The BRDM-2 is an amphibious armoured scout vehicle that has made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault, and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault Edit

Faction Soviet Union
Type Armoured Scout Car
Seats 4 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 3× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 50× Magazines
Top speed ~ 96 km/h on land

10 km/h on water

Fuel capacity 100 L
Primary armament None
Secondary armament None
Variants None

The BRDM is an armoured scout car that is exclusively used by Soviet military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview Edit

  • Role:
    • Amphibious troop transport
« BRDM-2 scout car was developed as a replacement for the previous BRDM-1. It entered service with Soviet army in 1962 with production commencing in 1963. Armor of the BRDM-2 provides protection only against small arms fire and small caliber artillery fragments. This amphibious scout car is currently in service with over 50 countries worldwide.
Vehicle Description

Design Edit

A 4x4 armoured scout car, the BRDM is mainly intended for use as reconnaissance vehicle. Using an all-welded steel armour hull, the BRDM provides its passengers with protection from small arms fire and light explosives.

Essentially the wheeled counterpart to the American M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier, the BRDM fills the gap between the Soviet military's lighter UAZ and the heavier BMP-1.

The BRDM transports the same number of passengers as the UAZ but is safer to ride in since the entire crew is seated inside an armoured cabin, which will provide ballistic protection for the crew from small arms calibres up to 7.62 mm.

When compared to the latter, the BRDM is also amphibious but isn't as heavily armoured and transports only half the number of troops that the BMP-1 can support. It is however, faster and has better manoeuvrability, especially when driving uphill or moving onshore/offshore.

The BRDM is comparable to the American Jeep and is also one of the fastest land vehicles in Cold War Assault. It is easily capable of reaching its maximum speed of 100 km/h depending on the flatness of the surface that it's being driven on.

Its handling is slightly better than the Jeep's when going off-road, and also has the advantage of being able to ford across water. It cannot turn as easily however, and will have some difficulty maintaining its stability on steep terrain.

Like the UAZ, the BRDM lacks armament which makes it virtually useless in combat. Outside of being a fast APC that can ferry troops into a contested area with some degree of safety, the BRDM lacks the ability to fulfil any other roles.

As always, care must also be taken if there are anti-vehicle threats in the area. A few direct impacts by rifle-launched/underbarrel grenades from the M16A2/XM-177E2, or a single M72 LAW rocket is enough to turn the BRDM into a smouldering wreck.

Crew Capacity
The BRDM has enough seats for a crew of four, consisting of the driver and up to three more passengers.

Trivia Edit

  • The in-game vehicle is actually modelled after the "BRDM-2UM", the turretless command vehicle variant of the real BRDM-2. Functionally however, the in-game BRDM does not possess any capabilities other than being amphibious-capable and transporting troops.
  • The BRDM was not actually included as part of the default set of vehicles that could be driven in Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (the initial release name of Cold War Assault), and was only added with the release of Patch 1.30.

Gallery Edit

ArmA 2 Edit

Faction - CDF
- Takistani Army
- Takistani Rebels
Type Armoured Patrol Car
Seats All variants: 2 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner

Standard variant: 4 seats:

  • 2× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
  • 5× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 85 km/h on land

11 km/h on water

Fuel capacity 100 L
Primary armament Standard Loadout:
  • 1× KPVT 14.5 mm

ATGM Loadout only:

  • 10× Konkurs 9M113

HQ variant only:

  • 1× PKT 7.62 mm
Secondary armament Standard Loadout only:
  • 1× PKT 7.62 mm
Variants Standard, ATGM, HQ
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The BRDM-2 is an armoured patrol car used by several BLUFOR, OPFOR, and Independent factions in ArmA 2.

Overview Edit

  • Roles:
    • Armed scout
    • Armoured weapons carrier
« The BRDM-2 is an armored, four-wheel drive amphibious reconnaissance vehicle. Its crew consists of a driver, co-driver, commander and gunner. The armament consists of a 14.5mm KPV heavy machine gun with a 7.62mm machine gun as a secondary weapon. Its armor is intended to protect the crew against small-arms fire and artillery shrapnel.
Armoury Description

Design Edit

Just like its Cold War Assault counterpart, the BRDM-2 in ArmA 2 remains mostly the same function-wise but differs in that it has a turret which can be armed with either anti-personnel or anti-vehicle weapons.

The baseline BRDM-2's turret is armed with a 14.5 mm heavy machine gun and has a coaxial 7.62 mm medium machine gun.

The KPVT feeds from a single 500-round linked belt, while the coaxial PKT is pre-loaded with a 1,500-round belt. Neither weapon has spare belts to reload from and require supply trucks to be rearmed.

The BRDM-2 is available in a total of three configurations. Besides the basic troop transporter, this includes an anti-vehicle variant that is armed with a missile launcher pod, and a second variant that is designed as a mobile command vehicle.

As with its Cold War-era predecessor, the BRDM-2 is designed to fill the gap between armed light utility vehicles and heavier APCs/Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

For instance, by default it is better protected than the American HMMWV and Russian UAZ-469. It also has a variant fitted with anti-tank weaponry and is slightly more powerful than the former two, but lacks the modularity or seating capacity and is unable to transport as many troops at once.

Likewise, it is also amphibious-capable and can suppress enemies effectively with its 14.5 mm heavy machine gun just like the LAV-25/BTR-90 are able to, but doesn't quite match them in terms of firepower since the HMG isn't as powerful as the latter two's autocannons.

Except for the ATGM-armed variant, the BRDM-2 also isn't able to tackle armoured vehicles since the HMG's 14.5 mm bullets are too small to penetrate through their armour plating.

Overall, the BRDM-2 serves as a moderately powerful infantry support vehicle when heavier APCs and tanks are not available for support. Its small profile also makes it quite difficult to spot visually, though its engine is fairly loud and can give away its position from a fair distance away.

Crew Capacity
The basic, HMG-armed and unmodified BRDM-2 will always support the driver, a gunner (who serves as the vehicle's commander), and two more passengers.

Camouflage Edit

  • Woodland: Olive green paint scheme with dark brown camouflage blobs. Only used on CDF BRDM-2s.
  • Insurgent: Olive green paint scheme with spraypainted stroke patterns. Used by Chedaki-operated BRDM-2s.
  • Olive: Flat olive green paint scheme. Used by NAPA guerillas and anti-government Takistani rebels.
  • Desert: Standard two-tone desert tan/olive green camouflage scheme. Only used by Takistani Army/militia BRDM-2s.

Variants Edit

  • BRDM-2 (ATGM): Anti-vehicle variant. The anti-tank version forgoes the HMG for its turret armament and replaces it with an anti-tank missile launcher pod. The launcher pod has five Konkurs missiles stored in "magazines", and has another 5-round "magazine" to reload from (for a total of ten ATGMs). It is unable to transport any passengers.
  • BRDM-2 (HQ)*: Stripped down version of the baseline BRDM-2 with its turret removed. It is replaced with a single open hatch fitted with a turret ring that has a PKT machine gun mounted onto it. The PKT is loaded with a single 100-round belt box of 7.62 mm rounds and has a further four boxes left in reserve (for a total of 500 rounds). This variant cannot transport any passengers and is restricted to transporting its driver and a commander, who doubles as the vehicle's gunner.

(*) The BRDM-2 (HQ) is completely non-functional in normal gameplay, and serves only as a deployable command vehicle in Capture The Island (CTI) scenarios created with the Warfare module.

Trivia Edit

  • Rusted and non-interactive wrecks of the BRDM-2 can be found scattered throughout Altis and can be placed through the editor in ArmA 3. No faction in ArmA 3 actually uses the BRDM-2 however, and the vehicle itself is not a drivable vehicle either.

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