|Entered service in||1985|
|Dimensions and weight|
|Total weight in combat order||8 t|
|Chassis length||5 970 mm|
|Width||2 700 mm|
|Height||1 830 mm|
|Main gun||30-mm cannon|
|ATGW||9M111 / 9M113|
|Machine guns||3 x 7.62-mm|
|Main gun||300 rounds|
|Machine guns||2 940 rounds|
|Engine power||240 hp|
|Maximum road speed||60 km/h|
|Maximum amphibious speed on water||10 km/h|
|Autonomy on roads||500 km|
The BMD-2 airborne combat vehicle is a further development of the BMD-1. It's development began at the beginning of 1980s and in 1985 vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army.
The BMD-2 received a new one-man turret, armed with a 30-mm 2A24 stabilized cannon, as the previous 76-mm gun was rather inaccurate and it's combat use was very limited. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm PKT machine gun. A total of 300 rounds of 30 mm and 2940 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition is carried. The BMD-2 also carries an AT-4 Spigot (maximum range 2 000 m) or an AT-5 Spandrel (maximum range 4 000 m) anti-tank missile launchers, mounted on the right side of the roof. In the newly designed turret gunner is being seated on the left and has his own hatch on top of the hull roof.
Hull of the vehicle, power pack, transmission and chassis remained without major improvements, comparing with the BMD-1. Despite increase in weight the BMD-2 has similar cross-country performance comparing with it's predecessor.
The BMD-2 has a crew of two and carries up to five fully equipped troops, who leave the vehicle via a roof hatch at the rear of the hull.
This vehicle can be airlifted by any medium transport aircraft. It can also be paradropped using special parachute platforms.