SU-100 L Gun
1974 - Soviet BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Armament: 1 - 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon
1 - 7.62mm PKT MG
1 -9 Sh 119 missile launcher for Fagot and Konturs
UTD-20, 6 cyl., diesel, 295 hp
40 mph (road), 4 mph (water)
3-7 infantry men
Weight: 13.8 tons
The BMP is elegantly engineered and quite complicated. It is compact with a low
silhouette and is fully amphibious. Much lower than the M2 Bradley. Equipped
with a 2-man turret. The 30mm cannon is effective against light armored vehicles
as well as missile firing helicopters. Ammo loading system is poorly designed.
Reloading is very slow. The gun can fire at two different rates and is fully
stabilized in two planes. A remarkable feature is that the rear doors are hollow
and serve as fuel tanks, an obvious danger. The BMP-2 saw action in Afghanistan.