The design of the latest machine allows her to parachute along with disposed therein combat crew parachute and landing techniques from aircraft military transport aircraft and helicopters from landing technique.
The machine has the original chassis and unified with BMP-2 turret with the weapon. Weight BMD-3: 12 to 13 900 kg 200 kg. The crew of 3 people., Landing 5 people. Armament: 30-mm gun 2A42, 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun, 5.45-mm machine gun RPKS ESP-74 30-mm automatic grenade launcher AG-17 "Flame", 9M113 ATGM launchers "Competition". -450 Hp motor power Highest speed exceeding 70 km / h including 10 km / h — the water. All were released a little more than hundreds of these vehicles.
On the basis of the BMD-3 was planned to make countless different family of combat and support vehicles for the Navy. Including: amphibious armored personnel carrier BTR-MD "Shell" 2S25 "Octopus-SD" (125 mm self-propelled anti-tank gun, 7 stoney chassis), RHM-5 "wagon-D1" (NBC-machine intelligence), BMM- A "Trauma" (sanitary evacuation machine), "Mirage-2002" (dressing machine, 7-stoney chassis), "breaking down" (120-mm self-propelled guns with the fighting compartment complex "Vienna"), "Roman" (anti-aircraft missile and artillery complex, 7-stoney chassis).
Unfortunately, for various reasons, excellent plans to significantly increase the combat potential of Airborne were not implemented, as the upgrade did not come out in the BMD-3 BMD-4, with the substitution of the crew compartment. But coming out is not a bad car. According to the fire control system and complex weapons refreshed BMD meet the highest international standards. According to its features of "Quartet" surpassed its predecessor by 2.5 times. In all there were more than 3 x 10-s of these machines.
Later, it was taken as a whole the right decision to unify the BMD on the chassis, engine and box with the available troops in the BMP-3. This machine was created. But later the delivery of modernized BMD-3 ended, and brand-new car fell into disfavor. And the question of its adoption "hung" forever, if not forever, taking into account the recent incident.
And while the troops continue to exploit an old technique. At the current time, "ancient" BMD-1 rework in BMD-2, just do not meet modern requirements.
Development battle Technology has since stepped far forward, for example, in the field of night vision systems. In the meantime, it appears that this upgraded machine has a very limited capacity for action NIGHT MODE.
A sensible option would be part of the equipment BMD-2 and all remaining troops BMD-3 fire control system with modern sights that are well-proven in "Bakhcha-U (installed on the BMD-4, BMD-4M, BMP-3M), and" Berezhok "(BMP-2).
Gunner would have received an automatic fire control system, which includes meeting all modern requirements of the built-in rangefinder sight with thermal channel and teleteplovizionnym automatic target tracking.
In the end, it will be possible to hit perfectly identified as targets of the cannon and machine guns and anti-tank with the use of "Cornet" at any time of day or night and, despite the presence of smoke and debris.
In contrast to the legacy of "Competition", "Cornet" could get any purpose at a range of 5500 m and fight the enemy armor to 1200 mm.
The commander of the improved BMD-3 would also get the opportunity to lead a clear fire ground and air targets at different times.
As a result, the effectiveness of current in the military fighting vehicles would increase in a couple of times, and the process of waiting for the newest promising BMD base "Kurgan-25" would not be so painful.