Description: BMD is a family of light tracked armored vehicles designed to meet the requirements of Soviet airborne troops. These vehicles are amphibious and are equipped with NBC protection and night vision system as well as a turret-mounted gun and missile system. BMD vehicles provide fire support and mobility to airborne units. Its adjustable suspension system allows to change the vehicle's height thus cushion it better for airdrop. A single Il-76 transport aircraft is able to carry up to three BMDs.
Based on the BMP-1 armored vehicle BMD-1 was fielded with the Soviet Army in 1970. BMD-1 was followed by BMD-2. The BMD-3 was the last development made in the former Soviet Union and fielded in 1992 by the Russian Army. The BMD-4 is the last member of the BMD family. BMDs saw combat for the first time during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. BMD infantry fighting vehicle chassis has been the basis for further developments such as command post and mortar carrier vehicle.
The Russian Airborne Troops Ptitselov, Fowler in English, is an air droppable air defense system developed combining the Pantir-S2 cannon-missile complex and BMD-4M tracked chassis to protect airborne troops after landing. The new weapon system will complement Igla and Verba MANPADS missile system employed by the Russian Airborne Troops adding the capability to intercept targets at medium and high altitudes. It is possible that the number of launch-ready missiles will drop from 12 to 8-to-6 to make the whole system more compact. The crew will be parachuted inside the Ptitselov which is the standard procedure for Russian airborne vehicles. The development of the Ptitselov for the Russian Army was announced in May 2016.
Number of Cannons: 2
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 5 Dimensions Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter Performance Target's Max Altitude: 15,000 meter (49,213 foot)
Weapon Max Range: 20,000 meter Rates Max Rate of Fire: 5,000 roundperminute
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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