The BA-10 was a six-wheeled, armored car used by the Soviet Union during WWII. It had a gasoline powered, 50 hp, GAZ M1 Engine capable of propelling the BA-10 at speeds of up to 85.2 km/h. The chassis of the BA-10 was based on that of the GAZ-AA Truck. The engine was located at the front if the vehicle while the driver had to look out of small slits, also at the front of the vehicle.
It also had a crew of four and an operational range of about 300 km. The armor protection on the BA-10 varied from 10mm to 16mm on all areas of the car. Due to this small armor thickness and the tall silloutte, the car could easily be knocked out and the crew was left very vulnerable. The armament of the BA-10 was a 45mm main gun and two DT MGs. The weight of the BA-10 was about 4,662.9 kg and the length was 4.6 meters.
In total, forty-three rounds of 45mm ammunition could be carried within the armored car and there were six wheels/tires in total. A littler over 2,000 MG rounds could also be carried onboard. The weight of the entire vehicle was approximately 5,283.4 kg while the entire length was 4.7 meters. The width was 2 meters and the height was 2.4 meters.
The BA-10 had only one official variant that actually saw service and one that stayed only in the prototype stage. The first variant of the BA-10 was the BA-10M. It had the same turret as the T-26 Infantry Tank and another designation for it was the BA-32. An unofficial variant of the BA-10 was a turretless version that was used as an APC There was even ambulance and ammunition carrier versions. The other prototype variant was known as the BAZ and was meant to be amphibious.
The BA-10 first entered service with the Red Army in 1932 and it was used almost throughout WWII. The BA-10 was developed from ealier BA-3 and BA-6 designs and it was the last of the series of Soviet, six wheeled armored cars. The BA-10 was turning obsolete by 1941 however and service seriously declined by 1942. The first actual test of the BA-10 in combat however was during the Soviet-Japanese Border Clashes. The BA-10 was officially withdrawn from service in 1943 and well over 3,000 models. Although, some did stay in service until 1945.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Lüdeke, Alexander. Weapons of World War II. Parragon Books Ltd (2007), Page 111
- ↑ http://www.wwiivehicles.com/ussr/armored-cars/ba-10.asp
- ↑ http://www.technicamolodezhi.ru/rubriki_tm/228/1626
- ↑ http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=340