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Modernized BRDM return to Iraqi army

The famous BRDM-2 began to return to the Iraqi army. A photo of a restored and modernized Soviet-made reconnaissance and patrol vehicle recently appeared on the Web, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

According to the newspaper, local engineers "installed armored glass on the car, removed four additional smaller wheels that were moving out from under the bottom, mounted side stairs and rear-view mirrors." Also BRDM are equipped with new engines and more advanced means of communication.

Armament, apparently, remained the same - two machine guns caliber 14,5 mm and 7,62-mm in a rotating turret. Not taken any measures to strengthen the armor protection. It remained at the same level, with the maximum thickness of armor in the frontal part of the 14 mm machine.

Modernized BRDM return to Iraqi army

This is not the first attempt by Iraqis to improve the performance of an armored car. Back in the days of Saddam Hussein, an option with a 23 mm was demonstrated at the exhibition of the local defense industry in Baghdad aviation the gun. It was planned what weapon get most of the park BRDM-2.

However, the implementation of these plans was prevented by the Kuwaiti adventure - the invasion of a neighboring state, which ended with American intervention and complete defeat.
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  1. Herculesic
    Herculesic 13 February 2018 14: 51
    Truly, Soviet technology has an inexhaustible resource! Good, though old car! She showed herself, and will show again and again!
    1. Megatron
      Megatron 13 February 2018 15: 19
      I just don’t really understand why these notorious wheels were invented from a helicopter, there was no clutch from them, the tires were smooth, it’s right that they are being removed everywhere now.
      1. Alex_Rarog
        Alex_Rarog 13 February 2018 15: 26
        The point in these wheels is to increase the geometric cross-country ability. And if necessary, reduce the specific pressure on the ground.
        1. Shurik70
          Shurik70 13 February 2018 16: 43
          Additional skating on the road is not superfluous. In vain they were removed
    2. Bronevick
      Bronevick 13 February 2018 15: 22
      Because then they did the equipment to protect their homeland, and now to master the budget.
  2. Alekseev
    Alekseev 13 February 2018 15: 31
    The modernization of the BRDM is necessary, that's for sure.
    The forced gas engine from GAZ-53 in the 21st century is clearly outdated, the center of gravity of the "mess" is high, the weapons module is modern, along with advanced aiming and surveillance devices.
    But, many upgrades remove the retractable wheels and, thus, turn this model of BTT from an off-road combat vehicle into an armored off-road vehicle.
    To overcome the moat, the channel of the stream, the trench, finally, on a biaxial machine, is often simply impossible.
    It is clear that the wheels occupy free space, are overweight, but this is a conveyor for reconnaissance, including off-road, and not a crossover in order to "dissect" with the breeze.
    The second question is about the dismantling of not very brutal "eyelids" - armored window covers.
    Bulletproof glass? Is it that it is not covered by a "web" weakly permeable to the eye after a couple of hits of a bullet from an automatic machine?
    It seems that the designers and military experts of the post-war period were smarter than the current ones, which is why the BTR-152, 40, the same BRDM are still fighting.
  3. Spike Javelin Touvich
    Spike Javelin Touvich 13 February 2018 16: 30
    wow, they smell me now
    get to know

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    1. faiver
      faiver 13 February 2018 16: 51
      for what? brdm went into the series a year earlier caddy, or is it not? bully
      1. Spike Javelin Touvich
        Spike Javelin Touvich 13 February 2018 17: 29
        No one year old
        And the development is even earlier
        1. faiver
          faiver 13 February 2018 18: 07
          the caddy went to the series in 64, the mess in 63, so sorry, respectively, with the development the same thing ... hi
          1. Spike Javelin Touvich
            Spike Javelin Touvich 13 February 2018 19: 20
            Live and learn
  4. Valery Saitov
    Valery Saitov 14 February 2018 07: 26
    Everything has to be modernized — there are simply good options (they are being modernized), but there are isolated copies of equipment that are not included in the series. And it does not make sense to third countries to invent something, I bought and fight.