bit clearer? Kinnear, James. Russian Armored Cars: Kolomiets, M. Technitsky Molodyezh, Moscow via valka. Off Topic: Looks like this just broke. But I wonder how long it would have been before some clever tinkerer had fitted it with a Puckle Gun or at least a circa Mitrailleuse volley gun. Some mobile artillery supported by equally mobile fire suppression would have been a Godsend. Now instead we have M-Gators and other jeep replacement toys.
But the one the Belgians had was actually used in combat, and it worked for them. Russo-Baltic, is still sort of in the armored car business. Dartz, makers of the infamous Pombron oligarch wagon operate from the old Russo-Baltic factory in Latvia and claim some descent from Russo-Baltic. The design was based on a supersized artillery carriage with 9m diameter main wheels and a small trailing wheel for steering. D-8 was very light and reliable armored car and had quite good cross-country ability.
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The armored hull had embrasures in each side for the portable MG. Also the similar light armored car D but with welded hull was produced in by Izhora factory 25 copies. The reserve MG in the back of the hull was removed; also the shape of the hull was changed. In the modernized model of D-8 with rotating turret was developed and produced in by Izhora factory Leningrad and Vyksa factory Gorky region as FAI light armored car.
Of course, FAI had larger height and weight, but its maneuverability was the same, and fighting characteristics were much better. Its main disadvantages were the overladen suspension and quite bad cross-country ability.
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In addition the railway variant of FAI-zhd was serially produced weight 1,9 t; increased ammunition — MG shells , it had the steel railway rims, put on the standard road wheels during 30 min. But its speed and maneuvrability were not enough for the staff and reconnaissance armored car.
Thank you very much for the link! I'll try to buy some of these Russian journals about AFVs! Thanks for the very interesting link! I found there several excellent encyclopedias about WWII weapons and uniform in. It was produced in by Gorky Car Factory, copies were produced.
Army received during WWII, including with radio stations. Two modifications existed: BA copies, including with radio stations based on GAZ 4x4 army car chassis with welded armor hull and open turret closed with metal net on first models and tarpaulin awning and BAB copies, including were produced during WWII and with radio station based on GAZ 4x4 army car chassis with more broad gauge, more thick armor, more powerful engine 54 hp with better cooling and additional shock-absorbers in the front suspension.
Many armored cars were equipped with radio stations. Also the railway variant BAzhd kg weight was produced as small serial, but it had low reverse speed. Light armored car BA was much more modern design than previous Soviet armored cars, having armor plates with big slope angles and MG in open turret for AA defense. Also its cross-country ability was excellent.
BA saw the service at first near Bryansk, Voronezh in , in Stalingrad. BAs were used very widely as reconnaissance cars in tank and mechanized units, in cavalry and motorcycle regiments, also as communication armored cars and staff guard till the end of s-beginning of s. Also it was used for the defense of truck and tank columns against enemy infantry and aircrafts.
I found several mentions in the literature that Soviet commandos used BA for the raids into German and Japanese hinterlands, and captured enemy staff officers with the help of light and fast BA But some crews of BA equipped the armored car with 14,5mm AT rifle in addition to standard MG, sometimes even removed the turret. Those light armored cars were used also in s in the armies of Warsaw pact countries and China, participated in Korean War.
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Many experimental variants of BA existed: BAg , 3 copies — railway model with normal road wheels, but with additional small steel rollers at the front and behind the hull for railway movement. Armament — 1 x 7,62mm DT MG or 37mm cannon planned. Three BAe were used at the front, but they were cramped for the crews. BAz , 1 copy — winter half-track variant with caterpillars instead of rear wheels and skis on the front wheels.
Low maneuverability. BAb , 2 copies — staff armored car without turret, equipped with powerful radio station. Does anybody know the real info? Last edited by BIGpanzer on 29 Oct , edited 3 times in total. It was based on AMO-F truck chassis 4 x 2 , quite reliable and with good cross-country ability. Armored car had strengthened suspension and tires, additional fuel tank and electric starter.
Medium armored car BA was produced in by Izhora factory Leningrad — was produced.
Early models had the stern steering wheel, later it was rejected and the crew became 3 men. The turret was identical with MS-1 light tank turret. In the railway variant of BA was developed.
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BAM had new suspension and gearbox. The spare wheels were fixed at the sides of the hull and could rotate freely, helping the armored car to overcome trenches. Also removable caterpillars for the second and third axles were used for better cross-country ability. BA participated in the battles with insurgents in the deserts of Central Asia s and in the military conflict with China