Next Russian BMP-3 batch to feature a serial anti-drone system

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In recent developments, the Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, which is frequently supplied to the Russian army, is set to receive a significant upgrade. The focus is on integrating anti-drone systems, as confirmed by Russian sources. The Kurganmashzavod manufacturer has started the serial production of BMP-3s equipped with drone suppression systems. 

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The BMP-3s currently delivered to the Russian army already feature these systems, although they were initially in a testing phase to validate their effectiveness. Known as the Rys [Lynx] electronic warfare system, this technology aims to counter and neutralize unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs] that pose battlefield threats. 

The Rys [Lynx] is a cutting-edge electronic warfare system now integrated into the Russian BMP-3. Designed specifically to target and neutralize UAVs, this enhancement significantly boosts the BMP-3’s capabilities. With this advanced technology, the BMP-3 becomes an even more versatile and formidable asset in modern warfare.

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The Rys [Lynx] system uses cutting-edge technology to meet its goals. Employing electronic jamming and signal disruption methods, it effectively interferes with enemy drone communications and control links. This means it can disable or misdirect UAVs, thwarting their reconnaissance or attack missions. Impressively, the system can target multiple drones simultaneously, making it a formidable defense against swarm tactics. 

When it comes to design, the Rys [Lynx] system is compact and fits seamlessly into the BMP-3. This ensures that the BMP-3 maintains its operational capacity while adding the powerful tool of drone suppression. While the exact dimensions are classified, rest assured it is designed to integrate perfectly within the BMP-3’s structure. 

Technically, the Rys [Lynx] system boasts a range of electronic countermeasures [ECMs] for various scenarios. It features high-power jamming transmitters, directional antennas, and sophisticated signal processing units that work together to detect, track, and neutralize UAVs from different distances. Additionally, the system is highly automated, minimizing the need for manual intervention and enabling a quick response to new threats.

Photo by Anton Denisov / Sputnik

The operation of the Rys [Lynx] system is quite fascinating. Initially, its sensors are on the lookout for UAVs in the area. Upon spotting a drone, the system meticulously analyzes the drone’s communication signals to craft the most effective jamming tactic. Following this, jamming transmitters spring into action, emitting signals that disrupt the drone’s control and navigation, ultimately causing it to lose contact with its operator or become disoriented. On certain occasions, the system can even seize control of the drone, steering it away from friendly forces. 

In essence, the Rys [Lynx] drone suppression system marks a significant leap in electronic warfare capabilities for the BMP-3. Integrating this system means the BMP-3 is more prepared to tackle the escalating threat posed by UAVs in modern combat scenarios. This enhancement boosts not only the vehicle’s survivability but also the effectiveness of the troops it supports. 

The most recent delivery of BMP-3s to the Russian army happened on June 17. According to BulgarianMilitary.com, although Russia didn’t officially disclose the number of BMP-3s delivered that day, a circulated video suggested it might be between 20 and 30 units. 

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A Russian source noted that the armored vehicles dispatched to the military feature additional factory-installed protection. This includes anti-cumulative grills and armored screens, along with Nakidka kits to shield the equipment from thermal imaging detection. 

Additionally, the BMP-3s are upgraded with modified factory protection for the upper hemisphere. These improvements have significantly boosted the combat survivability of the BMP-3, making them highly desirable in the Northwestern Military District. 

Nakidka is a radar-absorbent material [RAM] camouflage system developed by Russia to enhance the stealth capabilities of various military vehicles, including the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle. This material aims to reduce the vehicle’s radar signature, making it less detectable by enemy radar systems. 

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The primary function of Nakidka is to absorb and scatter radar waves, thereby lowering the radar cross-section [RCS] of the vehicle. This makes it more challenging for enemy radar systems to pinpoint and track the BMP-3, offering a tactical edge in combat scenarios.

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