ACE-72110 1/72 PRP-3 Soviet Mobile Reconnaissanse and Radar Vehicle model kit
PRP-3 - mobile reconnaissanse and radar vehicle was designed on BMP-1 chassis and has been observed attached to 152mm 2S3 and 122mm 2S1 self-propelled units. It is used as an artillery fire adjustment and/or artillery/mortar locating vehicle, as these battalions already use the ACRV-2 Model 2 for the command post/observation role. The front of the vehicle is identical to the BMP-1 but the vehicle has a new two-man turret which has two single piece hatch covers opening forwards. They both have periscopes for observation plus a large optical device in front of the hatch. Armament consists of a 7.62 mm machine gun. Mounted on the rear of the turret is a radar with a flat antenna thatfolds forwards when not operating. To the rear of the turret on the left side is a further circular hatch cover and a telescopic antenna. The 'Small Fredi' radar operates in the j-band, with a detection range of 20 km and a tracking range of 7 km. This version is believed to have a crew of five. This model is known as the PRP-3 or the BMP M1975 surveillance vehicle, by the US Army. It has a five-man crew and is fitts with extensive communications equipment and optical devices.
Ace 1/72 PRP-3 Soviet Mobile Reconnaissanse and Radar Vehicle model kit. Pic.1
Scale of issue is one per towed or self-propelled howitzer battalion with another vehicle attached to the target acquisition battery of the artillery regiment.
The hull of the BMP-1 is made of all-welded steel which provides the crew with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver sits at the front of the hull on the left side and has a single piece hatch cover that opens to the right. The commander is seated behind the driver and has a cupola that can be traversed through a full 360°.An infra-red searchlight is mounted on the commander's cupola and controlled from inside the vehicle. The engine and transmission are to the right of the driver's and commander's positions with the steering system at the front of the hull. Main armament is a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun which is fed from a continuous belt of 2000 rounds honeycombed in an ammunition box. The PRP-3 is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by its tracks.