OT-64A SKOT,APC(Armoured Personnel Carrier),Reconnaissance Vehicle,Indian Army
The OT-64 SKOT is an amphibious armoured personnel carrier (8×8), developed jointly by Poland and Czechoslovakia (ČSSR) well into the 1960s. Hulls and armament were supplied by the Polish FCS, while the final assembly was made in Czechoslovakia by Tatra. Deliveries commenced in 1964.
The first prototype was built in 1959. The first production vehicles were delivered in 1964 to both the Polish Army and Czechoslovak Army and many are still in use today.
Production of this APC ceased in the early 90s. This armoured personnel carrier was designated as the OT-64 in Czechoslovakia and as the SKOT in Poland. This APC is now obsolete and is being replaced with modern designs. However it is still in service with some foreign operators, including Algeria, Egypt, India, Uruguay and some other countries.
Induction in Indian Army
300 OT-64A (version fitted with BRDM-2 turret) ordered from Czechoslovakia in 1969 and delivered between 1971 and 1974.
OT-64 is basically the original version and used in the APC role. Early models were unarmed but later the vehicle was fitted with a pintle-mounted 7.62 mm light machine gun or 12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun.
OT-64A is the Improved version fitted with BPU-1 turret from Soviet BRDM-2 armoured scout car which is armed with a 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun and 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun. The OT-64A is used as the basis for several command vehicles fitted with multiple radio sets, a 1 kW generator and an antenna mast.
Design and Features
OT-64 Skot has Length of 7.44m width of 2.55m and height of 2.71 m.The APC weighs 14.5 tonne.IT has crew capacity of 2 + 18 passengers in ordinary model and in OT-64A and SKOT-2A the capacity was reduced to 2+10 passengers as it was armed with additional ammunition.
This APC is generally similar to the Soviet BTR-60P, however Polish and Czechoslovakian designers made a number of improvements to their armoured vehicle. So the new armoured vehicle became slightly superior comparing with the BTR-60P. Engine compartment is located in the middle of the hull which is quite better than a rear-mounted engine as having rear-mounted engine was the significant drawback,as troops had to dismount via hull sides and roof hatches under fire
Engine and Amphibious Characteristics
The APC is powered by a Tatra T928-14 air-cooled diesel engine, developing 180 hp.With this power it has a maixmum speed of 94 km/h with operational range of 710 km.
The Vehicle uses a number of automotive components of the tatra T813 8×8 utility truck.This APC has a centre tyre inflation system.It is fully amphibious with capability of moving in water, propelled by two waterjets.
Armament and Protection
The OT-64 SKOT is fitted with NBC protection system that provides all-round protection a against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.
As the Original version used in the APC role. So early models were unarmed but later the vehicle was fitted with a pintle-mounted 7.62 mm light machine gun or 12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun. They used to be known in the West as respectively OT-64A and OT-64B. Some 12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 heavy machine gun armed OT-64 APCs had shields around the heavy machine gun mount.
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