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BTR-50P4: Soviet Meat Chopper


The BTR-50P4 is an experimental Soviet anti-aircraft vehicle, mounting four 14.5mm KPV machine guns on the chassis of a BTR-50. The BTR-50P4 will fulfill a role similar to the American M16 GMC, providing a dense amount of heavy machine gun fire with plenty of rounds to spare, which should prove excellent at lower battle ratings. As such, I am suggesting this vehicle be at 3.7 to 4.3 battle rating in the Soviet tech tree.


In 1948, GABTU, the Main Directorate of Armored Forces, requested two vehicles, an amphibious light tank and APC, which were to share as many common parts as possible, be able to be configured for various roles, and have the capability for future upgrades. It also had to carry 2,000 kg (4,400 lb) of equipment on water. Sormovo factory No.112, the Chelyabinsk factory, and the VNII-100 research institute of the Kirov plant began a joint development on the new series of vehicles. The project manager was Josef Kotin, the man who had designed the KV and IS series of tanks, as well as the SU-152.

With its first trial in 1949, Sormovo No.122 plant's Object 101 and Object 102 failed trials for being too poor quality, and not reaching desired speeds on land or water. Sormovo No.122 factory was removed from the program. After the VNII-100 research institute failed their trials as well, the Council of Ministers of the USSR decided on 15th August 1949 that the entire development of the vehicles should be restarted, with testing being done in 1950. In 1951 and 1952, the trials were more successful, with 'Object 750' being so successful, the engineers decided to fire the 57mm ZiS-2 and 85mm D-44 field guns on top of the vehicle while it was afloat. Finally, in 1954, the vehicle, now named BTR-50, was accepted for mass production, and would be revealed publicly in 1957. The light tank design would help serve as the basis for the BTR-50, the PT-76.

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The first Object 750 prototype.

Object 750 undergoing swimming trials.

One of the variations of the BTR-50 was the BTR-50P2. This mounted a dual mount of 14.5mm KPV machine guns, and was followed up by the titular BTR-50P4, which mounted a quad mount of KPV machine guns. Due to the increase in recoil, the base and swivel of the vehicle were strengthened. Ammunition was also increased from 1,100 to 2,560 rounds. But in 1957, the ZSU-23-4 was under development, and since it had larger guns, a radar tracking system, and was fully armored, further development stopped on the BTR-50P2 and P4.


BTR-50P4 drawing

  • Crew: 4
  • Mass: 13.8 t
  • Length: 7 m
  • Width: 3.1 m
  • Height: 2.2 m
  • Armament: 4 × 14.5mm KPV machine guns, 2,560 rounds
  • Engine: 240 hp V-6 engine
  • Maximum speed: 44 km/h
  • Maximum speed on water: 10.2 km/h
  • Horsepower per ton: 17.6 hp/t

Pictures (Due to a lack of real life photos of the vehicle, a majority of these will be of a model)

What remains of the vehicle at the Kubinka Tank Museum, the machine guns have been removed.









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