Specifications of the BMP-3 IFV, Mainstay of the Russian Army's Multi-Functional Combat Vehicle

Specifications of the BMP-3 IFV, Mainstay of the Russian Army's Multi-Functional Combat Vehicle
Specifications of the BMP-3 IFV, Mainstay of the Russian Army's Multi-Functional Combat Vehicle

International Military - BMP-3 IFV qualifies as a multifunctional combat vehicle that is usually relied on by Russian infantry forces. The BMP-3 IFV is a reliable infantry fighting vehicle with state-of-the-art systems and equipment for continuous troop support on the battlefield.

In general, BMP stands for Boevaya Mashina Pekhoty or Infantry Combat Vehicle, aka Infantry Combat Vehicle. The BMP-3 began production in the late 1980s by Kurganmashzavod of Kurgan to replace its predecessors, the BMP-1 and BMP-2.

Quoted from the Roe.ru page, BMP-3 IFV or Infantry Fighting Vehicles are multifunctional combat vehicles, a combination of infantry fighting vehicles, tank destroyers, fire support vehicles and amphibious personnel carriers.

The BMP-3 IFV is equipped with a 100mm cannon missile launcher main weapon, a 30mm automatic cannon and a 7.62mm machine gun integrated into the weapon station. Plus, two 7.62 mm hull machine guns.

The BMP-3 IFV has a crew of 3 and is capable of carrying 7 infantry personnel, and weighs 18.7 tonnes. The BMP-3 IFV uses a V-shaped UTD-29 diesel engine, which produces 500hp so it can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h and a range of 600 km.

The BMP-3 IFV uses an efficient air conditioning system that makes the vehicle more comfortable for personnel in all weathers. As an amphibious vehicle, the BMP-3 UFV is capable of crossing waters at a speed of 10 km per hour.

The BMP-3 IFV features a modern SOZh-M sighting system with Vesna-K or Sodema for added day, night and low visibility operability. Optionally with the AST-B automatic target finder, the BMP-3 IFV can deliver aimed fire while moving off-road at speeds of up to 30 km/h and from under water.

The BMP-3 IFV can fire the 3UBK10 anti-tank guided missile, which consists of a 9M117 beamriding laser guided missile and a container. This missile has a range of 100 meters to 4,000 meters. The hit probability is at least 0.8 with 600 mm armor penetration and an ammunition load of eight rounds.

For protection, the BMP-3 IFV uses the Arena series of defense aids, developed by KBM Kolumna. The system consists of a target detection and tracking radar, computer and processing unit, and protective ammunition.

The BMP-3 IFV is equipped with the Shtora defense assist system to engage anti-tank guided weapons with SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line-of-sight). The hull and turret are clad in steel and aluminum alloy.

Here are the specifications for the BMP-3 IFV:

  • Crew: 3 (driver, commander, and gunner) + 7 passengers
  • Length: 7.14 m (23 ft 5 in)
  • Width: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
  • Height: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
  • Weight: 18.7 tonnes (20.6 short tons)
  • Powerplant: UTD-29M diesel engine, 450 hp
  • Speed: 70 km/h (43 mph) on land, 10 km/h (6.2 mph) in water
  • Range: 600 km (370 mi)
  • Armor: composite and explosive reactive armor
  • Armament:

    • 100 mm 2A70 semi-automatic rifled gun/missile launcher with 40 rounds
    • 30 mm 2A72 automatic cannon with 500 rounds
    • 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun with 2,000 rounds
    • 2 x 9M113 Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM)

The BMP-3's armament allows it to engage a variety of targets, from infantry and light vehicles to tanks and low-flying aircraft. Its amphibious capability allows it to operate in aquatic environments and cross water obstacles, making it well-suited for amphibious operations.

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