The BMP-2 is an improved version of the BMP-1. The main armament changed to 30 mm 2A42 autocannon and AT-5 Spandrel missile, and the commander now sits with the gunner in an enlarged turret. Only seven troops are carried instead of eight, and there are two rear infantry roof hatches instead of four. The armour was also slighty improved.
The driver sits in the front left of the vehicle, with the engine in a separate compartment to his right. In the centre of the vehicle is the welded steel turret which seats the commander and gunner, both of whom have hatches.
The main armament is a stabilized 30 mm 2A42 autocannon with dual ammunition feeds. A coaxial 7.62 mm PKT machine gun is mounted to the left of the 30 mm cannon. On the roof of the turret is an ATGM launcher, which normally fires AT-4 Spigot missiles. The stabilisation provides reasonable accuracy up to a speed of about 35 kilometres per hour.
Behind the turret is the troop compartment which holds six troops, the seventh sits just behind the driver. Access to the compartment is by the two rear doors, which also hold fuel tanks.
The BMP-2 is amphibious with little preparation
FAPLA BMP-2 Amphibious Tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle
1/300th scale miniature supplied and painted by Johan Schoeman of the Peninsula Wargames Group
||3 (+7 troopers)|
welded rolled steel
33 mm max
||30 mm automatic cannon 2A42
9M113 ATGM launcher |
7.62 mm PKT machine gun
600 km (road)
65 km/h (road)
45 km/h (off-road)
For more detail on the BMP-2, see Wikipedia.com