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BRDM-2 Light Armoured Car

The BRDM-2 was intended to replace the earlier BRDM-1 with a vehicle that had improved amphibious capabilities and better armament.The BRDM-2 has a crew of four, a driver, a co-driver, a commander, and a gunner. It has two pairs of chain-driven belly wheels lowered by the driver which allow trench crossing just like its predecessor and a centralized tire pressure regulation system which can be used to adjust the tire pressure of all four tires or individual tires while the vehicle is in motion to suit to the ground conditions.The engine compartment is also separated from the crew compartment with an armoured barrier. The driver's and commander's stations are in the front of the vehicle, driver is positioned on the left and commander is positioned on the right.The gunner is in the turret during combat but when traveling the gunner is seated inside the hull. The crew mounts and dismounts the vehicle via two hatches over driver's and commander's stations. On either side of the hull adjacent to the crew position, there is a firing port.

The armament comprises of a 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun with a coaxial 7.62 mm PKT general purpose machine gun as a secondary weapon both in a small conical BPU-1 turret mounted on the hull in a central position.

FAPLA BRDM-2 Amphibious Light Armoured Car 

1/300th scale miniature supplied and painted by Johan Schoeman of the Peninsula Wargames Group


Weight 7.7 tonnes

5.75 m

Width 2.75 m

2.31 m 

Crew 4

Welded steel 4 mm up to 14 mm max

Primary armament 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun (500 rounds)
Secondary armament

7.62 mm PKT coaxial general purpose machine gun (2000 rounds)

Engine GAZ-41 gasoline V-8 104 kW at 3400 rpm

13.5 kW/tonne


Wheeled 4x4 (+ 4 auxiliary wheels), leaf springs with hydraulic shock absorbers

Operational Rnge

750 km


100 km/h (road) 10 km/h (water)

For more detail on the BRDM-2, see




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