BT-43

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BT-43
TypeArmored personnel carrier
Place of originFinland Finland
Service history
In service1943 - ?
Used byFinland Finland
WarsWorld War II
Production history
Produced1943
No. built1
Specifications
Mass11 tons
Length5.7m
Width2.1m
Height1.7m?
Crew2 - 10

Armor6-15mm
Main
armament
none
SuspensionChristie
Operational
range
155 km
Speed53 km/h

The BT-43 was a Finnish armored personnel carrier prototype, designed during the Second World War. It was developed from the Soviet-made BT-7 tank, which had been captured in large quantities during the Winter War and early Continuation War.

History[edit]

In May 1943, a request was made for an armored personnel carrier capable of carrying 20 men. It was decided to convert some BT series into BT-43 carriers. The prototype was not a great success and no further development took place. The BT-43 appeared clumsy and with a high profile, it did not look like a standard armored personnel carrier. The turret was removed, and a wooden platform was located on the modified hull. The result was more suited for the role of an armored supply carrier. It was not considered a front line type vehicle.

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