3 Top Secret Photos of Testing First Soviet Armored Vehicle [photos]

Top Secret Photos of Testing First Soviet Armored Vehicle [photos]

Posted on March 14, 2018 by tim


In 1940s Soviet leaders felt the need to get their own armored vehicle for their personal safety. Before there were no such vehicles being produced in USSR. After the first ones were built they had to test it for the bullet shots and other types of influence. Of course the results of those tests were protected from the public and confidential with “top secret” on top of them – so that nobody could know the weak spots of the vehicles. Here are the photos now unclassified.

They took Soviet ZIS-115 vehicle and turned it into an armored car. It was used to protect leaders of the Soviet states. The insides of the car was an armored capsule which was then covered by regular cars parts so it could look like a normal ZIS car. This photo above shows “right side of the car after shooting rounds”. “Top secret” written on top.

Windows could withstand bullets too.

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3 Responses to “Top Secret Photos of Testing First Soviet Armored Vehicle [photos]”

  1. Douglas says:

    No national leader is safe. The good, the bad and the indifferent are all possible targets for assassination. Indira Gandhi was killed by her own guards. Several Roman emperors were killed by their Praetorian Guards.

  2. Muzzlehatch says:

    In the 8th picture can be seen the controls for raising and lowering the heavy window glass by means of a hydraulic bottle jack hidden in the door. A lever (operated by an aide) when worked up and down, raised the window, and a valve under it lowered it.

    • Douglas says:

      Also in that photo at the right side we see a crank handle to raise/lower the window between front seat and rear. compartment. On the left side of same photo we see, next to the side rear window, a lull strap.

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