Syrian Airborne

Syrian airborne squad with BMP-3M for support, 2008

BMP-3 stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty 3, meaning Infantry Fighting Vehicle 3. It is a successor the the aging BMP-1 and BMP-2 designs. The primary weapon is 100mm cannon mounted in the turret and it is very effective against infantry and hardened positions. BMP-3 is also armed with AT-10 "Arkan" missile system and 30mm autocannon next to the 100mm cannon. Finally there are three 7.62mm machine guns, so a single BMP-3 packs a punch. It is one of the most modern IFV's in the world. Bradley IFV's still have the upper hand when engaged 1-on-1, but LAV-25's should be used carefully when encountering BMP-3s. The IFV can be found in the games Combat Mission: Shock Force Marines and Combat Mission: Black Sea.

Technical informationEdit

  • 100mm cannon
  • AT-10 "Arkan" ATGM
  • BMP-3 Arena

    Russian BMP-3M (Arena) dismounting infantry in Ukraine, 2017

    30mm autocannon
  • Three 7.62mm machine guns
  • Excellent fire control system
  • Lightly armored
  • Diesel engine
  • Weighs 19 tons
  • Ammo:
    • 100mm HE (40 rounds)

      9P157-2 Khrizantema-S in Ukraine, 2017

    • 30mm HE-I (305 rounds)
    • 30mm APDS (195 rounds)
    • 7.62mm (6k rounds)
    • AT-10 Stabber (9K116-3 Basnya) T-HEAT (8 missiles)
  • Crew: 2 (gunner, driver)
  • Passengers: 10

Variants in the gameEdit

Marines module (CMSF):

  • BRM-3K

    BRM-3K conducting recon in Ukraine, 2017

    BMP-3M: The modernized model of BMP-3. A great IFV and can overcome any other Syrian light armored vehicle easily. Probably has upper hand on the older Syrian tanks as well.

Base game (CMBS):

  • BMP-3
  • BMP-3K
  • BMP-3M
  • BMP-3M (Arena): Russian Arena-system is the successor of the Soviet Drozd-system. It can destroy enemy rockets and missiles that are heading towards it. (Active Protection System, hard-kill)
  • BMP-3M (ERA)
  • BMP-3M (Shtora): Active Protection System, soft-kill
  • 9P157-2 Khrizantema-S
  • BRM-3K


  • CMSF Marines game manual v1.10
  • Combat Mission: Black Sea game manual
  • Wikipedia
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