Myamar army still uses BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance vehicles
A picture published on ipbhost.com on February 2, 2021, shows that Tatmadaw (name of the Myanmar army) still uses Soviet-era BRDM-2MS. The BRDM-2 (literally "Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle") is an amphibious armored patrol vehicle used by Russia and the former Soviet Union. It was also known under the designations BTR-40PB, BTR-40P-2 and GAZ 41-08.
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BRDM-2MS armored reconnaissance vehicles of the Myanmar Armed Forces in the administrative capital city of Naypyidaw (the economic capital city remains Yangon, formerly called Rangoon, as well as Myanmar was called Burma) (Picture source: ipbhost.com)
This vehicle, like many other Soviet designs, has been exported extensively and is in use in at least 38 countries. It was intended to replace the earlier BRDM-1, compared to which it had improved amphibious capabilities and better armament.
BRDM-2M is a modernized version. There are actually several upgrades with this designation. All of them have the original gasoline engine replaced by a diesel engine (GAZ-562 of 175 hp or Steyr D.245-9 of 136 hp), six MB smoke grenade dischargers on the back of the turret and some are additionally fitted with a BTR-80 style turret, new wheels, GPS etc. The version that was selected by the Russian armed forces is made by Arzamas. Designated BRDM-2A, it is in service with Russian MVD reconnaissance units. Other models have a new turret MA3 or MA4 that is also mounted on the MT-LBM series. All models have the engine exhaust on the right side of the vehicle only. Some have raised horizontal engine decks to fit the new engines.
BRDM-2MS is an Improvement upon BRDM-2M made for the armed forces of Myanmar, Serbia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan. Additional wheels are dismantled. With the help of new hinged armor, the vehicle can withstand a hit of 14.5 mm KPV machine gun ammunition at distances of 300 meters, side - from 12.7 mm, rear - 7.62, The mine resistance has been strengthened. The total weight is reduced to 6900 kg. The new engine with 150 hp. allows developing maximum speed on the highway up to 100 km / h, on dirt roads - up to 50 km / h. The machine retained the ability to swim across water obstacles. Cruising range of 1,500 kilometers. The new fire control system has a stabilized three-channel panoramic commander sight that can spot the enemy up to 5 km during the day and up to 3,5 km at night. For the all-around view, six cameras are mounted, allowing round-the-clock monitoring of the terrain on four multifunctional panels.