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BMP-3 Dragun

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Unveiled / Entered Service
BMP-3M Dragun Prototype Infantry Fighting Vehicle
Former Prototype
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The BMP-3 Dragun is a complete rework and internal layout of the BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle hull with a new unmanned turret, referred to as “100+30RCWS” aka <<Dragun>> and was developed for the United Arab Emirates.


The BMP-3 Dragun (uses the BMP-3M) was developed to meet the needs of the United Arab Emirates who required alterations to the internal layout of their BMP-3.

The vehicle was unveiled for the first time during the Russia Arms Expo 2015 that took place in Nizhny Tagil (Russia) from the 9 to 12 September 2015.

New Layout

The obvious change has been the relocation of the engine from the rear of the vehicle to the front. The use of a semi-unmanned turret meant the x3 man crew were located behind the engine bay, with the embarked infantry now in the rear of the hull.

The removal of the engine in the rear meant that a large, single powered ramp was put in the back. This gave the infantry additional protection when entering/exiting the vehicle as they no longer had to climb over the engine, which mean’t they were exposed to enemy fire when doing so.

Whilst the layout changes provided additional protection, the vehicle did not receive any additional armour or active protection systems.

Unmanned Turret

During the Arms Expo, the display named the new unmanned turret “100+30RCWS” whilst in the glossy product brochure, it was called <<Dragun>> unmanned fighting module.

The turret retained the same 100mm main gun, coaxial 30mm chain gun and coaxial 7.62mm machine gun, but featured a new fire control system called Vityaz, which included new commanders and gunners sights.

Status and Future

At the defence expo, the display showed that the revised hull could be fitted with two additional turrets:

  1. An unmanned 57mm turret (RCWS 57). This turret would be developed into the 57 Derivation Turret aka 2S38 ZAK-57 Derivatsiya-PVO.
  2. RCWS 125. This turret despite its name has a turret basket in the hull and crew hatches in the turret roof. The diagram of the turret is identical to the 2S25 in terms of shaped angled panels but has a different sight layout, thought it is named “Sprut” in some diagrams.


Nothing ever came of the vehicle with its new three turret options, but the hull was later used for the BMP-3M Manul, which was first seen in 2020 and featured both additional hull armour and the BM Bumerang-BM unmanned turret as used on the T-15 Armata and Kurganets-25.


Main Gun
100mm 2A70, 30mm 2A72 chain gun
ATGM Capability
3UBK23-3 (9M117 Bastion)
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
100mm x22, 30mm x500 (x305 HE, x195 AP) x8 ATGM
UTD-32 Diesel 600 HP
Top Road Speed
Road Range
Fuel Capacity
Vertical Obstacle
Water Capability
Amph. 10km/h
Trench Crossing
Side Slope
Length Gun Forward
Length Hull
2.57m Turret top
Ground Clearance
21+ tonne
NBC Protected
Standard Armor(s) Type
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
Commander, Gunner, Driver
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