The BA-64 armoured car (Broneavtomobil) was based upon the GAZ-64 jeep. It was fitted with an armoured body with sloped armour and was influenced by the German Sd Kfz 221 design.
The BA-64 was the first Soviet four-wheel drive armoured car, it could climb 30° slopes (18° in wet conditions) and cross a 900mm deep ford.
It was armed with a turret-mounted 7.62mm DT machine gun. A crew of two operated the vehicle.
As well as its sloped armour the survivability of the BA-64 was increased by the use bullet-proof tyres.
Unfortunately the BA-64 proved top-heavy and could easily overturn on rough sloped terrain.
In 1943 this was improved by widening the vehicle, this model became the BA-64B.
About 3,500 BA-64s were built during World War Two.
Chassis: GAZ-64 Field Car
Engine: 4-cylinder GAZ-64 50 hp (37 kW)
Weight: 2.3 tonnes
Main armament: 7.62mm DT machine gun
Road speed: 80 km/h
Range: 540 km
In Flames Of War
The BA-64 is the Soviet army’s light armoured car used for reconnaissance and communications work. It can be found supporting both the Motostrelkovy Batalon and Rota Razvedki. They are Fealess Trained and are Reconnaissance troops.