BRDM-2MB Bekas armored reconnaissance vehicle upgraded by B-Arms


On June 9, 2020, the first display of the upgraded version of the Soviet-era BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle designated the Bekas BRDM-2MB, organized by the Military-Technical Society Interregional Public Organization for the Promotion of the Study and Operation of Military Equipment, was held in Ruzsky District of the Moscow Region together with enterprise B-ARMS LLC, Defense Studies reports.

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Modernized armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle BRDM-2MB Bekas developed by B-Arms LLC during a demonstration in the Ruzsky district of the Moscow region (Picture source:  Sergey Bulkin)


At this event, B-Arms presented a deeply modernized version of the BRDM-2MB Bekas armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle, work on which began in 2016, said project chief designer Alexei Butrimov. This version of the vehicle benefits from various technical improvements. Chief designer Alexey Butrimov said the modernized Bekas is fitted with 6 mm appliqué armor plates over the most vulnerable points, anti-blast seats, a mine-protected floor, air conditioning, a modernized braking system, a situational awareness system, a new 136 hp diesel engine, and a more ergonomic dashboard. Its hull’s sloped armor protects against 7.62 mm and 12.7 mm bullets, while the frontal arc is designed to withstand KPVT 14.5 mm heavy rounds fired at a range of 300 meters.

The BRDM-2MB retains the KPVT 14.5 mm heavy machine gun and Kalashnikov PKT medium machine gun in a protected turret. It has a crew of three and can carry two passengers.


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Modernized armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle BRDM-2MB Bekas developed by B-Arms LLC during a demonstration in the Ruzsky district of the Moscow region (Picture source:  Sergey Bulkin)


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The driving compartment of the original RDM-2MB Bekas has been modernized by B-Arms LLC (Picture source:  Sergey Bulkin)


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