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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Indian Army OT-62 TOPAS Armoured Troop Carrier [Photographs]

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On the way back from the airport the other day, was pleasantly surprised to see the troop carrier having received a fresh coat of paint. Had promised myself to click a few photographs. Since it is located at  busy traffic signal near a school, standing in the middle of the road to shoot on weekdays is a near impossibility, even early in the morning, thanks to the school.

Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]

Not being an early riser by any stretch of imagination, getting up early in the morning to go and shoot pictures was going to be a near herculean task. After a few false starts, finally managed to get up early enough today.

Some pictures I took with the Nokia C3-00's 2 MP camera. Unlike the coconut tree climber last time, no elevated area nearby over here. So unable to take any top view photographs.

Click on the thumbnails to view larger-sized images.

Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]
Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]
Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]

By stitching together some individual photographs, created panorama pictures, which follow. Have higher resolution.

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Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]
Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]
Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune] Indian Army OT-62 Topas Armoured Vehicle [Khadki, Pune]

This vehicle is placed at the traffic junction next to the All Saints High School in Khadki.

Some quick facts about the OT-62 Topas Armoured Personal Carrier [APC]:

Origin: joint venture between Poland & erstwhile Czechoslovakia

Crew: 18 (1 driver + 1 Commander + 16 passengers)

Power plant: 6 cylinder inline Diesel engine producing 300 BHP at 1800 rpm

Current Status: retired from service in the Indian Army

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In fact, the OT-62 too is located on the same stretch of the road as the MiG-23. Following the direction given to reach the MiG-23 [given in the post], if one carries on travelling ahead further around 1-2 km, you will find the APC placed at the traffic junction right next to the school.

Godspeed


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