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BMP-3F is a marines fight­ing ve­hi­cle de­signed and man­u­fac­tured by Rus­sian com­pany Kur­gan­mashza­vod, for more sus­tained am­phibi­ous as­sault op­er­a­tions. The ve­hi­cle fea­tures a flex­i­ble de­sign to op­er­ate un­der dif­fi­cult sea con­di­tions, and of­fers in­creased fire­power, ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity and pro­tec­tion of the marines over its base model, the BMP-3 in­fantry fight­ing ve­hi­cle, which was first pro­duced in the late 1980s. Other vari­ants in the BMP-3 fam­ily of ve­hi­cles in­clude BMP-3K com­mand post ve­hi­cle and the BRM-3K com­bat re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cle. The marines ve­hi­cle fea­tures higher floata­bil­ity re­serve fac­tor and sta­bil­ity and can be afloat at sea state three and do fir­ing with nec­es­sary ac­cu­racy at sea state two. The ve­hi­cle is op­er­ated by a crew of three and ac­com­mo­dates seven soldiers. It has a length of 7.14 m, width of 3.5 m and height of 2.5 m, while the weight is 1,8,700 kg. The ve­hi­cle is equipped with a light weight anti-surge vane and an air in­take tube.

The BMP-3F marines fight­ing ve­hi­cle is equipped with a 100mm semi-au­to­matic 2A70 gun / mis­sile launcher serv­ing as the pri­mary ar­ma­ment. The launcher, sta­bilised in two axes, can fire 3UOF HE-FRAG rounds or 3UBK10 anti-tank guided mis­siles. The ve­hi­cle is also armed with a 30mm 2A72 au­to­matic gun, which is also sta­bilised in two axes. The au­to­matic gun fires 3UOR-6 and 3UOR-8 rounds. A 7.62mm PKTM coax­ial ma­chine gun, two 7.62mm bow ma­chine guns and an 81mm smoke grenade launcher are also fit­ted.

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