Reconstructing Cars and adding Armor

Military cars cannot be functional unless it is armored. They need to have the right equipment like a machine gun, cannon armament and must definitely have a body that is armored. BA 20 and 10 were especially popular in the Soviet Union and were built before the war. Car armor is a necessity for military vehicles. BA 10 was however regarded as average amongst all the other vehicles that were armored. Their weight varied between 4 and 8 tons, but the other variant BA 20 is lighter and weighs close to 4 tons.

Between the years 1938 and 1941 the BA 10 was in service, and was regarded as being among the best armored cars. The red army made use of these vehicles especially.

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The armored vehicles in the military have come a long way since its first advent. Car armor has never been more sought after than now.  The cab portion of both the BA variants was made by welding armored plates that were rolled, and were of different thicknesses. They were also rationally angled on every side. The armor on the side of the BA 10’s body was about 8-9 mm thick and the BA 20 had a thickness of 4-6 mm. This is the reason for the difference in the weight of these two cars. Their performance too varied accordingly.

There were always guns and weapons that were installed on military vehicles as they were all war machines. The BA 10 had a 45mm tank gun that was placed on the tower of the vehicle. Car armor is also important for the fact that any military vehicle has to be efficiently protected from its enemy’s attacks. There was also a DT gun close to the tank one. At the hull there was a second gun, which too was a machine gun. Four people were included as the crew of the BA 10.

The BA 20 had only one gun with a caliber 7.62 mm, and this was a machine gun placed on top of the tower part of the vehicle. Car armor calls for the installation of such devices as without them it is of no use. 1386 rounds of firing was its ammunition. This was inclusive of 63 cartridges and 22 discs. The crew was smaller and had 2 or 3 people at the maximum. A radio station was also installed within the car.

Much later in the Finnish war both of these BA variants took part and were also part of the Great Patriotic War. The BA 20 has been a part of reconnaissance battalions and was of great use in it.  Car armor is not an easy construction. It takes great skill to engineer something like that. The BA 10 had a different task and attacks in lieu with infantry were its specialty.

Nevertheless armored vehicles have evolved quite a lot in the recent times, but its most effective variants in the history of armored cars in military were the BA variants and they carried out every task efficiently.