In 1961, appeared the ASU-85 self-propelled gun, designed specifically for the Soviet airborne forces. Initially was called SU-85, but the name was changed not to be confused with the tank destroyer that fought in WWII. A 85mm D-70 gun was mounted on a PT-76 light tank chassis in a “casemate” type mounting instead of a rotating turret. This assembly had the disadvantage of having a limited traverse of only 12 degrees on each side. It could be transported by MiL Mi-6 “Hook” and MiL Mi-10 “Harke” transport helicopters and by An-12 “Cub” tactical transport aircraft, which allowed them to be deployed almost in any theater of operations. They could be launched in flight providing multiple parachutes and a retro-rockets braking system that stopped their fall few meters before touching the ground. They were used by the Soviet , Polish and East German Armies, and currently it is only used by the Vietnam Army, which recently modernized them.

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Country of origin

Soviet Union


Mytishchi Machine Building Plant (MMZ)


Self-propelled gun – Assault gun

Entered service




Combat weight

15,500 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

8.49 x 2.80 x 2.10 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: 45mm

Power plant

1 x YaMZ.206V diesel engine, 210 hp


44 km/h


260 km


1 x 85mm D.70 gun + 1 x 7.62mm PKT coaxial MG


40 x 85mm rounds

Shell range

HEAT and HVAP-T: 1,000 meters – HE: 10 km


248 were in service in the Soviet Union and 31 served inEast Germany and Poland