Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Medved, MIC-3924 and SPM-3 Bear
Arzamas Machine Building Plant and Military Industrial Company
Parent System: BTR-BB
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2009
Total Production: ?
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Description: The BTR-BB, also known as Special Police Machine-3 (SPM-3/MTA-3) Bear, is a 4x4 medium-weight, V-shaped hull, multipurpose armored vehicle designed to match the level of protection of the United States of America Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) program. The Military Industrial Company (MIC) goal for the BTR-BB program was to achieve a level of protection equivalent to STANAG 4569 level 2a against mines and armor piercing (AP) ammunition. The SPM-3 Bear can withstand impacts of 7.62mm AP ammunition at 100 meters and survive a 6-kg TNT explosion under one of its four wheels. The vehicle's crew includes a driver, a commander and seven fully equipped soldiers. MIC was conducting testing and operational development during 2008. The BTR-BB/SPM-3 Bear armored vehicle completed its development during 2009.
The BTR-BB can be armed with a roof-mounted remote control weapon station. The Russian Ministry of Defense has expressed interest in purchasing the Bear for the general Corps of Engineers for path clearance of mines and obstacles as replacement for aging MT-LB tracked vehicles which lack of outstanding ballistic and mine protection. These vehicle will be equipped with weapon stations for self-defense purposes and engineering devices. The Bear along with the Tiger could serve within the Russian Army in electronic warfare (EW), communications relay, signals intelligence (SIGINT) and other special missions which right now are carried out by unarmored and unarmed all-wheel drive trucks. The SPM-3 police and border protection car is optimized for riot control and anti-terrorist operations. This high mobility vehicle is powered by a Russian YMZ-7601 diesel engine developing 300-hp of power along with an independent suspension for enhanced off-road mobility.
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