BMD-3

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BMD-3
BMD-3 1.jpg
A BMD-3
TypeAirborne infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service1990 – present
Production history
ManufacturerVolgograd Tractor Factory
Specifications
Weight12.9 tonnes
Length6m
Width3.13m
Height2.25m
Crew3 (+4 passengers)

Armorturret - steel, hull - aluminium alloy
Main
armament
2A42 30mm autocannon with coaxial 7.62mm PK machine gun, 9K11 or 9M111 ATGMs from turret mounted launcher
Secondary
armament
bow-mounted AGS-17 Plamya 30 mm automatic grenade launcher and 5.45-mm RPK machine-gun
Engine2V-06-2 water-cooled diesel
450 hp
Power/weight34 hp/ton
Suspensionhydroneumatic with variable height control (130mm-530 mm)
Operational
range
500 km
Speed70 km/h off-road: 45 km/h water: 10 km/h
 
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BMD-3
BMD-3 1.jpg
A BMD-3
TypeAirborne infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service1990 – present
Production history
ManufacturerVolgograd Tractor Factory
Specifications
Weight12.9 tonnes
Length6m
Width3.13m
Height2.25m
Crew3 (+4 passengers)

Armorturret - steel, hull - aluminium alloy
Main
armament
2A42 30mm autocannon with coaxial 7.62mm PK machine gun, 9K11 or 9M111 ATGMs from turret mounted launcher
Secondary
armament
bow-mounted AGS-17 Plamya 30 mm automatic grenade launcher and 5.45-mm RPK machine-gun
Engine2V-06-2 water-cooled diesel
450 hp
Power/weight34 hp/ton
Suspensionhydroneumatic with variable height control (130mm-530 mm)
Operational
range
500 km
Speed70 km/h off-road: 45 km/h water: 10 km/h

The BMD-3 (Boyevaya Mashina Desanta , Russian "Боевая Машина Десанта", literally "Combat Vehicle of the Airborne") is a light infantry fighting vehicle originating in the Soviet Union that is fully amphibious and air-droppable with crew inside. It is intended to be a fire-support platform for use by airborne and air assault units. It is not an upgraded BMD-1 but a completely redesigned vehicle with a hydropneumatic suspension, new hull, a more powerful 2V-06-2 diesel engine and fitted with the complete turret of the BMP-2.

The vehicle is manufactured at the Volgograd Tractor Factory, Volgograd, Russia under the industrial index Objekt 950 and entered service with the VDV in 1990, in the last year before the fall of the Soviet Union. 123 BMD-3s[1] and 60 BMD-4s[2] are in service with the Russian Airborne Troops. They are planning to receive 10 BMD-4M vehicles and 10 BTR-MD vehicles for final testing by mid-2013, with commissioning by the end of 2013. The Russian Airborne is planning to acquire 1,000 BMD-4Ms through 2020.[3]

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