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Nickname: "Bobik"

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BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car

BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car
BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car

BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car
BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car

BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car
BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car
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BA-64
Soviet Union's BA-64 armored car

BA-64B at the Reichstag on May 20, 1945
Soviet Union's BA-64B armored car at the Reichstag on May 20, 1945

Design

The GAZ works designed the first new armored car of World War II, the BA-64.4 It was based on the GAZ 64 Jeep.4

Most used Soviet armored car.3 The engine was a copy of the Ford Model "A".3

Some field modifications had the MG replaced by a 14.5 mm PTRD antitank rifle.3

Production

Produced at the GAZ works.2,4

  • BA-64: 3,5001
    • 1943: Soviet Arsenals3
    • End of 1941 - early 19424
  • BA-64B:
    • 19434
  • Total: 9,1104

Variants

  • BA-64:
  • BA-64B: MG was put into a turret.4 Based on new GAZ jeep.4 Chassis was wider and more reliable.4 All welded.4 Armor plates were slanted more to deflect shells.4 Four wheel drive.4
  • BA-64 with DShK 1938 MG: Mounted 12.7 mm MG on top of existing open turret. Small number built during 1944.
  • BA-64?: Prototype troop carrier.4 Could carry six soldiers.4
  • BA-64?: Command car.4 Turret was removed and frames built on top that help a radio and map boards.4
  • BA-64?: Skiing half track?.4 Front wheels replaced with skis.4 Rear wheels replaced with Kegresse half track.4

Usage

Post World War II

The BA-64 remained in service with the Soviet military until 1956.4 Some countries used them even later.4

Korean War

Some BA-64s saw combat in the Korean War.4

Specifications

  BA-64
Crew Commander, driver
21,2,3
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 5,286 lb
2.36 tons2, 2.4 tons1 , 2.5 tons3
2,450 kg1
Length 12'1,2, 12' 1"3
3.66 m1, 3.67 m2
Height 6' 2"1,3, 6' 3", 6.24'2
1.89 m1
Width 5'2,3, 5' 6"1
1.69 m1
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 8.25"2,3
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 1: 7.62 MG1
1: 7.62 mm DT MG2,3
OR 1: 7.62 mm DTM MG2
OR 1: 14.5 mm anti-tank rifle2
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 7.62: 1,0702,3
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 4 - 121, 6 - 102
Hull Front, Upper 0.59"@0°3
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 0.24"@0°3
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 0.16"@0°3
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front 0.24"@0°3
Turret Sides 0.24"@0°3
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) GAZ M1, GAZ MM1,2, Model M13
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Water2,3
Cylinders 42,3
Capacity  
Net HP 50@2,800 rpm2, 541, 803
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) Synchromesh3
3 forward, 1 reverse3
Steering Front wheels3
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline3
Octane  
Quantity 20 gallons2, 23.8 gallons3
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°3
Manual3
Speed - Road 50 mph1,2,3
80 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 280 miles2 , 217 - 348 miles1, 372 miles3
350-560 km1
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 1' 8"3
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability 30° slope3
Suspension (Type) Semi elliptical leaf spring3
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Tires 4 pneumatic2
Wheel arrangement 4x43
Wheel centers 57"3
  BA-64B
Crew 24
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 2.3 tons4
2,359 kg4
Length 12' 4"4
3.67 m4
Height 6' 2"4
1.88 m4
Width 4' 10"4
1.52 m4
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 0.3" MG4
7.62 mm MG4
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 154
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) GAZ MM4
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders 44
Capacity  
Net HP 544
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline4
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 50 mph4
80 kph4
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 350 miles4
560 km4
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Tires  
Wheel arrangement  
Wheel centers  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Profile AFV Weapons #60, Russian Armoured Cars (to 1945), John F. Milsom, 1973
  3. Tank Data 2, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, E. J. Hoffschmidt and W. H. Tantum IV, 1969
  4. World Encyclopedia of Armored Fighting Vehicles, Jack Livesey, 2006
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