Vietnamese army back into service the old Soviet-made ASU-85 self-propelled anti-tank gun 12404161

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Vietnamese army back into service the old Soviet-made ASU-85 self-propelled anti-tank gun.
The Vietnamese armed force back into service the old Soviet-made ASU-85 self-propelled anti-tank gun which was used by the Russian airborne troops from 1959, to replace the ASU-57. According to Janes, Vietnam has expressed interest to purchase upgrade package for the ASU-85 from Belarus.
     
The Vietnamese armed force back into service the old Soviet-made ASU-85 which was used by the Russian airborne troops from 1959, to replace the ASU-57. According to Janes, Vietnam has expressed interest to purchase upgrade package for the ASU-85 from Belarus. Vietnamese army ASU-85 self-propelled anti-tank gun.
     

The ASU-85 was first seen in 1962 and was widely used by the Soviet, Polish and East German airborne divisions as air-portable self-propelled anti-tank gun. The most distinguishing feature of the ASU-85 is its ability to be air dropped and could also be transported by Mi-6 helicopters or military transport aircraft.

The Belarus Company Minotor has proposed an upgrade package for the Au-85 of the Vietnamese army including a new more powerful powerpack that would increase road speed from 45 to 60 km/h and cruising range from 400 km to 450 km.

Main armament of the ASU-85 consists of one D-70 gun 85mm caliber which is a variant of the D-48 85mm anti-tank gun. It can fires a full range of ammunitions as APHE and HVAP. These types of ammunitions can penetrate 192mm steel armour from an angle of60° at a maximum distance of 1,000m.

There is no turret, and the gun is mounted at the front of the hull. The gun has an elevation of +15° and depression of -4° with a total traverse of 12°. Elevation and traverse are both manual.

Second armament includes one 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and one 12.7mm DSHKM heavy machine gun is mounted to the roof of the vehicle to be used as anti-aircraft weapon.

According the SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Vietnam has received a total of 25 second-hand ASU-57 from Russia in 1970 which was the first generation of airborne self-propelled anti-tank gun. Second-hand vehicles ASU-85 could also have been supplied by Russia.
     
The Vietnamese armed force back into service the old Soviet-made ASU-85 which was used by the Russian airborne troops from 1959, to replace the ASU-57. According to Janes, Vietnam has expressed interest to purchase upgrade package for the ASU-85 from Belarus. Vietnamese army soldiers perform live firing with Soviet-made ASU-85 self-propelled anti-tank gun
 

 

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