Many of us
wonder. Which is the best infantry fighting vehicle in the
world? Which is the greatest modern IFV and why? Our Top 10 analysis is based on the combined score of
protection, firepower, mobility and capacity. All of the armored
mentioned here are great and sometimes it is hard to determine with
of them is better. Analysis is based on specifications and available
data. This list includes only operational
vehicles, that are currently in production. After exhaustive
research I was surprised with the results.
top 10 best infantry fighting vehicles in the world are these:
infantry fighting vehicle is a recent German design. First
production vehicles were delivered to the German army in 2010.
The Puma is
the most protected IFV currently available. It has modular armor.
There is an option of three various protection levels to suit
operational needs. The Puma IFV with maximum level of protection is
even heavier than the
battle tank. It can be even considered as a heavy IFV. It seems that
the most protected variant withstands 120- and 125-mm projectiles
over the front arc. Vehicle also withstands mine blasts equivalent
to 10 kg of TNT. The Puma is also fitted with advanced threat warning system.
This IFV is
armed with turret-mounted 30-mm cannon and coaxial 5.56-mm light
powered by diesel engine, developing a whooping 1 073 horsepower. It
is worth mentioning that some of the latest main battle tanks
haven't got that much power.
The K-21 is
a new infantry fighting vehicle, developed in South Korea. Its
production commenced in 2008. Approximately 900 vehicles are planned
to be built. It is claimed that the K-21 is twice cheaper to build
comparing with American
of the K-21 armor is still secret. It is assumed that this IFV has
multi-layer armor with glass fiber, ceramic and aluminum alloy. It
is known that front arc provides protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round
protection is against 14.5-mm armor-piercing
rounds. he K-21 can be also fitted with
active protection system, similar to that used on the South
K2 Black Panther main battle tank.
The K-21 is
armed with a 40-mm cannon and
7.62-mm machine gun. A powerful gun can
easily defeat all enemy armored personnel carriers and infantry
fighting vehicles. Vehicle also carries two indigenously developed
ATGW launchers, but exact details and
number of missiles carried are unknown. Vehicle is fitted with
advanced fire control system for better
fire accuracy. Such control systems are usually fond on the latest
main battle tanks.
The K-21 is lighter comparing with most modern IFVs.
designed using composite materials to save weight wherever possible.
This infantry fighting vehicle has a great degree of advanced
high-tech systems used including battle management system, internal
navigation, vehicular information systems and identification system
which recognizes friend and foe vehicles.
The K-21 has
a hydropneumatic suspension and advanced running gear. This IFV is fully
amphibious with a help of an automatic flotation bags. Floatation
bags are activated, before entering the water. Besides the
Russian BMP-3 it is the only fully-amphibious modern IFV.
infantry fighting vehicle was developed since the mid 1980s. It
entered service with Sweden in 1993. Vehicle was also exported to
Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland.
The CV 90 has a
welded steel armor hull. Appliqué armor can be added. It is
claimed that the front arc of the CV 90 withstands
30-mm armor-piercing rounds, used by
the older Russian IFVs and ACVs. All-round protection is against 14.5-mm
armor-piercing rounds. Latest versions of the CV90
withstand blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. Appliqué ceramic armor
can be added for all-round protection against
30-mm armor-piercing rounds and improved protection against
improvised explosive devices. A slat armor can be fitted for
protection against tandem-charge RPG rounds.
Swedish CV90 is armed with a powerful 40-mm cannon. All export
models of this infantry fighting vehicle are armed with a
30-mm cannon. Also there is coaxial
7.62-mm machine gun.
This IFV was
specially designed to minimize radar and infra-red signatures. It
also uses heat-absorbing filters to provide protection against
thermal imaging, image intensifiers and infra-red cameras. Vehicle
also has quiet movement in order to improve stealth. With
preparation this vehicle is amphibious.
M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle entered service with the US
Army in 1981. Currently US Army operate improved M2A3 version of
version is fitted with explosive reactive armor of new generation.
It has some degree of protection against RPG
rounds. Front arc of the latest models withstands
30-mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round
protection is likely to be against 14.5-mm
armed with a two-man turret, fitted with a 25-mm dual-fed Bushmaster
chain gun. It fires armor-piercing and HE-FRAG rounds. There is also
a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Also the M2 Bradley is equipped with two TOW-2
anti-tank guided missile launchers, providing this vehicle a
considerable anti-armor capability.
The M2 is
amphibious with the use of swim barrier. Swimming capabilities
improved by the erection of inflatable buoyancy tanks. On water the
Bradely is propelled by spinning its tracks.
The ZBD-08 is a Chinese
revised and improved version of the Soviet/Russian
First production version, the
entered service with Chinese army in 2004. An improved ZBD-08
followed a couple of years later. This new infantry fighting vehicle
is produced in large numbers for the Chinese army.
eliminates a number of drawbacks of the BMP-3. It has a revised
layout with engine at the front and troop compartment at the rear.
infantry fighting vehicle has a welded steel armor hull. Add-on
modular armor can be fitted for a higher level of protection. It is
claimed that front arc withstands 30-mm armor-piercing rounds. Sides
withstand 14.5-mm rounds. Side skirts were added for improved
protection. Also vehicle may be fitted with indigenous active laser
The new IFV
retains complete turret of the BMP-3, which is now license-built in
China. It has similar firepower and outperforms most current IFVs.
Its 100-mm gun is completed with an autoloader has an effective
range of 4 km. This gun can fire both ordinary projectiles and
anti-tank guided missiles. It is compatible with Chinese ATGMs, and poses serious threat to main
battle tanks. The 30-mm cannon has an effective range of 1.5-2 km.
There is a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. Also the ZBD-08
has improved sights and fire control system.
was accepted to service with the Soviet Army back in 1987. This IFV
was exported to some countries. Currently it is in service with
Russia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Greece, Kuwait, South Korea, Ukraine,
United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.
turret of this infantry fighting vehicle are welded of aluminum
alloy armor. The front arc is made of composite armor and provides
protection against 30-mm armor-piercing rounds.
All-round protection is likely to be against
14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Protection can be enhanced
with add-on explosive reactive armor kit. Furthermore the Arena
active protection and Shtora countermeasures
systems can be installed on this vehicle. Such systems are normally
associated with main battle tanks.
packs a formidable punch. It is armed with a
100-mm gun and coaxial 30-mm cannon. The 100-mm gun can
launch anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary
munitions, providing this armored vehicle a considerable anti-armor
compartment of the BMP-3 is cramped due to the rear-mounted engine.
Vehicle is fully amphibious.
Piranha V (Switzerland)
V is the latest and most protected vehicle of the Piranha line. It
was developed by MOWAG of Switzerland and revealed in 2010. Because
of increased weight, protection and powerful armament it is no
longer considered an armored personnel carrier, but rather a wheeled
infantry fighting vehicle. This armored vehicle is in service with
V IFV has an all-welded steel armor hull with integrated add-on
composite modular armor. The baseline version provides all-round
protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds and artillery shell
splinters. Maximum armor level provides all-round protection against 25-mm armor-piercing projectiles.
Vehicle has a double floor with a V-shaped hull and is well
protected against landmines and IED blasts. It withstands a 10 kg
anti-tank mine blast under any wheel. The Piranha V is also proposed
with LEDS-150 active protection system.
Vehicle revealed in 2010
was fitted with a turret-mounted 30-mm chain
gun. Secondary armament consists of remotely controlled
weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun.
height-adjustable semi-active hydropneumatic suspension and has good
Warrior (United Kingdom)
entered service with the British Army in 1988. A total of 798
vehicles were built when production ceased in 1995. The British Army
plans to operate these armored vehicles until 2035. This IFV has
been exported to Kuwait.
The Warrior IFV has an all-welded aluminum armor hull
and laminated steel armor turret. It provides all-round protection
against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds.
Font arc is likely to withstand 25-mm
armor-piercing rounds. During military conflicts vehicles are
fitted with extra passive armor
panels for protection against RPG
is armed with a 30-mm
cannon and a 7.62-mm machine gun in a two-man turret. The main gun
is capable of destroying enemy armored personnel carriers at ranges
of up to 1 500 m. It can also engage low-flying helicopters.
is fast for its class of vehicles. It has a maximum road speed of 75
is a new Italian wheeled infantry fighting vehicle. It evolved from
Centauro 8x8 tank destroyer. It entered service with Italian
Army in 2009.
claimed that front arc of the Freccia provides protection against 25- to 30-mm rounds. All-round
protection is likely to be against 14.5-mm
armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle withstands mine blasts
equivalent to 6 kg of TNT. Protection can be increased to withstand
blasts equivalent to 8 kg of TNT under any wheel.
is armed with a 25-mm cannon and two 7.62-mm machine guns. An ATGW variant of this
IFV is equipped with two Rafael Spike ML/LR
anti-tank guided missiles additionally to the 25-mm cannon.
Due to its
wheeled configuration it is cheaper to buy and to maintain comparing
with tracked vehicles. However cross-country performance of the
Freccia is inferior to tracked designs.
Army went for a wheeled design to replace the previous
tracked IFV. A total of 630 VBCI infantry fighting vehicles were ordered
by the French Army. Deliveries commenced in 2008.
The VBCI has
a modular armor protection, that can be adapted to the threat. Welded
steel and aluminum hull provides all-round protection against small
arms fire and artillery shell splinters. Some sources suggest, that
armor of this IFV provides protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing
rounds. Titanium armor plates can
be fitted for increased protection. Interior of the VBCI is
fitted with spall liners. Vehicle keeps on moving if a wheel is lost
by mine explosion.
IFV is armed with a 25-mm cannon and
coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.
infantry fighting vehicle is fully compatible with emerging
digitalized battlefield. The VBCI is fitted with combat
identification system and has secure data and voice communications.
Due to its
wheeled configuration the VBCI is less expensive to buy and to
maintain. However it has inferior
cross-country performance to tracked vehicles.