BMP-3 russian modern infantry fighting vehicle
1/35 scale plastic model kit
Photo Etched set is included
Manufacturer: SKIF (Ukraine)
Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box
The BMP-3 is a Russian infantry fighting vehicle which was first observed by the West in 1990. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty (Боевая Машина Пехоты, literally "Infantry Combat Vehicle")
The design of the BMP-3 or Obyekt 688M can be traced back to the Obyekt 685 light tank prototype with 100mm gun 2A48-1 from 1975. This vehicle didn't enter series production but the chassis, with a new engine, was used for the next-generation infantry combat vehicle Obyekt 688 from A. Blagonravov's design bureau. The Ob. 688 weapons configuration—an externally-mounted 30mm gun and twin Konkurs ATGM launcher - was rejected; instead the new 2K23 armament system was selected. The resulting BMP-3 was developed in the early 1980s and entered service with the Soviet army officially in 1987. It was shown for the first time in public during the 1990 May Parade and was given the NATO code ICV M1990/1.
||Infantry fighting vehicle
|Place of origin
||3 (+7 passengers)
||35mm max Frontal armour (est.)
|100mm gun/launcher 2A70, 30mm autocannon 2A72
|3×7.62mm PKT machine guns
500 hp (375 kW)
||72 km/h (road)
A majority of BMP-3s are in use outside of Russia with Abu Dhabi (the United Arab Emirates) being the largest operator:
- Azerbaijan - 4
- Cyprus - 43
- Greece - 450 BMP-3M on order.
- Indonesia - 20 BMP-3F on order, scheduled to deliver in 2008
- South Korea - 70
- Kuwait - 110
- Russia - 540-550, 30 BMP-4 on order.
- Sri Lanka
- Ukraine - 4
- United Arab Emirates - 598 with "Namut" thermal sight and other modifications. Might be further upgraded with modular armor "Kaktus" and UTD-32 engine.
- Venezuela - The Venezuelan government is currently negotiating the purchase of 600 or more BMP-3 vehicles from the Russian Federation. The Venezuelan BMP-3s will be of the BMP-3M variant, with explosive reactive armor and the new Bakhcha-U turret; they will be protected by the Shtora-1 defense system, as the most advanced variant of the BMP-3 to date.
- Soviet Union - Passed on to successor states.