Vietnamese Web resource baodatviet.vn published material that the Vietnamese People’s Army (VNA) has returned to the active service of the old Soviet 85-mm self-propelled artillery airborne ASU-85.
In May 10/2015, 168 Artillery Brigade under the Military Region conducted two rounds of water testing shot for SU-85. This is the amphibious assault guns ASU-85 road not used commonly in units Soviet paratroopers in the decade 1960-1970.
Thus, after many years of long-term archive, to date some Vietnam artillery units, including units of the military-fire gave ASU-85 self-propelled guns back staffing, training ready fight.
Amphibious assault guns ASU-85 air using PT-76 chassis, the famous swimming tank has been involved in several major campaigns, up resounding victories during the two resistance wars against the US and war border protection.
ASU-85 was redesigned rather than PT-76, it is no longer the main turrets firepower that is attached directly to the body of the tank, through which the overall height and weight reduction from the original car, special particularly suitable for the transport aircraft.
According to photos published version ASU-85 self-propelled artillery of the 168 Brigade is equipped with machine guns 12.7mm dshk-M with the park some 600 bullets, may be the most modern version of the line this cannon, NATO designation is ASU-85 M1974.
However, this version (sometimes called ASU-85M) only have the number of shells is 39 members, down slightly compared to the previous version. In the Soviet Union, ASU-85 cannon weighs 15.5 tons, fitted with cargo compartment of a variety of transport aircraft and in accordance with the ability of the hook hanging helicopter Mi-6 large as or Mi-10.
Vietnam Air Force previously had also operated a number of helicopters Mi-6 moon, contributing to a very positive move for the MiG-21 fighters to areas or airports evacuated to makeshift enemy ambush.