Faction Russian Armed Forces
Type Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Seats 10 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
  • 2× Hull Gunners
  • 5× Passengers
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
  • 5× Backpacks
Top speed 70 km/h on land
10 km/h in water
Fuel capacity 300 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× 2A70 100 mm
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 8× 9M117M1 Arkan ATGM
  • 2× PKT 7.62 mm


  • 1× 2A72 30 mm
  • 1× PKT 7.62 mm


  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants None

The BMP-3 is a tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle operated exclusively by the Russian Armed Forces in ArmA 2.


  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Fire support
« The BMP-3 is is an infantry fighting vehicle developed in Russia. It is one of the most heavily armed combat vehicles worldwide. It features 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, 2A72 dual feed autocannon, 7.62 mm machine gun, and two 7.62 mm bow machine guns.
The BMP-3 is capable of engaging targets out to 5-6 km, however there is minimum engagement range of about 300 m.
Armoury Description


The BMP-3 is the latest model in the BMP series of tracked IFVs. It is a tracked, armoured, amphibious vehicle designed to engage both armoured ground and air threats while stationary, on the move, and while afloat.

It uses a rear-mounted engine for a better weight distribution and has improved amphibious capabilities over its predecessors.

It is armed with a 100 mm rifled gun as its primary weapon and has a dual-mount 30 mm autocannon/7.62 mm medium machine gun that serve as its coaxial weapons.

The BMP-3's main gun is also capable of launching anti-tank guided missiles. There are also two forward-facing PKT machine guns located on either side of the hull (in the front below the turret).

The standard loadout of the BMP-3 gives it 22 rounds of high-explosive (HE) shells and 8 ATGMs for the main gun. The coaxial PKT feeds from a single 2,000 round belt of 7.62 mm ammunition, while the 2A72 autocannon has 250 rounds of HE and 250 rounds of armor-piercing (AP) shells, with a combined total of 500 rounds.

The two hull gunner PKT's are pre-loaded with one 250 round belt boxes of 7.62 mm ammunition by default, and have a further four boxes left in reserve (forming a total of 2,500 rounds with both gunners).


BMP-3 in combat.

Originally envisioned as a light tank, the BMP-3 is arguably the best infantry fighting vehicle in ArmA 2. Not only does it completely outclass both the American AAVP-7A1 and M2A3 Bradley IFVs in terms of raw firepower, it can resist just as much punishment while being capable of returning the favour in a vast number of ways.

Amphibious-capable and heavily armed, the BMP-3's combination of a coaxial 30 mm autocannon and gun-launched ATGMs also lets it tackle Main Battle Tanks and low-flying helicopters alike head on if there aren't any T-90s or Tunguskas available for support (though it will need to rely heavily on defilade in the case of the former).

Its only drawbacks are that it has slightly worse handling compared to the AAV, and cannot transport as many troops at a time; the AAV is able to carry up to nineteen passengers whereas the BMP-3 is limited to five only (not including the two hull gunners).

Crew Capacity
The BMP-3 has a crew of three personnel consisting of the driver, a gunner, and the commander. It can transport up to seven passengers at a time, with two of the passengers sitting in the front left and right parts of the hull, serving as auxiliary crewmen gunners.


The BMP-3 has a base armour value of 300.


NOTE: For specifics on the 2A72's munitions, see its related section listed here.

All weapon systems (except for two PKT machine guns) are controlled exclusively by the gunner position. For optics, they have access to two fields of view:


The BMP-3's primary weapon. Fires 100 mm high-explosive (HE) rounds useful against groups of infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles.

The 2A70 has an effective firing range of 1,200 metres and a maximum firing range of 2,500 metres. There is always a fixed delay of 6 seconds in-between shots, but it only takes 2 seconds to reload a fresh batch of rounds (assuming the BMP-3 has run out of shells and has rearmed at a logistics vehicle).


Coaxial 30 mm autocannon. It can be loaded with either HE or AP-type munitions and has an effective firing range of 1,500 metres.

It can attain a fire rate of 400 rounds per minute and has a fixed dispersion of 0.0005 rad at all distances. Up to 10 seconds will be required to finish switching between munition types.

9M117M1 Arkan

Anti-tank guided missile. Fired directly from the main 2A70 cannon.

Missiles have an initial launch velocity of 450 m/s but will decrease to 430 m/s in mid-flight. 30 seconds are required before another missile can be loaded into the cannon.

Its seeker is infrared-guided and is effective up to a maximum range of 3,500 metres. The warhead is HEAT-based and has a blast radius of only 1.5 metres.


There are a total of three PKT machine guns equipped on the BMP-3, one mounted adjacent to the main 2A70/2A72 cannons and two attached to the front right/left sides of the hull.

They all have identical fire rates of 800 RPM with muzzle velocities of 900 m/s. Accuracy-wise, dispersion is always fixed at 0.00125 rad. It takes 5 seconds to finish reloading a fresh linked belt/belt box.

The hull PKTs are controlled by the front hull gunners only. Horizontal and vertical rotation limits depend on their position; for the right gunner it is a maximum of 5 degrees right and 15 degrees left, while for the left gunner it is a maximum of 15 degrees left and 5 degrees right instead. Both have an identical elevation of 15 degrees and a depression of 5 degrees.

Optics for the coaxial PKT are the same as those used by the 2A70/2A72, while for the hull gunner PKTs they use a fixed field of view with a non-adjustable zoom.



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See also

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration