Russian IFVs ready for amphibious missions [ID14D2]

06 November 2014

The Indonesian Marines have now taken delivery of two batches of Russian BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) that have been optimised for amphibious operations.

Indonesia is the launch customer for the BMP-3F IFV, which has been developed from the bestselling standard BMP-3 IFV by the Machinery & Industrial Group NV, Concern Tractor Plants (Hall A, Stand 157) in Kurgan.

For its specialised role, the front-mounted entrenching blade has been removed and a new lightweight trim vane fitted at the front of the hull, which can be rapidly erected by the driver without leaving the vehicle. The turret has also been fitted with special anti-surge vanes and a telescopic snorkel is installed on the roof to the rear of the turret. According to the prime contractor, the BMP-3F IFV can operate in Sea State 3 and fire its weapons in Sea State 2.

The BMP-3F is the best-armed vehicle of its type in the world. It is fitted with a two-person power-operated turret armed with a 100mm 2A70 gun, 30mm 2A72 co-axial dual feed cannon and a 7.62mm PKTM co-axial machine gun.

In addition to firing conventional types of ammunition, such as high-explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG), the 100mm gun can fire a laser-guided missile fitted with a tandem high-explosive antitank (HEAT) warhead to defeat threat vehicles fitted with explosive reactive armour. The 100mm 2A70 gun is fed by an automatic loader, for which 22 rounds of ready-use ammunition are carried. Eight laser-guided anti-tank guided missiles are carried.

The weapons are fully stabilised and are coupled to a computerised fire control system for a high first-round hit probability under almost all weather conditions. In addition, there are two 7.62mm PKTM bow machine guns, which are mounted one either side of the driver, who is seated in the middle at the front of the hull.

The BMP-3F IFV is fully amphibious, propelled in the water by two water jets mounted low down in the hull rear, which give a maximum speed of 10km/h. All that is required for amphibious operations is to activate the bilge pumps, erect the trim vane at the front of the hull and extend the snorkel, and make certain all the hatches are shut.

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