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Description: The BTR-80 is a 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle intended to carry infantry troops, arms and other loads on the battlefield while providing fire support thanks to a turret-mounted gun. It features lightweight armor, 9 firing ports, NBC protection, automatic fire fighting system, a central regulation of tire air pressure system, four side and two top hatches allow troops to mount/dismount quickly. Its high mobility and its reduced weight make BTR-80 suitable for amphibious and airborne operations in many environments. During amphibious operations can achieve an speed of 9 kilometers per hour crossing ranges of 12 kilometers. The BTR-80 wheeled armored vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army in 1984. Since then it has been widely exported, more than 20 countries have purchased the BTR-80 armored vehicle and its derivatives.
The BRDM-3 is a 8x8 reconnaissance vehicle derived from the BTR-80A wheeled armored fighting vehicle and leveraging its remotely controlled 30mm cannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. With a crew of six-man (driver, gunner, commander and three scouts), the BRDM-3 is intended to conduct reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines at ranges of up to 120 kilometers. It is powered by a Kamaz diesel engine developing 260-hp and allowing a top speed on-road of 80 kilometers per hour. The BRDM-3 is fully amphibious vehicle equipped with a single waterjet which enables a top swimming speed of 10 kilometers per hour.
The BRDM-3 was developed and tested in the late 1990s or early 2000s as a potential replacement for the BRDM-2 introduced in the 1960s. It is very unlikely that the Russian Army deployed this vehicle due to the lack of funds and political turmoil during the 1990s. Besides, the Military Industrial Corporation (MIC) and Arzamas developed an upgraded variant of the BRDM-2 4x4 armored reconnaissance vehicle called the BRDM-2A.
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