ACE-72103 1/72 BRDM with Konkurs ATGWa model kit
Shown for the first time at the military parade held in Moscow in November 1977 was a BRDM-2 fitted with a turret on top of which were mounted five new ready to launch missiles which have been given the NATO code-name of 'Spandrel', or AT-5. This vehicle is sometimes referred to as the BRDM-3. To the rear of the turret in the top of the hull is a hatch which enables the launcher to be reloaded without the crew leaving the vehicle. It is estimated that in addition to the five visible missiles a further 10 are earned inside the hull. The missile is of the second-generation type (semi-automatic, command-to-line-of-sight) and all that the operator has to do is to keep the cross-hairs of his sight on the target to ensure a hit. The sight is in the roof of the vehicle on the right side and can be traversed through 180°. The HEAT warhead weighs about 7 kg and will penetrate between 500 mm and 600 mm of armour at an incidence of 0°. The launch tube has a blow-out cap at the front and is flared at the rear. Basic specifications of the AT-5 'Spandrel' ATGW are as follows: Length:l.3 m Diameter: 155 mm Max range: 4000 m Min range: 100m Max flight time: approx 20 s On some BRDM-2 'Spandrel' ATGW vehicles, for example those used by Iraq, the outer launch position has been fitted with the AT-4 'Spigot' ATGW. This arrange-ment allows the carriage of an increased missile load, believed to be six AT-5 'Spandrels' plus eight AT-4 'Spigots'rather than 10 AT-5s. The BRDM-2 was designed by V K Rubstov of the Dedkov 0KB in the early 1960s as the successor to the earlier BRDM-1 and was first seen in public during 1966. Main improve-ments over the earlier vehicles are its fully enclosed armament installation, more powerful rear-mounted engine which gives it a higher road and cross-country performance, and better water performance.The all-welded steel armour hull of the BRDM-2 provides the crew with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver is seated at the front of the hull on the left with the vehicle commander to his right. Both are provided with a bullet-proof windscreen to their front which is covered by an armoured shutter, hinged at the lop, when the vehicle is in combat areas. When the shutters are in position the driver and commander observe the terrain through periscopes around the front and sides of their position, mounted level with the roof of the vehicle.
Ace 1/72 BRDM with Konkurs ATGWa model kit. Pic.1
The engine compartment is at the rear of the hull and there are two air-inlet louvres in the forward part of the engine compartment roof and four smaller air-inlet louvres to the rear. The exhaust pipes are on either side of the hull. The engine compartment is separated from the crew compartment by a bulkhead.
The suspension consists of four semi-elliptical springs with telescopic dual-action shock absorbers mounted two per axle. Steering is hydraulically assisted on the front two wheels with the sealed brakes having air-assisted hydraulic actuators.
On each side of the vehicle, between the front and rear wheels, are two chain-driven belly wheels, which are lowered by the driver and give the BRDM-2 improved cross-country performance and also allow it to cross ditches. A central tyre pressure regulation system allows the driver to adjust the tyre pressure to suit the type of ground being crossed. The driver can adjust the pressure on all four tyres or on individual tyres while the vehicle is still moving. If one of the tyres is damaged, the air compressor can maintain the tyre pressure until the vehicle is out of the combat area.
The BRDM-2 is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by a single water-jet at the rear of the hull.