The Russian army is working on the issue of equipping the marines with BMP-3F vehicles, Izvestia sources in the Defense Ministry said. The final decision will be made based on the results of the Caucasus-2020 exercises. During the maneuvers, the BMP-3F will operate on the Caspian coast.
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BMP-3F – “naval” modification of the most modern of those adopted by the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle. It differs from the basic version by increased buoyancy. The machine is equipped with a lightweight water-reflecting flap, a telescopic air intake pipe, and water-reflecting flaps on the tower. It can move on the water with waves of three points (wave height up to one meter), and with waves of two points (wave height up to half a meter) it is capable of conducting aimed fire. The maximum speed on the highway is 70 km / h, afloat – up to 10 km / h. With the engine running, the machine can be continuously on the water for up to seven hours.
The vehicle carries a 100-mm 2A40 cannon, which also serves as an ATGM launcher, a 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannon, and three 7.62-mm machine guns: two course and one coaxial.
“The BMP-3 is essentially a light tank, and the armored personnel carrier cannot be compared with it in terms of firepower. On armored personnel carriers, it is impossible to effectively resist an enemy with heavy weapons. With the new combat vehicles, the marines will be able to fight against tanks, and when landing on the coast, unleash a flurry of fire on the enemy, ”military historian Dmitry Boltenkov told Izvestia.
Today brigades of “black berets” operate on BTR-82 armored personnel carriers with a 30-mm automatic cannon. Recently, tank units armed with T-80BVMs also appeared in the formations.
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