Vehicle data sheet
Manufacturer: , Soviet Union
|Type: Wheeled||Weight: 7.7 t|
|Produced: 1962||Size: Length 5.75 m, Height 2.31 m|
|Number built: 7200||Engine: Gasoline, 140 HP|
|Crew: 4||Speed: 100 km/h|
Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle
To improve the amphibious characteristics and increase the combat power of their wheeled reconnaissance vehicles, the Soviets produced the BRDM-2. This russian tank was differs from the former BRDM in that the powerplant has improved and moved to the rear of the vehicle, and that a 14.5mm machinegun-armed turret has been fitted. This turret is identical to that found on the BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier tank. The original BRDM (BTR-40P) first appeared in 1959. The BRDM-2 also is known as BTR-40P-2 or BTR-40PB (hence also BTR-40P-2rkh or BTR-40PB-rkh, etc.). It was first seen in 1966 and by the mid-1980s was rapidly replacing the BRDM I in the Soviet and Warsaw Pact armies.
The BRDM-2 series, with maximum armor of 14 mm (Chrome Vanadium), can be penetrated by heavy artillery. Its tires are not protected by armor and are vulnerable to puncture from fire, even though the BRDM might go on because of its automatic infaltion system.
Like the earlier BRDM, the BRDM-2 is a fully armored, four-wheel drive, amphibious reconnaissance vehicle with two pairs of belly wheels and a centralized tire pressure regulation system for increased cross-country capability and a single water jet for propulsion through water. Externally, it differs from the BRDM due to a larger, box-like hull. It retains the boat-like bow of the BRDM, but the crew compartment has been moved farther forward and the engine has been moved to the rear. In the basic model, a conical turret is mounted on the hull in a central position above the belly wheels. There are two front cupolas, and vision blocks are located centrally on both sides. The engine is larger than in the BRDM (140hp V-8 as opposed to 90hp 6-cylinder). The BRDM-2 is fitted with an IR spotlight and IR driving lights as well as an NBC (ABC) filter system.