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BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle


Country of Origin/Used by: USSR (and many other countries)
First Produced/Service Dates: 1951
Manufactured by: GAZ, Soviet State Factories
Crew: 2+?
Armament: (2) 14.5mm KPV machine guns
Engine: (6) Cylinder Gasoline
Miscellaneous Info:

The BTR-40A fire support/anti-aircraft vehicle was developed concurrently with the BTR-40 Scout Car although came into service a little later. 'BTR' is the acronym for "Bronetransporter", translated from Russian as 'armored transporter'.  Although many sources state that this solely a SPAAG system, the intended Soviet role was also to use for ground fire support.

There was only one variant of this vehicle, the BTR-40A ZhD rail fire support vehicle.  This variant was only produced in very small numbers.

Data Sheet Available:   None Available


Reference Source/Provider
BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle Photos (Laotian) Dave Haugh - Content Editor
  BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle Photo (Russian) Dave Haugh
    BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle Photos (Vietnam) Dave Haugh

References Available


Reference Source/Provider
BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle Information and Photos Army Guide.com Website


Reference Author
Encyclopedia of Armoured Cars Duncan Crow & Robert J. Icks
Jane's Tank Recognition Guide (Fourth Edition) Christopher F. Foss
Russian Armored Cars (1930-2000) James Kinnear (Greenhill Books)
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
Accessory/Aftermarket Set Manufacturer Scale Other Information
BTR-40 Scout Car Wheels (35011) Custom Factory 1/35 Resin
BTR-40A Fire Support Vehicle Conversion (F3036) MMK Model 1/35 Multi-Media; For Trumpeter Model kit

Model Photos

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