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BMR-3M

Mine clearing vehicle

BMR-3M

The BMR-3M is mainly intended for road mine clearing while escorting convoys

 
 
Entered service 2000
Crew 2 + 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 48 t
Length 6.93 m
Width 3.78 m
Height 2.93 m
Performance
Mine clearing speed up to 12 km/h
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm
Mobility
Engine V-84MS diesel
Engine power 840 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1.2 m
Fording (with preparation) 5 m

 

   The BMR-3M mine clearing vehicle was developed as a private venture. It is a proposed replacement for the current Russian Army BMR-2 mine clearing vehicle, based on the T-54 medium tank. Also it is a further development of the BMR-3, based on the T-72 main battle tank. The new mine clearing vehicle is mainly intended for road mine clearing, while escorting convoys. It seems that the BMR-3M mine clearing vehicle entered service with the Russian Army in 2000. Other sources report that it saw action during the second war in Chechnya. Some export customers expressed interest in obtaining this vehicle, however there were no export sales to date.

   The BMR-3M is based on the T-90 main battle tank chassis. The turret has been removed and new all-welded superstructure has been fitted. This mine clearing vehicle is fitted with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) blocks. The superstructure provides protection against small arms fire, artillery shell splinters and mine fragment debris. Belly armor has been improved and is of composite construction. It withstands and anti-tank mine blast anywhere under the hull. This engineering vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system.

   The BMR-3M is fitted with KTM-7 mine rollers. Chains are fitted between the rollers to detonate tilt-mast fuzes. A single roller clears 0.8 m wide track, allowing the following vehicles to pass. The BMR-3M is also fitted with electromagnetic countermine system, that detonates magnetically fuzed mines. It is also fitted with a radio jammer, that prevents detonation of radio-controlled explosives. This vehicle clears mines fitted with pressure activated fuses, bottom mines fitted with rod-type fuses and mines with magnetic proximity fuses. It also ploughs-out mines planted in soil. Mine clearing speed is up to 12 km/h, depending on mine density and ground conditions.

   The BMR-3M is armed with a remotely-operated 12.7-mm machine gun for self-defense. This machine gun is also used to destruct visible mines laying on the surface of soil.

   This mine clearing vehicle has a crew of two, including driver and commander. Both of them are seated in special blast-suppressing seats. The BMR-3M can also accommodate three persons from mine clearing party. Also there are two hand-held mine detection sets and one mine clearing set. It is claimed that this engineering vehicle is fitted with life-support system, that enables the crew to remain inside the vehicle for up to two days.

   The BMR-3M is powered by a V-84MS turbocharged diesel engine, developing 840 hp. The same engine is used on the T-90 main battle tank. At the hull rear there is a small cargo platform. Up to 5 t of equipment can be carried there, such as KTM-7 mine rollers. The rollers are fitted to the vehicle using a crane. There is an auxiliary 2.5 t capacity crane at the rear of the superstructure. This mine clearing vehicle also has a device for cleared lane marking. With preparation the BMR-3M can ford water obstacles up to 5 m deep.

 

Video of the BMR-3M mine clearing vehicle

 
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