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Airborne combat vehicle


In terms of firepower the BMD-4 ACV is the most heavily armed vehicle in its class

Entered service 2005
Crew 3 men
Personnel 5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 13.6 t
Length 6.36 m
Hull length 6.1 m
Width 3.11 m
Height 2.45 m
Main gun 100-mm gun, 30-mm cannon
ATGW Bastion, AT-5 Spandrel
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 5.45-mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 40-mm
Engine 2V-06-2 diesel
Engine power 450 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 1.8 m
Fording Amphibious


   The BMD-4 airborne combat vehicle entered service with Russian airborne units in 2005. This vehicle uses the BMD-3 chassis, but carries a significantly more powerful armament. In some cases the BMD-4 can replace main battle tanks and artillery units with its firepower during landing operations. Some older BMD-3 are being upgraded to BMD-4, while a low-rate production of new vehicles continues. Currently about 60 of these vehicles are in service with the Russian airborne troops.

   This new airborne combat vehicle is completed with the same armament, carried by the Russian BMP-3 IFV, the 100-mm gun and coaxial 30-mm cannon. It has considerably more firepower than its predecessor. The 100-mm gun can also fire Bastion laser-guided anti-tank missiles. This missile has a range of fire in 5.5 km and can also target helicopters. Ordinary 100-mm rounds have a maximum range of fire in 7 km. The 100-mm gun comes with an autoloader, which also loads anti-tank missiles. The 100-mm gun of the BMD-4 has a rate of fire in 10-15  rounds per minute.

   There is also a 9K113 Konkurs (Western reporting name AT-5 Spandrel) anti-tank guided missile launcher mounted on the roof of the hull. Additional armament consists of a 7.62-mm and 5.45-mm machine guns and a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher. In terms of firepower the BMD-4 is the most heavily armed vehicle in the world in its class.

   Armor of this airborne combat vehicle provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. The BMD-4 is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   Vehicle has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. It provides accommodation for five fully equipped troops.

   The BMD-4 is powered by the 2V-06-2 diesel engine, developing 450 hp. Vehicle can be paradropped with all the crew inside, thus saving time for the assembly after landing. Furthermore it is well suited for amphibious landing operations. The BMD-4 is fully amphibious and can fire all its weapons afloat at sea worthiness 2. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.




   BTR-MD Rakushka airborne multi-role armored vehicle. It has a bigger hull and lacks turret. It is used to transport troops, cargo and serves as a base for a range of specialized vehicles;

   BMD-4M, improved variant of the BMD-4. Vehicle has a number of improvements, including new chassis, new fire control system. This vehicle was revealed in 2008. Currently the BMD-4M received no production orders.


Video of the BMD-4 airborne combat vehicle






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