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BMP-3 - Variants

Feedback from the United Arab Emirates use of the AIFV has pushed the Russians to develop a new version of the BMP 3 called Dragun. This variant has a motor at the front and a ramp for the rapid deployment of the soldiers in the rear.

On 14 October 2015, according Albert Bakov, first vice president and co-owner of the Tractor Plants Concern, the Russian Defense Ministry may allocate extra funding for developing the new version of the BMP-3 Dragoon infantry fighting vehicle. "The Defense Ministry is interested in those vehicles," Bakov added. "Once we’re through with the trials, we’ll hold talks with them."

He stressed that the Dragoon has no imported components. The newly developed version also differs from the baseline BMP-3 in that its powerplant is located in front and the landing compartment is fitted with a ramp. The Dragoon must receive a "Terminator" combat module armed with 2A70 100mm caliber gun, 2A72 automatic 30mm gun and PKT 7.62mm caliber machinegun.

Bakov said the model demonstrated early in September at the Russia Arms Expo-2015 Defense Exhibition in Nizhny Tagil is not the Dragoon’s final version. What is now mounted on the turret, will be put away, as much as possible, in the body since all "the protruding parts" will become an easy target for enemy’s munitions," he said. "I think the process will take at least a year," Bakov added.

He also said that NATO specialists "very carefully examined" the BMP-3’s new versions, Dragoon and Derivation, armed with the 57mm gun in Nizhny Tagil. "They did so, however, not because they wanted to buy them, as you well understand," Bakov added.

  • The BMP-3K is a commander's infantry fighting vehicle , developed on the basis of the BMP-3 and is intended for operations as part of a subunit, battle control, communication with other subunits and with higher command echelons. The main tactical and technical characteristics and weapons are similar to those of the BMP-3. The vehicle is equipped with navigation equipment, two radio stations, a receiver, intercom equipment for seven subscribers, an autonomous generator and a radar transponder. Radio station R-173 , communication range up to 40 km. Bow MGs are removed. Added radios are R-159, R-143 and R-174. The 1PN71 thermal sight (3.7x/11.5x) has an acquisition range against tanks of 3.0 km. The 1D14 laser rangefinder (73x and 18x sights) has a day light only acquisition range of 10.0 km. The 1PN61 passive image intensifier night sight uses a laser illuminator. In the passive mode, the Generation II (7x) sight has a night acquisition range of 1.2-1.5 km. Using the active laser pulse illuminator, the acquisition range can be extended. Tall Mike Radar has an operating band I (9.0 GHz), and detection ranges: 3.0 km against personnel, 12.0 against moving vehicles.
  • The BMP-3F is a Marine Corps Fighting Vehicle, created on the basis of the BMP-3 and is intended for combat operations by Marine Corps units, border and coastal troops in the coastal zone, on the coast and during the amphibious assault. BMP-3F retains all the unique features of the BMP-3 IFV while incorporating advanced design solutions for the Marines and other Sea borne units successfully accomplishing amphibious assault missions. The BMP-3F IFV is equipped with a 100mm cannon-missile launcher, 30mm automatic cannon and 7.62mm machine gun integrated in a weapon station, as well as two 7.62mm hull machine guns, and the options for the sighting systems are the same as for the BMP-3 IFV. The main difference is the augmented amphibious capability due to clever design solutions such as oblongated snorkel, lightweight screens and visors, which allow Sea borne units to stay at Sea for a long time (up to Sea State 3 and deliver accurate fire at Sea State 2), and successfully conduct assault operations on the enemy’s shores. BMP-3F fulfills combat and transport tasks both on the ground and in the water. The IFV can disembark from a landing vessel off shore directly into the water and embark it again after successfully accomplishing amphibious assault missions.
  • BMP-3M is an improved modification of the BMP-3. It surpasses the base version in mobility and firepower thanks to the installation of a new turbocharged UTD-32T engine with a capacity of 660 hp. from. and an improved fire control system that allows you to recognize targets and conduct aimed fire at long ranges and speeds. It is distinguished by increased security due to the installation of additional armor screens and the Arena-E active protection complex , which protects the vehicle from guided and unguided anti-tank missiles and enemy grenades. LMS allows you to automatically recognize, track and attack targets in motion. The target recognition range of the tank type is 4500 m. Installed side screens protect against damage by armor-piercing bullets of 12.7 mm caliber , and also reduce the impact of the cumulative jet. The landing of the soldiers is carried out through the aft hatch, which is somewhat complicated by the need to crawl the landing through the engine.
  • The BMP-3 with the " Shtora-1 " optical-electronic countermeasures complex provides effective protection of the vehicle from being hit by ATGMs with semi-automatic and automatic guidance systems. The high efficiency of the complex was confirmed during the IDEX-2003 exhibition at the Makatra test site. When firing at the vehicle with various ATGMs from a range of 3000 m, none of the missiles reached the target.
  • BMP-3 with reactive armor "Cactus" was demonstrated at the exhibition in Omsk in 2001. Blocks of reactive armor, insensitive to a bullet of 12.7 mm, located on the side and frontal parts of the hull and turret, together with rubber-fabric and lattice screens. Additional protection significantly increases the survivability of infantry fighting vehicles in the context of the use of light anti-tank weapons with cumulative warheads. The armament complex, fire control system, internal layout, engine compartment are similar to the base model. Due to the increase in mass, the BMP of this modification cannot float. When the additional protection is removed, this ability returns, as the jet engines are preserved. The machine has larger dimensions in width (up to 3.97 m ) and body length (up to 7.16 m ).
  • BMP-3M "Dragoon" with the BM 100 + 30 module
  • BMP-3 combat unit " Bakhcha-U " has a modern management system of fire and a single mechanism of loading the new ammunition guided and unguided 100-mm rounds. The 9M117M1-1 "Arkan" guided missile ensures the defeat of modern tanks with reactive armor at a range of up to 5500 m (according to some sources - 6000 m ). The ZUBK23-3 round with an ATGM has a mass of 21.5 kg and a length of 1185 mm . The new 100-mm high-explosive fragmentation round ZUOF19 has a firing range of 6500 m and, in comparison with the standard projectile, its effectiveness and dispersion is 2.5-3and 2 times better, respectively. The use of the new 30-mm armor-piercing sabot projectile 3UBR8 "Kerner" significantly increases the effectiveness of firing at lightly armored targets.
  • BMP-3M "Dragoon" - modernization of the BMP-3M. The engine-transmission compartment was moved forward and the troop compartment was rearranged; the landing is made through the ramp. The power plant is a variant of the UTD-32 type engine with a capacity of 816 liters. from. turbocharged, four-stroke, direct injection, liquid-cooled, multi-fuel, dry sump.
  • BMP-3 "Derivation" - a version with an uninhabited module AU220M , including a 57-mm automatic cannon.
  • BMP-3 with a 3TD-4 engine - in the early 2000s, one BMP-3 was re-equipped in Kharkov , installing a 3TD-4 diesel engine (600 hp) on it


  • BRM-3K "Lynx" - military reconnaissance vehicle of military intelligence. Designed for operations by reconnaissance and special units behind enemy lines. The hull, power unit and chassis are similar to the BMP-3. The main armament is a 30-mm double-loading cannon 2A72 (rate of fire 300 rds / min.) With a coaxial 7.62-mm PKT machine gun. To combat armored targets, there are 4 ATGMs in the package. The crew is armed with machine guns (ammunition 1800 rounds) and 15 hand grenades. The vehicle is equipped with a target detection system and data transmission to the unit command, a 1G50 navigation system with a new gyrocompass, communication facilities (R-163-50U, R-163-50K, R-163-U, data transmission range up to 100-350 km), filtering unit and fire extinguishing system. It was put into service in 1995, close to the BMP-3 in mobility and security. The mass of the Lynx BRM-ZK is 19.6 tons , the crew is 6 people , the height is 2.57 m.
  • BREM-L "Beglyanka" is an armored recovery vehicle based on an infantry fighting vehicle, with a crane boom and a traction winch.
  • 2S18 Pat-S is an experimental 152-mm self-propelled howitzer.
  • 2S31 "Vienna" - automated 120-mm self-propelled artillery gun.
  • Object 699 is a universal tracked chassis .
  • UR-93 - installation of mine clearance based on BMP-3. It was first demonstrated in 2007 in Nizhny Tagil at the RDE-2007 exhibition.
  • UR-07 "Re-sorting" - demining installation based on BMP-3.
  • 9P157-2 - combat vehicle of the Chrysanthemum-S anti-tank missile system.
  • 9P157-4 - vehicle for controlling the battery of the Chrysanthemum-S anti-tank missile system.
  • 9P161 - chassis of the self-propelled ATGM 9K128 "Kornet-S" on the chassis of the BMP-3 with two launchers, each with 1 guide and an automatic loader.
  • 9P162 - chassis of the self-propelled ATGM 9K128-1 "Kornet-T" on the chassis of the BMP-3 with two launchers, each with 1 guide rail and an automatic loader.
  • TKB-841 - Russian experimental self-propelled anti-aircraft gun from the30Yu6 "Pantsir-S1-O" anti- aircraft missile and artillery system
  • ADZM "Vostorg-2" is an air transportable road-earthmoving vehicle based on BMP-3.
  • 2S38 "Derivation-Air Defense" - anti-aircraft version with a 57-mm cannon; It is expected that "Derivation" will replace in the army a veteran of the military air defense - the self-propelled gun " Shilka ", as well as supplement the anti-aircraft missile-gun " Tunguska " and " Pantsir " [25] .
  • 2S17 "Nona-SV" - a project of 120-mm self-propelled guns based on the BMP-3 (there were also variants based on the 2S1 and BMP-2 ) with a modified and lengthened turret and the 2A51 gun, which is present on the 2S9 . The crew of the vehicle has grown to four people. The vehicle is equipped with six 81-mm smoke grenade launchers 902? "Tucha".

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