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BRDM-2

Amphibious scout car

BRDM-2

The BRDM-2 amphibious scout car is in service with over 50 operators worldwide

 
 
Country of origin Soviet Union
Entered service 1962
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 7 t
Length 5.75 m
Width 2.35 m
Height 2.31 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 14.5-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Machine guns 500 x 14.5, 2 000 x 7.62
Mobility
Engine GAZ-41 petrol
Engine power 140 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range 750 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.4 m
Trench 1.25 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The BRDM-2 scout car was developed as a replacement for the previous BRDM-1. It entered service with Soviet army in 1962 with production commencing in 1963. Currently this amphibious scout car it is in service with Russian army and over 50 countries worldwide.

   Armor of the BRDM-2 provides protection only against small arms fire and small caliber artillery fragments.

   The BRDM-2 uses a complete turret of the BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier. It is armed with a 14.5-mm heavy machine gun and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The heavy machine gun penetrates 32 mm armor plate at 500 m range.

   The BRDM-2 is powered by the GAZ-41 petrol engine, developing 140 horsepower. This scout car has an uncommon feature for vehicles of this class. When travelling off-road four powered belly wheels can be lowered to the ground between the road wheels, thus making it a 8x8 vehicle and increasing its cross-country mobility. Vehicle is also fitted with a central tyre inflation system, which can be adjusted to suit the terrain type being crossed. It improves mobility over sand, snow and mud. This scout car is also fitted with a self-recovery winch.

   The BRDM-2 is fully amphibious and is propelled on water by a single waterjet, mounted at the hull rear.

 

Variants

 

   BRDM-2 RKhB radiological and chemical reconnaissance vehicle;

   BRDM-2U command vehicle, which retains turret, but carries additional communication equipment;

   BRDM-2U command vehicle with a turret removed and replaced with a roof-mounted generator and two antennas;

   BRDM-2 with the AT-2 Sagger ATGWs, developed in late 1960s, has six-round Sagger ATGW launcher in place of the turret, further eight missiles are carried internally. The Sagger has a maximum range of 3 km. In 1977 Sager was converted from its normal wire command guidance system to a semi-automatic infra-red system;

   BRDM-2 with the AT-3 Swatter ATGWs, first seen in 1973, has quadruple launcher for AT-2 Swatter missiles in place of the turret. Missiles are converted from original  radio-to-line-of-sight to semi-active infra-red command guidance;

   9P148 anti-tank missile carrier. The BRDM-2 with the Konkurs (Western reporting name AT-5 Spandrel) ATGWs was first seen in 1977. It has five missiles in ready-to-launch position on the roof and carrier further 10 missiles internally. Its missiles have a maximum range of up to 4 km;

   Strela-1 (SA-9 Gaskin) air defense vehicle, fitted with a surface-to-air missiles;

   BRDM-2M, a recent refurbished and upgraded variant. It is in service with the Russian Army.

 

Video of the BRDM-2 amphibious scout car

 
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