Land Platforms

Sudan upgrades BRDM-2 scout car

06 March 2017
The focus of the MIC upgrade is the introduction of a new engine. Source: Christopher F Foss

Sudan's Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has developed and tested an automotive upgrade for the BRDM-2 4x4 amphibious scout car.

BRDM-2 is normally powered by a GAZ-41 V-8 water-cooled petrol engine developing 140 hp coupled to a manual transmission. This gives a maximum road speed of up to 100 km/h, an operating range of up to 750 km, and a power-to-weight ratio of 20 hp/tonne.

However, MIC has replaced the petrol engine with a more fuel-efficient Isuzu 6HH-1 6-cylinder diesel developing 210 hp that gives a road speed of up to 120 km/h, and a power-to-weight ratio of 30 hp/tonne.

The MIC quotes a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 7 tonnes, which is the same as that of the original BRDM-2 that was fielded more than 50 years ago as the replacement for the BRDM-1.

The standard production BRDM-2 4x4 has a set of two belly wheels between the front and rear wheels which are lowered to allow the vehicle to cross trenches without the need of any special equipment. On the upgraded example seen by Jane's these have been removed to save weight and space.

The standard BRDM-2 is fully amphibious being propelled through the water - by a single water jet mounted at the rear of the hull - at a maximum speed of 10 km/h. The trim vane is normally stowed under the nose of the vehicle and raised prior to amphibious operations. However, on the upgraded car this trim vane has been removed as Sudan may not have an amphibious requirement.

The one-person manually operated turret is retained and is armed with an unstabilised 14.5 mm KPVT machine gun (MG) and 7.62 mm PKT co-axial MG.

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