This is the fifth part of the review devoted to the civilian versions of the BRDM-2. The previous parts can be found here:
BRDM. Scouts in civilian life. Part one;
BRDM. Scouts in civilian life. Part two; BRDM. Scouts in civilian life. Part three; BRDM. Scouts in civilian life. Part four.
As promised, in this and subsequent materials, I post reviews of the BRDM, modernized in specialized companies.
Enterprise "Ecoprof", Kiev. The engineering company, founded in 2007, is engaged in developments in the field of modernization and overhaul of armored vehicles and automobiles.
For a long time, the company's employees were the leading engineers and chief specialists of the 482 design and technological center of the main armored directorate of the USSR Ministry of Defense (then the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine) and have extensive experience in carrying out these works.
Tuning of armored vehicles includes the following works:
- replacement of the carburetor engine with a diesel engine produced by IVECO, MMZ, ISUZU;
- Installation of an automatic transmission;
- manufacturing and installation of armored windows;
- interior fabrication: cutting of armor from above for interior, fabrication and installation of the interior frame, insulation and sheathing, flooring, interior decoration, fabrication and installation of seats, torpedo fabrication;
- installation of a removable fiberglass cabin;
- painting the body according to the approved sketches;
- air conditioner installation;
- installation of an electric winch;
- installation of parking sensors, audio and video systems, GPS navigator, night vision devices.
We can offer a similar tuning complex to amateurs of armored personnel carriers.
Tuning option for BRDM-2 for tourism and outdoor activities. The proposed tuning option is intended for excursion and walking use of the car in places of active recreation. The open top and high seating position of passengers in the cabin allows them to freely view their surroundings, since the upper level of the roof will be at the level of the passenger's chest. A removable awning protects passengers from rain and sun rays. Additional wheels are removed, the engine and jet propeller remain unchanged. The machine retains the ability to move around water bodies.
BRDM-2 for tourism and outdoor activities.
Entrance to the salon from both sides through sealed entrance doors measuring 60x115 cm. It is possible to install doors in the upper part of the body, in this case, ascend to the door by steps in the body. It is supposed to install 3 rows of seats: 1 row - driver and 1 passenger; 2nd row - 3 passengers; 3rd row - 3 passengers. The total number of seats is 8 (including the driver's seat). The dimensions of the seats and the distance between the seats have been selected taking into account ergonomic requirements. Visibility for the driver and passenger on the 1st row is increased by installing additional windows.
Tuning option for BRDM-2 for hunting and fishing. In this version, the following is additionally installed: a superstructure with a base size of 1400x1500 mm; trunk; ladder; in the salon there is a sofa for three people.
The presence of a superstructure with built-in windows, as well as additional side windows in the upper part of the hull, allows passengers to view the surrounding environment while sitting on the sofa. When the upper hatch of the tower is open, you can fire from guns while standing. Additional wheels are not dismantled, thus maintaining the ability of the machine to overcome trenches up to 1.5 meters wide.
BRDM-2 for hunting and fishing.
The ability to swim in water is also retained. There are no side doors in the car, entrance to the salon through the top hatch of the superstructure and standard hatches. The total number of seats is 5 (including the driver's seat). The dimensions of the seats and the distance between the seats have been selected taking into account ergonomic requirements. There is a lot of free space in the cabin for storing luggage. Shelves and drawers can be equipped. In addition, almost any cargo (boat, hunting prey, etc.) can be placed and tied on the outer trunk with a platform measuring 1, 3x1, 5 m. The machine has a convenient access to the trunk and superstructure from the rear ladder. The proposed version of the modernization of the machine can be widely used for official purposes for patrolling land, forest and water areas, and also due to its versatility - in other cases and situations at the request of the owner.