In recent updates, the Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, a staple in the Russian army’s inventory, is undergoing a significant enhancement. The focus lies in integrating advanced anti-drone systems, as officially confirmed by Russian sources. Production has commenced at Kurganmashzavod to equip BMP-3s with these drone suppression capabilities.

The latest BMP-3 models delivered to the Russian army already include these systems, following successful testing to validate their effectiveness. Known as the Rys (Lynx) electronic warfare system, this technology is designed specifically to counter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that pose threats on the battlefield.

The Rys (Lynx) system represents cutting-edge electronic warfare integrated into the Russian BMP-3, significantly enhancing its capabilities. This technology employs sophisticated electronic jamming and signal disruption methods to interfere effectively with enemy drone communications and control links. It can engage multiple drones simultaneously, providing robust defense against swarm tactics.

The compact design of the Rys (Lynx) system seamlessly integrates into the BMP-3, ensuring operational efficiency while adding potent drone suppression capabilities. Details on its exact dimensions are classified for security reasons.

Technologically, the Rys (Lynx) system features a range of electronic countermeasures (ECMs), including high-power jamming transmitters, directional antennas, and advanced signal processing units. These components work together to detect, track, and neutralize UAVs across different distances autonomously.

Operationally, the Rys (Lynx) system scans for UAVs in its vicinity and employs tailored jamming tactics upon detection. Its high degree of automation enables rapid responses to emerging threats, effectively disrupting drone operations and enhancing battlefield survivability for the BMP-3 and its accompanying forces.

The recent delivery of BMP-3s to the Russian army occurred on June 17, with estimates suggesting between 20 to 30 units based on circulated videos. These armored vehicles are equipped with enhanced factory-installed protection, including anti-cumulative grills, armored screens, and Nakidka kits. These upgrades, particularly in upper hemisphere protection, significantly bolster the BMP-3’s combat effectiveness, particularly in the Northwestern Military District.

Nakidka, a radar-absorbent material (RAM) camouflage system developed by Russia, further enhances the BMP-3’s stealth capabilities. By reducing its radar signature, Nakidka makes the vehicle less susceptible to detection by enemy radar systems, offering strategic advantages in diverse combat scenarios.