BMP-3 Vikhr  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2017
Total Production: ?
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Kurganmashzavod and SKBM
Parent System: BMP-3
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1988
Total Production: ?
Family Members: BMP-3, BMP-3 Derivation, BMP-3 Dragoon, BMP-3 Khrizantema, BMP-3F, BMP-3M, BMP-3MA, BREM-L, BRM-3K, RKhM-5, Sprut-SD, Sprut-SDM1 and VENA
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Description: The BMP-3 is a tracked, NBC-protected, Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) designed to transport infantry troops protected under armor and to engage on the move enemy troops, armored vehicles, low-flying helicopters, materiel and fortifications. The BMP-3 is the last member of Soviet BMP family of armored vehicles. The BMP-3 features enhanced cross country mobility and a water jet propulsion system (with two water jets) for amphibious operations. Its lightweight hull design enables BMP-3 to be airlifted easily by C-130 Hercules- or Antonov An-12-sized military tactical transport aircraft.

The BMP-3 powerplant is located in the rear compartment, gunner and commander are located in the turret, the driver is in the front compartment with 2 infantry troops and the remaining infantry troops are accommodated in the rear compartment separated from the engine compartment by a bulkhead. Doors and hatches are located to allow quick mounting and dismounting the vehicle. Its hull is made of armored aluminum plates with spaced steel-aluminum in the frontal sector.

The Vikhr is an unmanned combat armored vehicle developed in the basis of the BMP-3 tracked medium weight tank. The 14.7-ton Vikhr robotic system has been designed for scout and attack missions engaging both airborne and ground targets protecting strategic facilities while decreasing human loses. Following the BMP-3 specifications, the new robotic system can travel ranges of 600 kilometers at a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour on road and 10 kilometers per hour in water. The turret includes a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon with 500 rounds, a coaxial 7.62mm machine gun with 2,000 rounds, and six Kornet-M guided missiles. The fire control system includes a high resolution camera, infrared sensor, laser rangefinder and a weather station to determine wind speed, humidity, pressure, temperature. Besides, the Vikhr also includes four quadrocopters, a mobile robotic platform, and a control system operated by two-man (commander and operator). The BMP-3 Vikhr was unveiled at the Army military exhibition outside Moscow in September 2016.

BMP-3 Vikhr Specifications

Ammunition Load: 500
Crew: 0
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 6
System Crew: 2
Height: 3.30 meter (130 inch)
Length: 7.20 meter (283 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Width: 3.15 meter (124 inch)
Max Range: 600 kilometer (373 mile)
Top Speed: 60 kph (37.3 mph)
Top Swimming Speed: 10 kph (5.40 knot)
Combat Weight: 14,700 kilogram (32,407 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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BMP-3 Vikhr News

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on 10 Sep 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016Russia Rolls Out BMP-3 Vikhr Combat Robot

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