BMD-4 Airborne Armored Vehicle

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The BMD-4 airborne combat vehicle entered service with Russian airborne units in 2005. This vehicle uses the BMD-3 chassis, but carries a significantly more powerful armament. In some cases the BMD-4 can replace main battle tanks and artillery units with it's firepower during landing operations. Some older BMD-3 are being upgraded to BMD-4, while a low-rate production of new vehicles continues. This new airborne combat vehicle is completed with the same armament, carried by the Russian BMP-3 IFV, the 100-mm gun and coaxial 30-mm cannon. The 100-mm gun can also fire Bastion laser-guided anti-tank missiles. This missile has a range of fire in 5.5 km and can also target helicopters. Ordinary 100-mm rounds have a maximum range of fire in 7 km. The 100-mm gun comes with an autoloader, which also loads anti-tank missiles. The 100-mm gun of the BMD-4 has a rate of fire in 10 -15 rounds per minute.

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  1. Sword100
    Sword100 Jun 08, 2012

    Why don't we just reverse engineer this BMP and give to our Airborne. They would have an air deliverable armor vehicle, and we wouldn't have horrendous R&D costs. The Russians have done it to us for decades and produced serviceable weapons in real time. Our airborne would finally have something the AF could drop out of a plane to support the troops on the ground without having to wait for one tank at a time landing at a prepared airbase.

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