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The asu-57 was a small, lightly constructed soviet assault gun specifically designed for use by soviet airborne divisions. from 1960 onwards, it was gradually phased out in favour of the asu-85.
the asu-57 was designed to be a light-weight assault gun that could be air-dropped and deployed by rocket-assisted parachute (pp-128-500 or p-7) along with the troops. it was lightly armored and armed with a 57 mm gun ch-51, a development of the world war ii zis-2 but with some similarities to the ch-26.
the asu-57 was a successful design that saw service with soviet airborne divisions for around 20 years before being replaced by the asu-85. during its years of operation, 54 vehicles would have been assigned to each airborne division. one main drawback was the vehicle's welded aluminum hull, which offered little protection for the crew. however the vehicle gave lightly armed airborne troops mobile artillery support on the battlefield.
every vehicle was equipped with a 10rt-12 radio and a tpu-47 intercom system. late-production models (from 1961) replaced these with the r-113 and r-120 respectively, and also had a tvn-2 night vision device for the driver.
in service 1951 – late 1960s (ussr) used by
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