The modernization project for the BMD-2K-AU (“automated unified command system”) was created at the Research Institute of Communication and Control Systems (Moscow). This project involves the installation of a set of new equipment on existing commander vehicles. Such a revision concerns only the complex of radio-electronic means and is intended to enhance the capabilities of the commanding BMD in the management of the parachute battalion.
As part of the modernization, the base BMD-2Ks receive a set of automation and communication equipment of the 3 type (so-called KSAC-3), intended for use by the paratroop battalion commander. The equipment installed in the vehicle is part of the automated control system of the battalion of the airborne or airborne assault division Polet-K. The equipment of the BMD-2K-AU combat vehicle provides communication and control of the unit in several modes. Depending on the situation, the battalion commander can perform all operations manually or transfer part of his duties to automation.
According to reports, during the installation of KSAC-3 equipment, the base BMD-2K does not undergo any noticeable changes. Machine design, power plant, weapons, etc. remain the same. If necessary, repair can probably be carried out. Such an approach to modernization to a certain extent facilitates the simultaneous operation of equipment of several models of the same family, and also ensures their joint combat work.
Thus, the BMD-2K-AU retains anti-bullet reservation protecting the crew and units from shelling from weapons caliber 12,7 mm (frontal projection) or 7,62 mm (round). Combat weight remains at the level of 8 t, which allows you to parachute the car and cross water obstacles by swimming. 5D-20-240 diesel engine with 240 horsepower provides maximum speed on the highway to 60 km / h and on the water to 10 km / h.
The armament of the updated command vehicle remains the same. The main weapon is the 30-mm automatic gun 2А42. 7,62-mm PKTM machine gun is paired with a gun. Another such machine gun mounted in the course installation case. If necessary, the crew can use anti-tank missile system. On the roof of the tower there is a pin for mounting the 9P135M launcher of the XFUMOT 9K111 complex. The control equipment and the trigger mechanism with fixtures for the rocket transport and launch container is fixed on the pin.
Keeping the basic characteristics of all the previous BMDs of its family, the BMD-2K-AU can operate in the same combat formations with other machines, providing control of the battalion's combat work. In addition, the commander machine retains all the possibilities for direct participation in the battle. If necessary, it, like the other equipment of the unit, can fire at targets using all available weapons.
According to some sources, a serial modernization of the existing BMD-2K machines for a new project has now been launched. These works are carried out by several enterprises responsible for the supply of necessary components and installation of equipment on the basic machines. Thus, the installation of new equipment was entrusted to the Kaluga Telegraph Equipment Plant.
The troops have already received a certain amount of BMD-2 in the "Commander Automated Unified" version. According to public information, in 2014, the Research and Development Institute of Communication and Control Systems, together with related enterprises, should have transferred to the customer two dozen modernized machines. Based on the available data, it can be assumed that the modernization of the BMD-2K machines will continue. The total airborne demand for such equipment can be estimated at several dozen units. Apparently, the BMD-2K-AU should be in every battalion that has the base BMD-2 in service.
Currently, the Airborne Forces have several dozen BMD-2K-AU airborne assault vehicles, delivered in various formations. In early October, one of the newest commander vehicles arrived in Rostov-on-Don to participate in the exhibition "Innovation Day of the Southern Military District."
Antenna on the roof of the hull, at the starboard. The only major exterior element that distinguishes BMD-2K-AU from BMD-2
On the frontal part of the tower there is a searchlight mechanically connected with the installation of the gun.
On the right side of the tower mounted awning