OverviewThe ASU-85 is a Soviet airborne self-propelled gun / tank destroyer based on the PT-76 chassis.
Early ASU-85 models were open-topped. Serial production was ordered for 1958, but the Ministry of Defense ordered for an armoured roof to be added. Series production started in 1961.
Prototype in 1953.
The Nationale Volksarmee received 20 vehicles in 1964.
Ludowe Wojsko Polskie received 31 ASU-85s in 1966, all were assigned to the 35th Self-Propelled Artillery Squadron (Polish 35. Dywizjon Artylerii Samobieżnej) of the 6th Pomeranian Airborne Division (Polish: 6. Pomorska Dywizja Powietrzno-Desantowa). All were withdrawn in 1976.
The Soviet Airborne Forces operated the ASU-85 for a short time before being withdrawn.