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BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier Series



Country of Origin/Used by: USSR (and many others including ex-Warsaw Pact Nations)
First Produced/Service Dates: BTR-152 =  1950
BTR-152V = 1955
BTR-152K = 1959
Manufactured by: Soviet State Production Facilities
Crew: 2+17
Armament: Front Roof: (1) 7.62mm Machine Gun or 12.7mm Heavy MG. Also, up to three (3) additional weapons can be mounted on the sides/rear of the roof.
Engine: 6 Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info: The BTR-152 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) was the first post-World War Two wheeled armored transport vehicle built by the Soviet Military.  It was developed to replace the BTR-40 Scout Car in the APC role (only). 'BTR' is the acronym for "Bronetransporter", translated from Russian as 'armored transporter'.  The first versions of this APC were built on a shortened chassis of the ZIS-151/ZIL-151 2 1/2 ton truck and later ones were built using the components and chassis of the improved ZIL-157 truck. Finally, the last vehicles were reportedly built using the ZIL-130 truck as the base.

The series was consistently upgraded over time and were built in a few main production "marks".  They are the BTR-152 (Open top, no tire pressure system and no winch), the BTR-152V (Open top, exterior tire pressure system and winch), BTR-152V1 (Open top, interior 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), the BTR-152K (Closed Top and same specifications as 152V2) and BTR-152K1 (The same specifications as the K, but with winch).

Other variants of this series are the BTR-152B & I Artillery Command Vehicles, BTR-152S Command & Communications Vehicle (for Infantry Commanders), BTR-152U Command Vehicle, BTR-152C Communications Vehicle and BTR-152A, D & E Fire Support Vehicles. The BTR-152 was succeeded by the BTR-60 APC Series, although it served well after with Warsaw Pact and client states.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
BTR-152K1 APC Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen - Orleans, Ontario Canada
  BTR-152K1 Armored Personnel Carrier Photo Roger Greenaway - Frankfurt, Germany
BTR-152K1 APC Photos Robert Yalden - Wiesbaden, Germany
BTR-152V APC Photos (Saumur, France) Christophe Jacquemont - France
BTR-152V APC Photos (Saumur, France) Dennis Trowbridge - Bristol, UK
   BTR-152V1? APC Photo (Iraq-1963) Dave Haugh - Content Editor
BTR-152V1 APC Photos Patrick Keenan - Editor
BTR-152V1 APC Photos (Taken at the Australian Armour & Artillery Museum - Cairns) McKenna - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
BTR-152V1 APC Photos Ian Young - Great Britain
BTR-152V2 APC Photos Major (Retired) Don Allen
BTR-152V2 APC Photos (Munster, Germany) Massimo Foti
BTR-152V2 APC Photos (2003 War and Peace Show - Beltring, UK) John Harris - Essex, UK
BTR-152V2 APC Photos Robert Skipper
  SPW-152 APC Photo (East German) Roger Greenaway

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
"Armored Cars of the Cyprus National Guard" by T. Metsovitis Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #12)
BTR-152 APC Information & Photos Army-Guide.com
BTR-152 APC Information & Photos Global Security.org
BTR-152 APC Information & Photos Military-Factory.com
BTR-152 APC Information & Photos Tank Nut Dave.com
BTR-152 APC Information & Photos Tanks Encyclopedia
"The Reference Page: East German BTR-152K Officer Training Vehicle Photos" by Jochen Vollert Armored Car - The Wheeled Fighting Vehicle Journal (Issue #33)


Reference Author
BTR-152 In Detail (Wings & Wheels Publications) Frantisek Koran
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)
  "The Transporter" (December 2019 Issue of Classic Military Vehicle Magazine) David Garden
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 ICM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152K APC Model Kit Skif 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152K1 APC Model Kit (09574) Trumpeter 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic
BTR-152V APC Model Kit ICM 1/72 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152V1 APC Model Kit Skif 1/35 Injection Molded Plastic.
BTR-152V1 APC Model Kit (09573) Trumpeter 1/35 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