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Russia develops world’s most maneuverable infantry combat vehicle

September 10, 2015, 12:30 UTC+3 NIZHNY TAGIL
Unlike the majority of foreign infantry combat vehicles, the Dragun has retained its floatability and capacity to cross rivers
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Russia's BMP-3 combat vehicle

Russia's BMP-3 combat vehicle

© ITAR-TASS/Marina Lystseva

NIZHNY TAGIL, September 10. /TASS-DEFENSE/. An advanced version of the Russian infantry combat vehicle BMP-3, designated as Dragun, has become the most maneuverable in the world. This conclusion was made on the basis of the Dragun’s tactical characteristics released for the first time at the Russia Arms Expo-2015 international exhibition.

The advanced infantry combat vehicle was fitted out with the UDT-32T diesel engine with bench power of 816 hp. As a result, the Dragun’s power-weight ratio reaches 38 hp/ton.

The power-weight ratio of the US M2A3 Bradley IFV equals 19.74 hp/ton, the German Puma 25.5-34.59 hp/ton, the French VBCI 18.6 hp/ton and the British FV510 Warrior 23.5 hp/ton.

Unlike the majority of foreign infantry combat vehicles, the Dragun has retained its floatability and capacity to cross rivers.

This version of the BMP-3 is also equipped with a prototype of a remote-controlled combat module with cannon armament.

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