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BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle
 
 
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BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology
 
Description
The BRDM-2 is a Soviet-made 4x4 light armoured vehicle designed by V K Rubtsov of the Dedkov OKB in the early 1960s. This vehicle entered in service with Soviet Army in 1962 with first production in 1963 and was showed for the first time to the public in 1966. The BRDM-2 is mainly used as reconnaissance armoured vehicle and still in service with the Russian armed forces and by many other countries all over the world. Thousands of vehicles will be produced and was deployed on the field during modern conflicts from 1960 until now. Over the past ten years it has undergone several upgrades principally with a new engine and improved armor.
 
Variants
There is a wide range of BRDM-2 variants including anti-tank vehicle, NBC reconnaissance vehicle , command post vehicle, fire and rescue vehicle and more.
 
Technical Data
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Armament
The BRDM-2 is equipped with a single-man turret mounted in the centre of the vehicle. The turret is armed with 14.5mm KPVT heavy machine gun and a coaxial 7.62 PKT machine gun on the right side. A telescopic sight is mounted to the left of the main armament. The day only sight is provided with a wiper. The turret has manual traverse and is provided with an adjustable seat for the gunner. The turret allows the armament to be elevated between -5 and +30 degrees and can rotate on 360°. The 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun has a maximum effective rate of fire of 150 rounds per minute with a maximum range of 2,000m. The KPVT ammunitions can penetrate 20 mm of armour at range of 1000 m and 30 mm of armour at range of 500 m. The 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun has a maximum effective rate of fire of 250 rounds per minute with a maximum range of 1,000m.
Design and protection
The all-welded steel armour hull of the BRDM-2 provides the crew with protection from small arms fire 7.62mm caliber and shell splinters. The driver is seated at the front of the hull on the left with the vehicle commander to his right. Both are provided with a bulletproof windscreen to their front, which is covered by an armoured shutter, hinged at the top, when the vehicle is in combat areas. When the shutters are in position the driver and commander observe the terrain through day periscopes around the front and sides of their positions, mounted level with the roof of the vehicle. The crew mounts and dismounts the vehicle via two hatches over driver's and commander's stations. There is one firing port on each side of the hull and immediately behind it are three day vision blocks. The engine compartment is at the rear of the hull and there are two air-inlet louvres in the forward part of the engine compartment roof and four smaller air-inlet louvres to the rear. The exhaust pipes are on either side of the hull.
Propulsion
The BRDM-2 is motorized with a GAZ-41 V-8 water-cooled petrol developing 140 hp at 3,400 rpm coupled to a manual transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse gears. The engine compartment is also separated from the crew compartment with an armoured plate. The vehicle uses a 4x4 chassis with two axles. The suspension consists of four semi-elliptical springs with telescopic dual-action shock-absorbers mounted two per axle. Four powered belly wheels can be lowered to the ground between the front and rear wheels to improved cross-country performance of BRDM-2 and also allows it to cross ditches. The BRDM-2 can run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h witha maximum road cursing range of 750 km. The BRDM-2 can negotiate 60% gradients, 30% side slopes, trench of 1.25 m and vertical obstacle of 0.4 m. A central tyre-pressure regulation system allows the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the type of ground being crossed. The driver can adjust the pressure on all four tyres or on individual tyres while the vehicle is still moving. If one of the tyres is damaged, the air compressor can maintain the tyre pressure until the vehicle is out of the combat area.
Accessories
The driver has 4 TNP-A day periscopes, one of which can be replaced by TWN-2B night vision device. The BRDM-2 has an IR spotlight and four IR driving lights. The vehicle is fitted with an overpressure NBC system and its air inlet is on the top of the hull to the left rear of the turret. A self-recovery winch is mounted internally at the front hull with a 30 m cable and capacity of 4 tones. The BRDM-2 is fully amphibious, being propelled in the water at a maximum speed of 10 km/h by a single water-jet mounted at the rear of the hull. Before entering the water a trim vane, which is stowed under the nose of the hull when travelling, is erected at the front of the hull. A radio antenna is mounted on the right side of the hull near on the commander's hatch.
 
Specifications
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Armament
One 14.5 mm heavy machine gun and one coaxial 7.62 machine gun
Country users
Currently the BRDM-2 is in service with Russian army and over 50 countries over the world.
Designer Country
Russia
Accessories
NBC system, night vision equipment, central tyre-pressure regulation system and one self-recovery winch.
Crew
2 + 2 soldiers
Armor
Protection against firing of small arms 7.62mm caliber and shell splinters.
Weight
7,000 kg
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Speed
100 km/h maximum road speed, 10 km/h on water
Range
750 km maximum
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Dimensions
Length: 5.75 m; Width: 2.35 m; Height: 2.31 m
 
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BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology
 
BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology
BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology
   
BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology BRDM-2 4x4 reconnaissance armoured vehicle technical data sheet specifications information description pictures photos images video intelligence identification Russia Russian army defence industry military technology
 
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