It was first appeared in 1965. As the third modification in the BTR-60P series of APCs developed by the russians after the useful experience of wheeled APCs in second world war. BTR stands for "Bronetransporter" which means "Armoured transporter". These were employed widely by the soviet army and also by more than 30 export customers including India. It can carry a crew of 14 and is fitted with 14.5MM KPVT and 7.62 MM PKT machine guns. It is a versatile amphibious weapon platform and it also performs well in the cross country conditions. Fitted with overhead armour cover, it has three firing ports which are located on either side of troop compartment. It is vulnerable to high explosives and small arms fire. It has seen action in yom kip-pur war, in soviet invasion of afghanistan and also in the chechen and yugoslav wars. There was also a version of BTR 60 PB used as an artillery command and observation post by the east german army. It remained in production till 1976 and it was replaced by BTR 70. BTR 60 saw service with afghanistan,angola,algeria,bhutan,botswana,congo,cuba,djiboutum east germany,ethiopia,finland,India and iraq.