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BMP-3M Tracked Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle
BMP 3M armoured infantry fighting combat vehicle Russian Army Russia defense industry military equipment 925 001
The BMP-3M is an modernized version of the standard BMP-3 tracked armoured infantry fighting vehicle designed and developed by the Russian Company Kurganmashzavod. The BMP-3M with its new improvements offers more capabilities in terms of fire power, mobility, protection increasing combat efficiency of standard BMP-3 IFV. The BMP-3M was unveiled for the first time in 2011 during the Defense Exhibition, Russian Expo Arms.
Technical Data
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The BMP-3M is fitted with a two-man turret armed with 100mm 2A70 semi-automatic gun which can be used against ground targets at a maximum range of 4,000 m. Turret traverse is a full 360º with weapon elevation from -5 to +60º. The latter enables the weapons to engage helicopters. Turret traverse and weapon elevation are powered. The 100 mm 2A70 gun fires 3UOF17 and 3OF32 high-explosive fragmentation rounds at a rate of 8 to 10 rds/min and the 9M117M1 laser-guided anti-tank missiles. The 100mm cannon of the BMP-3M can also fire high-explosive fragmentation shells 3UOF19. The new 100-mm high-explosive fragmentation shell 3UOF19 features improved characteristics of fragmentation effect and better firing accuracy. The anti-tank guided missile 9M117M1 has a tandem warhead, which enhances armour-piercing impact and ensures piercing of explosive-reactive armour. ATGM firing range is increased from 4 up to 5.5 km Mounted coaxially to the right of the 100 mm gun is the 30 mm 2A72 cannon which can engage ground targets from a range of 1,500 to 2,000 m and helicopters up to 4,000 m using three types of 30 mm ammunition are fired, AP-I (Armor-Piercing Incendiary), HE-I (High Explosive Incendiary) and HE-T (High-Explosive Tracer). The 30mm gun of the BMP-3M can also fire 30mm armour-piercing discarding sabot shells. The 30-mm armour-piercing discarding sabot shell features 80% better armour-piercing capability as compared with the standard armour-piercing shell. One 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun is mounted either side of the hull, firing forwards and these are operated by one of the front three crew members. There is also one more 7.62mm PKTM coaxial machine gun mounted to the left side of the main armament. Three 81mm smoke grenade dischargers are mounted on either side at the front of the turret.
BMP 3M armoured infantry fighting combat vehicle Russian Army Russia defense industry military equipment details 925 001
Close view of the BMP-3M turret with new optics for commander and gunner.
Design and protection
The BMP-3M IFV is divided in three main compartments with the driver seated at the front, the turret in the middle and the troop compartment at the rear of the hull with entry via two doors in the hull rear opening left and right. The BMP-3M can carried a total of 10 military personnel including driver, commander and gunner. The hull and turret of the BMP-3M IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) are of all-welded aluminium armour construction providing the crew with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The BMP-3M armour is increased with additional armour shields to provide protection against 12.7mm armour piercing bullets, as well as with active protection or explosive reactive armour (ERA) kit to protect the vehicle from anti-tank hollow charge projectiles.
The BMP-3M is motorized with a turbocharged UTD-32 engine that increases specific power and dynamic characteristics of the vehicle. Due to the forced cooling system the engine is fully adapted to operation in hot climate conditions. The engine is coupled to an hydromechanical automatic transmission with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears. The BMP-3M can run at a maximum road speed of 55 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km. The suspension either side consists of six dual rubber-tyred roadwheels with the idler at the front, drive sprocket at the rear and three track-return rollers. The BMP-3M has a 2.5 m trench crossing, 0.8m vertical climb and 35°gradient capabilities. The BMP-3M is fitted with an electromechanical track adjustment system allowing the driver to adjust the track tension for both tracks without leaving his seat. The BMP-3M vehicle can be equipped with a chassis control system (IUSSH-688). The system is programmable with microprocessor control of chassis units and assemblies, parameters of their operation, delivery of current and warning information to driver's display and generation of voice messages. Thus IUSSH-688 serves to automate some of the functions, previously performed by the driver, to improve operational reliability of chassis units and assemblies, to control their serviceability in interactive mode, to warn about failures of chassis important elements.
Standard equipment of the BMP-3M IFV includes the capability to lay a smoke screen by injecting diesel fuel into the exhaust outlet, an NBC system and a dozer/entrenching blade fitted at the front of the vehicle. The BMP-3 has a fire detection/suppression system in the front and rear crew compartments, turret and engine compartment. The vehicle can be also equipped with KBM-3M2E air conditioner to provide comfort working conditions for the crew and troopers in hot climate with high ambient temperature. In order to enhance fire power, the BMP-3M is equipped with an automatic fire control system which includes SOZH-M main gunner's sight with integrated laser rangefinder and ATGM guiding channel, VESNA-K sighting system with thermal imaging camera and AST-B automatic target tracker, commander's vision deviceTKN-AI, digital ballistic computer, and ATGM (Anti-tank Guided Missile) loading mechanism. The new fire control system ensures target identification and effective aimed firing at great distances and speeds, provides decrease of target destruction time and considerable improvement of firing efficiency afloat. The commander's day-night vision device TKN-AI with active-pulse illumination is used within the system and provides increase of target detection range in poor visibility conditions (dust smoke, fog, etc.).The BMP-3M is equipped with an automatic ATGM loading mechanism, which reduces loading time to 12 seconds. The mechanism ensures ATGM loading in automatic and operational modes at any angle of turret traverse relatively to the vehicle hull. The modernized BMP-3M also includes installation of a new multipurpose (day-night) driver's vision deviceTVK-1, which broadens driver's capabilities during the vehicle movement at night, and also installation of APP-688 automatic gear selector to decrease the driver's fatigue. The BMP-3M is fitted with the ARENA-E defensive-aid suite (DAS) provides protection against anti-tank guided and unguided missiles and anti-tank grenades used in various infantry ATGM launching systems and also in ammunition allowances of helicopters. SHTORA-1 system of protection against high-precision weapons ensures effective protection of the BMP-3M IFV against anti-tank guided missiles with semi-automatic guidance and laser target illumination, and also against artillery armament employing fire control system with laser rangefinder. As opposed to ARENA-E system, which uses the principle of enemy ammunition destruction, SHTORA-1 system misleads guidance of enemy ammunition. The BMP-3M is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by two water-jets mounted on either side low down at the rear of the hull. These water-jets are run from a power take off to the hydromechanical transmission. Before entering the water the bilge pumps are switched on, a snorkel is erected at the rear and a trim vane is erected at the front of the vehicle. When the trim vane is not required it folds back under the nose of the BMP-3. In the water, the BMP-3M can swim at a maximum speed of 10 km/h.
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One 2A70 100 mm cannon, one 2A72 automatic cannon, thre PKTM 7.62mm machine guns
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Project for Russia
Designer Country
NBC protection system, night vision, air conditioner, automatic fire control system, laser range finder, ATGM guiding channel, fire detection/suppression system, SHTORA-1 active protection system and
3 + 7
All-welded aluminium armour, additional armour shields, active protection or explosive reactive armour ERA
22,000 kg
55 km/h
600 km

Length: 6.71 m; Width: 3.15 m; Height: 3.15 m
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