The PT-76 is a Soviet amphibious light tank which was introduced in the early 1950s and soon became the standard reconnaissance tank of the Soviet Army and the other Warsaw Pact armed forces. It was widely exported to other friendly states, like India, Iraq, North Korea and North Vietnam. Overall, some 25 countries used the PT-76.
The tank's full name is Floating Tank–76 (Russian: Ïëàâàþùèé Òàíê, Plavayushchiy Tank, or ÏÒ-76). 76 stands for the caliber of the main armament: the 76.2 mm D-56T series rifled tank gun.
The PT-76 is used in the reconnaissance and fire-support roles. Its chassis served as the basis for a number of other vehicle designs, many of them amphibious, including the BTR-50 armored personnel carrier, the ZSU-23-4 self-propelled antiaircraft gun, the ASU-85 airborne self-propelled gun and the 2K12 Kub anti-aircraft missile launch vehicle.
List of conflicts
1959–1975 Vietnam War
1965 Indo-Pakistani War
1967 Six Day War
1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia
1971 Indo-Pakistani War
1973 Yom Kippur War
1975 Operation Seroja ( Indonesian military operation in East Timor)
1975–2002 Angolan Civil War
1990–1991 First Persian Gulf War
1991–2001 Yugoslav wars
1991 Ten-Day War
1991–1995 Croatian War of Independence
1992–1995 Bosnian war
1999– Second Chechen War
2000 Civil unrest on the Indonesian island of Ambon
2000-2003 Indonesian military operation against the Insurgency in Aceh
2003– Second Persian Gulf War
2003- Invasion of Iraq