The BRDM‑NIK is a radical and deep modernization of the Soviet-made BRDM-2 (Boyevaya Razvedyvatelnaya Dozornaya Mashina, literally “Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle”) armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle.
Ukrainian designers developed low-cost modernisation package for BRDM-2, which is operated by the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Bases vehicle entered service with the Soviet Army in 1962. It was first publicly shown in 1966.
The new BRDM‑NIK has reinforced armor in a completely redesigned front zone, as well as elements of slat armor, substantially increased interior volume.
The hull is manufactured from armor steel which is 10 millimeters thick. Mounted protective armor elements give it additional tenacity. This scheme of armor will allow for a considerable increase in the level of safety of the vehicle as well as its crew.
BRDM’s armament includes “Falconet” robotized combat module with guns of 14,5-mm caliber and 7,62 mm PKT. Employment of he combat module allows to increase the fire power of BRDM-NIK when needed.
Moreover, BRDM-NIK is equipped with new digital radiostations which provide reliable and secure communications.