BMP-3

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This page is about the Soviet light tank BMP-3. For other uses, see BMP (Disambiguation).
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BMP-3
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8.3 8.7 8.7
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Description

The BMP-3 is a rank VI Soviet light tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB) and 8.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull60 / 43 / 13
Turret50 / 43 / 43
Crew3 people
Visibility79 %

The BMP-3 is an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV), and has comparable armour to other IFVs. It uses special alloys in its construction, which are not equivalent to Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA, this is the type of armour that ammunition displays penetration against on stat cards). The front of the BMP-3 has about 50 mm of armour with an additional fuel tank behind this armour. This protects it against any machine gun and some small cannon rounds such as 20 mm, but it will be penetrated by any IFV auto cannon that it might face. The front turret armour has similar levels of protection. The side armour is even worse, at only about 20 mm RHA effectiveness, it will be penetrated by .50 calibre ammunition.

The survivability of the BMP-3 is very low. It has only 3 crew members who are closely spaced together. This means that most penetrating rounds will destroy the BMP-3 in one shot. Additionally, the BMP-3 is subject to the hull-break mechanic, so it will often be destroyed instantly when any component is hit by a large round. There are some empty spaces in the BMP-3 like the fuel tank in the front or the area in the back above the engine (where infantry would sit), but these would only be hit when directly side on with an enemy. This means that if you are going to be shot, it is best to be side on, trying to bait the enemy to hit one of these areas.

Armor Composition:

  • Alloy ABT-102 - Main
  • High Hardness Rolled Armor - Trim Vane and Turret Applique
  • Gun Steel
  • Structural Steel
  • Structural Steel of Chassis
  • Tracks
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (31°) + 12 mm + 10 mm Upper Glacis

60 mm (51°) + 10 mm Lower Glacis

60 mm Upper Front

43 mm Upper Rear 43 mm Lower

43 mm 15 - 20 mm
Turret 20 mm (47°) - 50 mm (42°) +16 mm Turret front

70 mm Gun mantlet

50 mm + 16 mm Frontal Side

43 mm Rear Side

43 mm 18 mm
Cupola 20 mm 18 mm

Notes:

  • Turret Ring - 43 mm
  • Fenders - 4 mm
  • Tracks and Suspension - 10 mm
  • There is a 100 mm thick log on the left side.
  • Main Gun - 20 mm, Secondary Gun - 10 mm, Machine Gun - 5 mm

Mobility

Amphibious
The design allows you to swim and control movement in the water
 
Controlled suspension
It is possible to adjust the ground clearance or more complex suspension positions
Speedforward / back
AB78 / 24 km/h
RB and SB71 / 21 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
2 back
Weight18.7 t
Engine power
AB954 hp
RB and SB500 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB51.0 hp/t
RB and SB26.7 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 78 24 18.7 775 954 41.44 51.02
Realistic 71 21 442 500 23.64 26.74

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 840 → 3 321 Sl icon.png
RB2 630 → 4 747 Sl icon.png
SB3 700 → 6 678 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications280 900 Rp icon.png
440 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 120 / 140 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ussr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
Thermal sight "Sodema"
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
100mm_9m117m1_ammo_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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30mm_2a42_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition48 rounds
First-order22 rounds
Reload4.0 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 60°
Main article: 2A70 (100 mm)
100 mm 2A70 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 48 -6°/+60° ±180° Two-plane 33.3 46.1 56.0 61.9 65.9 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Realistic 20.8 24.5 29.8 32.9 35.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
3OF32 HE 31 31 31 31 31 31
3OF70 HE 36 36 36 36 36 36
9M117 ATGM 600 600 600 600 600 600
9M117M1 ATGM (tandem) 750 750 750 750 750 750
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
3OF32 HE 250 15.6 0 0.1 2,600 79° 80° 81°
3OF70 HE 355 15.8 0 0.1 3,540 79° 80° 81°
9M117 ATGM 370 18.8 0 0.1 4,620 80° 82° 90°
9M117M1 ATGM (tandem) 370 18.8 0.2 0.1 4,620 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Additional armament

Vertical stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in one plane while moving
Ammunition500 rounds
Belt capacity300 rounds
Reload1.0 s
Fire rate330 shots/min
Main article: 2A72 (30 mm)
30 mm 2A72 Reloading rate (seconds)
Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Full Expert Aced
500 (300) 330 N/A N/A Vertical 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2

Ammunition

  • 30 mm HE: HEF-I* · AP-T · HEF-I* · HEF-T*
  • 30 mm APT: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEF-T*
  • 30 mm APDS: APDS · APDS · APDS · APDS · HEF-T*
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
30 mm HE 65 62 50 38 29 22
30 mm APT 65 62 50 38 29 22
30 mm APDS 82 81 79 75 72 69

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Machine guns

Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate700 shots/min
Main article: PKT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,000 (250) 700 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Stock:

When stock the BMP-3 will face many challenges. Many of the strongest tools the BMP-3 has available are locked behind modifications, most importantly, the Thermal sight and APDS 30 mm ammunition belt. Stock BMP-3 commanders have two options available to them: Stay in the back line and use the ATGM or try and brawl up close with the 30 mm. Unfortunately, the 30 mm only has 65 mm of penetration when stock, so up-close brawling is not an ideal strategy. Additionally, the ATGM reload is rather slow. These will be a challenge to overcome when spading this vehicle.

Spaded:

When spaded the BMP-3 has access to a variety of powerful tools. The tandem warhead ATGM has excellent speed and penetration, although it still has a slow reload. The tandem warhead can easily penetrate even vehicles protected by ERA bricks. The APDS belts on the 30 mm can easily penetrate the sides of most western MBTs. The thermals can even see through the ESS that the BMP-3 can lay down, so this may be used against vehicles without thermals. Despite these advantages, BMP-3 commanders should play carefully, as the ATGM reload still means that engaging more than one target at once will likely end in a quick trip back to the hangar. This is not helped by the fact that the BMP-3 has little in terms of armour and survivability. The two strategies that will be most effective for the BMP-3 are to either try and flank enemies and take them on one by one up close, or use tandem warhead ATGMs to engage at longer ranges. However, long range engagements will not result in many kills, because enemies may have a chance to move to cover before the ATGM has reloaded. The BMP-3 has few upsides to comparable tanks (BMP-2M) and many severe downsides and requires a very passive type playstyle to use effectively.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High manoeuvrability
  • Quick follow-up with 30 mm armament
  • Amphibious
  • Hydropneumatic suspension
  • ATGM rounds with tandem warheads
  • Generation 2 thermal sight for gunner
  • High gun elevation (60°)
  • 4 second autoloader when using HE

Cons:

  • Large profile
  • HE rounds have little penetration or damage
  • HE rounds have low muzzle velocity
  • Reload rate for ATGM is slower than HE rounds (23s)
  • Susceptible to Hull Break
  • Lack of commander thermal sights causes tunnel vision
  • Poor Survivability

History

Development

The Object 685 light tank design was created in 1975. It was an amphibious light tank armed with a 100 mm cannon. The Object 685 never received any production orders, but the chassis and engine from the Object 685 would become the basis of the Object 688 infantry fighting vehicle. The Object 688 would become the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle.

Design

The hull has a similar shape to the BMP-1 and BMP-2 but the internal layout is different. The engine was placed at the rear right side of the vehicle, the driver sat at the front center, two infantry behind him, then the two man turret, and then the crew compartment at the rear. To dismount the vehicle, the infantry had to climb over the engine and out the rear doors. The armour protection is against 30 mm autocannon rounds at the front and 12.7 mm machine gun rounds on the sides and rear, when add-on armour kits are added. There are ERA kits that can be equipped as well. Main armament consists of a 2A70 100 mm gun - which can fire ATGM's - and a co-axial 2A72 30 mm autocannon. Secondary armament consists of a co-axial 7.62 mm machine gun. The armament is housed in a round, centrally mounted, turret. Power is provided by a UTD-29 450 hp engine, while later in production it received a UTD-29M 500 hp engine. The BMP-3 is also amphibious, propelled by its spinning tracks.

Service and Production

Over 2,000 BMP-3's have been produced, seeing combat in several conflicts. The BMP-3 has seen significant export, and has many modifications and variants. It is intended to be replaced by the Kurganets-25 in service.

Devblog

In the late 70s, the Kurganmashzavod factory started developing a new infantry fighting vehicle to replace the BMP-1. The vehicle got a new experimental light tank chassis. The first models were supposed to be equipped with a 30mm cannon as its primary weapon, as well as grenade launchers, machine guns, and ATGM launchers. The military considered the vehicle's armament to be insufficient and said that it offered no real advantage over the BMP-1. In order to correct the situation, the Tula-based engineers suggested a new turret with the following armament: a rifled 100mm semi automatic cannon (also an ATGM launcher), a 30mm automatic cannon, and a PKT machine gun.

The vehicle successfully underwent testing in this state, and in 1987, was accepted into the Soviet Army with the designation BMP-3. Since then, this combat vehicle has been used by the Russian Army and over ten other countries, with especially large quantities being purchased by the United Arab Emirates where the vehicle was chosen over the Bradley and Warrior. The BMP-3 is constantly being upgraded and is still considered one of the best combat vehicles of its class in the world.

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See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links

Bibliography


USSR light tanks
T-26  T-26 · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-26-4
BT  BT-5 · RBT-5 · BT-7 · BT-7 TD · BT-7 (F-32) · BT-7M
BMP  BMP-1 · BMP-2 · BMP-2M · BMP-3
Other  T-50 · T-60 · T-70 · T-80 · T-126
  BA-11 · PT-76B · Object 685 · Object 906
China  ▂Type 62