|Faction||Russian Armed Forces|
|Type||Infantry Fighting Vehicle|
|Seats|| 10 seats:
|Item capacity|| Max:
|Top speed|| 70 km/h on land|
10 km/h in water
|Fuel capacity||300 L|
|Primary armament|| Main:
|Secondary armament|| Secondary:
- Troop transport
- Fire support
|«|| The BMP-3 is is an infantry fighting vehicle developed in Russia. It is one of the most heavily armed combat vehicles worldwide. It features 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, 2A72 dual feed autocannon, 7.62 mm machine gun, and two 7.62 mm bow machine guns.|
The BMP-3 is capable of engaging targets out to 5-6 km, however there is minimum engagement range of about 300 m.
The BMP-3 is the latest model in the BMP series of tracked IFVs. It is a tracked, armoured, amphibious vehicle designed to engage both armoured ground and air threats while stationary, on the move, and while afloat. It uses a rear-mounted engine for a better weight distribution and has improved amphibious capabilities over its predecessors.
It is armed with a 100 mm rifled gun as its primary weapon and has a dual-mount 30 mm autocannon/7.62 mm medium machine gun that serve as its coaxial weapons. The BMP-3's main gun is also capable of launching anti-tank guided missiles. There are also two forward-facing PKT machine guns located on either side of the hull (in the front below the turret).
The standard loadout of the BMP-3 gives it 22 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells and 8 ATGMs for the main gun. The coaxial PKT feeds from a single 2,000 round belt of 7.62 mm ammunition, while the 2A72 autocannon has 250 rounds of HE and 250 rounds of armor-piercing (AP) shells, with a combined total of 500 rounds. The two hull gunner PKT's are pre-loaded with one 250 round belt boxes of 7.62 mm ammunition by default, and have a further four boxes left in reserve (forming a total of 2,500 rounds with both gunners).
Originally envisioned as a light tank, the BMP-3 is arguably the best infantry fighting vehicle in ArmA 2. Not only does it completely outclass both the American AAVP-7A1 and M2 Bradley IFVs in terms of raw firepower, it has better armour and can resist far more punishment while being capable of returning the favour in a vast number of ways.
Amphibious-capable and heavily armed, the BMP-3's combination of a coaxial 30 mm autocannon and gun-launched ATGMs also lets it tackle Main Battle Tanks and low-flying helicopters alike head on if there aren't any T-90s or Tunguskas available for support (though it will need to rely heavily on defilade in the case of the former).
Its only drawbacks are that it has slightly worse handling compared to the AAV, and cannot transport as many troops at a time; the AAV is able to carry up to nineteen passengers whereas the BMP-3 is limited to five only (not including the two hull gunners).
The BMP-3 has a crew of three personnel consisting of the driver, a gunner, and the commander. It can transport up to seven passengers at a time, with two of the passengers sitting in the front left and right parts of the hull, serving as auxiliary crewmen gunners.
- Just like the BTR-90, the BMP-3's gunner position was not "upgraded" with the ability to use thermal optics even after the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.
- The BMP-3 remains as the most heavily armed and protected IFV to date in the entire series, with only its wheeled counterpart and the CSAT BTR-K Kamysh in ArmA 3 coming close to its capabilities.
Vehicles of comparable role and configuration
- BMP-2 (Outdated CDF/ChDKZ/Takistani Army counterpart)
- AAVP-7A1 (USMC counterpart)
- M2A3 Bradley (U.S. Army counterpart, ArmA 2: OA only)
- FV510 Warrior (British Army counterpart, ArmA 2: BAF only)
- BTR-K Kamysh (CSAT successor, ArmA 3 only)
|Russian Armed Forces - Vehicles (ArmA 2)|
|Wheeled||BTR-90 • BM-21 Grad • Kamaz • Vodnik • UAZ-469|
|Tracked||2S6M Tunguska • BMP-3 • T-72 • T-90|
|Rotor-wing||Ka-52 • Mi-8MTV-3 (Mi-17) • Mi-24P|
|Fixed-wing||Pchela-1T • Su-39 • Su-34|
|(Parenthesis) denote variants.|