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Airborne Combat Vehicle

BMD-2

BMD-2 airborne combat vehicle

Entered service in 1985
Crew 2
Personnel 5
Dimensions and weight 
Total weight in combat order 8 t
Chassis length 5 970 mm
Width 2 700 mm
Height 1 830 mm
Armament
Main gun 30-mm cannon
ATGW 9M111 / 9M113
Machine guns 3 x 7.62-mm
Combat load
Main gun 300 rounds
ATGW 3 missiles
Machine guns 2 940 rounds
Mobility
Engine power 240 hp
Maximum road speed 60 km/h
Maximum amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Autonomy on roads 500 km
Maneuverability
Ford Amphibious

The BMD-2 airborne combat vehicle is a further development of the BMD-1. It's development began at the beginning of 1980s and in 1985 vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army.

The BMD-2 received a new one-man turret, armed with a 30-mm 2A24 stabilized cannon, as the previous 76-mm gun was rather inaccurate and it's combat use was very limited. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm PKT machine gun. A total of 300 rounds of 30 mm and 2940 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition is carried. The BMD-2 also carries an AT-4 Spigot (maximum range 2 000 m) or an AT-5 Spandrel (maximum range 4 000 m) anti-tank missile launchers, mounted on the right side of the roof. In the newly designed turret gunner is being seated on the left and has his own hatch on top of the hull roof. BMD-2 airborne combat vehicle

Hull of the vehicle, power pack, transmission and chassis remained without major improvements, comparing with the BMD-1. Despite increase in weight the BMD-2 has similar cross-country performance comparing with it's predecessor.

The BMD-2 has a crew of two and carries up to five fully equipped troops, who leave the vehicle via a roof hatch at the rear of the hull.

This vehicle can be airlifted by any medium transport aircraft. It can also be paradropped using special parachute platforms.


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