BTR-152A

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KB ZIS BTR-152A
ussr_btr_152a.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.0/3.0BR
SPAAClass
5 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
13 / 10 / 8Hull
0 / 0 / 0Turret
Mobility
8.6 tWeight
90 km/h forward
20 km/h back
82 km/h forward
18 km/h back
Speed
Armament
2 x 14.5 mm KPVT machine gunMain weapon
1 200 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 89°Vertical guidance
Economy
11 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
38 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 010 / 1 309/730 / 946/930 / 1 206Repair
11 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
210 Ge icon.pngAces
× (124) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.3 Sl icon.png× 1.1 Sl icon.png× 0.5 Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage BTR-152A.jpg


The KB ZIS BTR-152A is a rank II Soviet Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft gun with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A". As with any APC, it features light armour on a spacey vehicle, a good crew count, a decent gun and good mobility. Since there is no infantry to fight, the BTR is used as an AA in-game.

The BTR-152 is an APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) on a six-wheeled, open-topped truck chassis, meaning unlike the Soviet truck-mounted AA vehicles, it can survive low-caliber MG fire from ground vehicles. However, anything above 30 caliber doesn't have much trouble taking this vehicle down. It features a top-mounted twin KPVT gun mount with good traverse and elevation rate. Something to note is the presence of the two spare loaders in the back. Inexperienced players, or those who don't know the structure of the BTR-152A, tend to repeatedly shoot the cab of the truck, leaving these two crew members relatively unharmed.

General info

Survivability and armour

While armour is nothing impressive for any BR, it is in no way rubbish or useless since it protects the crew from most light ground menaces such as machine gun fire, most indirect artillery shrapnel, low-caliber HE shells and even some medium-range heavy machine gun fire. These light plates have some chances not detonating incoming APHE rounds, virtually turning them into pure AP shells. To maximize this effect, one should never face tanks up front. It is recommended to always show side armour if fired at, as from the side, modules are quite spaced out. Avoid autocannons at all costs since any of them can shred this APC in no time from almost any angle. Anyways, in most scenarios, it is better recommended to just hit the gas and avoid any incoming shots/artillery fire.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 13 mm (34-64°) Grille
13 mm (41°) Windshield
6 mm (84°) Hood
10 mm (0-22°) Main hull
6 mm (0-38°) Above wheels
8 mm (0°) N/A
Turret 6 mm (15°) Magazine
10 mm (0°) Gun rack
N/A 6 mm (0°) N/A

Notes:

  • Wheels are 2 mm thick.

Mobility

Here is an interesting feature that can provide any wise commander with a few hits: BTR-152A's speed. This light APC can carry itself over the road at breakneck speeds, provided it can ride a paved road. In good circumstances, it can reach over 80km/h and keep its good speed even while turning, due to its wheeled chassis. Offroad mobility is not bad, meaning it can easily follow medium and light tanks on any terrain, making for an effective flanker. Backwards, speed tops at -20 km/h, which is enough to get out of an ugly situation if needed. With its large wheels, this truck can cross some small trenches and rivers, where its GAZ and ZIS truck counterparts would ditch. This truck's centre of mass is quite low, allowing it to turn at high speeds without rolling.

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
8.6 N/A 90 (AB)
83 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 156 173
Realistic/Simulator 97 103
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 18.13 20.12
Realistic/Simulator 11.28 11.98

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: KPVT (14.5 mm)

This is where this truck shines over its predecessor and followers: it has a higher rate of fire and more ammunition while retaining a good armour penetration and having a fully rotating turret (where the 72-K trucks are unable fire directly in front). Each ammo loadout can effectively engage tanks' sides with relative ease (at close range) and easily shred even heavy planes. The guns can fire for 10 seconds before overheating, or ~150 bullets, half of their magazine.

14.5 mm KPVT
Capacity (Belt capacity each) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
1,200 (150) 600 -5°/+89° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 27.4 37.9 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 27.4 32.2 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
10.4 __.__ __.__ __.__

Belt statistics

Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Universal 31 27 22 17 15 13
API-T 45 42 29 21 19 17
IAI 27 26 19 16 14 12

Belt types

Belts Shell composition Combat usage
Universal AP-I, API-T, IAI This is the default belt in usage up until unlocking the API-T belt. It can effectively engage both tanks and planes but is not as good against tanks as the API-T belt.
API-T API-T, AP-I(c), IAI Once unlocked, this is the best belt for dealing with both ground and air target. 1/3 of its bullets can rip trough some side armour (close range) at this BR. Another 1/3 of this belt is specifically purposed against planes. The last 1/3 is general-purpose API-T, okay but not good against both tanks and planes
IAI IAI, API-T Specific belt for hunting planes 1/2 of this belt is IAI ammo, which has no penetration but sets fires to planes quite easily. In emergency situations, can be used against tanks.

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the BTR-152A.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
1,200 600 (+600) (+1,200) no

Usage in battles

As an AA vehicle, this thing is deadly to CAS that gets close. The MGs have good RPM and a good spread which is important in AA. As long as you lead correctly this vehicle can be used to shield you from 250 lbs - 1,000 lbs from the Allied aircraft or the 500 kgs from the Germans. If down-tiered, it should do alright against most tanks as it has quite good penetration, but if up-tiered, you need to get on the sides or rear of most tanks.

Stick close to the middle of the pack, but not too close to anyone to avoid becoming too obvious a target for tanks or aircraft. It is a good idea to stay close to the front lines, to help protect against aircraft and spot enemy tanks. It does have somewhat poor ammo capacity, so one might benefit from staying on a point to reload while swatting planes out of the sky.

This vehicle can easily be used as a frontline AA and skilled players can even flank with such a truck.

Frontline AA
Stick to allies and watch the skies. Team play is key with this SPAA since it cannot effectively destroy most ground targets from the front; it will often have to rely on ally firepower. When the battle gets hot, do not hesitate to hit the gas and reach cover while keeping an eye on the sky. Watch out for fighters since they will try to strafe this juicy open-topped target. Loading the API-T belt is recommended, as it can engage both tanks and planes (both of them can appear in sight at any moment).

Flanker
Be sneaky. Any tank can end this truck (or at least critically damage it) at any range. Use the road to maximize mobility and strike quickly. Take out tanks by their sides, empty your magazines and retreat to cover, and make sure to not stay in the same spot for too long. If the enemy knows your presence (turret turned towards you), abort flanking manoeuvres and return to the safety of the team.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good rate of fire (effective AA)
  • All ammo loads contains AP shells with at least 25 mm of penetration
  • Elevation of 89° and 360° rotating turret means very little to none AA blind spot
  • Small turret and high mounted guns make hull-down position extremely effective
  • Can fire a whole 10s before weapons jams due to heat
  • Huge magazines, reloading is rare
  • Huge ammo load means it is not likely to go dry
  • Decent damage
  • Can cross small trenches
  • Fast turret traverse and elevation
  • Small ammo racks
  • Less likely to be destroyed by ramming compared to the GAZ trucks

Cons:

  • AP rounds lose a lot of penetration between 100 and 500 m
  • Very high vehicle and large target
  • Long reload time
  • If firing continuously, can only fire half of its mag before having to unjam weapons
  • Atrocious performance in deep snow and sand
  • API-T belt only consists of 1/4 cermet round, which is the highest penetration round
  • Open-topped, vulnerable to strafing planes and artillery
  • Vulnerable to HMG and autocannons
  • Only -5 degrees of gun depression coupled with the high turret placement can make aiming at close targets difficult

History

The BTR (Russian: Бронетранспортер/Bronetransporter- or “armoured transport”) was a modified design according to the Zwas-151 truck. It features a 6x6 chassis with an additional 5 tons of sloped armour. The mobility and speed were inferior to the original Zwas-151 truck, but it relied on more protection, which was vital than speed. By 1960 the model had been significantly improved in terms of its main characteristics.

The BRT-152 became the main Soviet's armoured personnel carrier (APC) which was then replaced by the 8x8 model BTR-40 later on. The BTR-152 A was the SPAAG variant with a double ZPTU-2 or quadruple ZPTU-4 KPVT 14.5 mm heavy machine guns set up.

In terms of aesthetics, the vehicle was influenced by US and German half-tracks, while utilising regular tires instead of tracks. The engine was at the front and the radiator was protected with armoured shutters. There were 10 fire points with pistol ports allowing protection for the crew.

Media

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See also

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External links


USSR anti-aircraft vehicles
Based on trucks  GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK) · KB ZIS BTR-152A · GAZ-MM (72-K) · ZiS-12 (94-KM) · ZiS-43
Other  ZUT-37 · ZSU-37 · ▂Type 65 · ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" · ZPRK 2S6 "Tunguska"