Top 10 Infantry Fighting Vehicles

An infantry fighting vehicle is also known as a Mechanized Infantry Fighting Vehicle. It is an armoured combat vehicle that is primarily designed and equipped to carry a combat infantry team. These fighting vehicles are also armed with an integral or organic cannon of at least 20mm cal. Sometimes it is equipped with an anti-tank missile launcher. In this list, we have selected The 10 Best Infantry Fighting Vehicles. So let's take a look at the Top Ten Infantry Fighting Vehicles.

Summary

  • Puma
  • Lynx (Rheinmetall armoured fighting vehicle)
  • K21
  • Combat Vehicle 90
  • M2 Bradley
  • Kurganets-25
  • Type 08 or ZBD-08
  • BMP-3
  • Mowag Piranha V
  • Warrior tracked armoured vehicle



10. Warrior tracked armoured vehicle


Warrior tracked armoured vehicle

At number 10 is the Warrior tracked armoured vehicle. This IFV entered service with the British Army in 1988. A total of 798 vehicles were built when production ceased in 1995. The British army plans to operate these armoured vehicles until 2035. The Warrior tracked armoured vehicle has a weight of 25.4 tons and a capacity of 10 crews. The armour of the Warrior vehicle is aluminium and applique. Its main armaments are 30 mm L21A1 RARDEN cannon and 40 mm CTA International CT40 cannon will be installed in future. The secondary armament consists of L94A1 coaxial 7.62 mm chain gun and 7.62 mm machine gun. The engine of a warrior is a Perkins V-8 Condor Diesel 550 hp, and it has a maximum speed of 46 mph (75 km/h) on road and 31 mph (50 km/h) off-road.


  • Weight: 25.4 tonnes
  • Capacity: 10
  • Main Armament: 30 mm L21A1 RARDEN cannon
  • Secondary Armament:  L94A1 coaxial 7.62 mm chain gun and 7.62 mm machine gun
  • Engine: Perkins V-8 Condor Diesel
  • Speed: 75 km/h


9. Mowag Piranha V


Mowag Piranha V

At number 9 is Mowag Piranha V. The Mowag Piranha V fighting vehicle is one variant of the fifth generation of Mowag Piranha family of vehicles. It was developed in Switzerland and revealed in 2010. The mass of Mowag Piranha V is 33 tons and has a capacity of 11 crews. It has an all-welded steel armoured hull with integrated atom composite modular armour. The baseline version provides all-round protection against 14.4 mm armour-piercing rounds and artillery shell splinters. This vehicle can have 1× 12.7 mm MG turret or MOWAG apex mount, or 30mm grenade launcher 30 mm auto-cannon TOW anti-tank missile in its main armament. This IVF can be powered with MTU 6V199 TE21 or Scania DC13 430–480 kW engine. The speed of Mowag Piranha V is 100km/h.

  • Weight: 33 tons
  • Capacity: 11 
  • Main Armament: 1× 12.7 mm MG turret or MOWAG apex mount, or 30mm grenade launcher 30 mm auto-cannon TOW anti-tank missile
  • Secondary Armament: N/A
  • Engine: MTU 6V199 TE21 or Scania DC13 430–480 kW
  • Speed: 100km/h

8. BMP-3

BMP-3

Next best Infantry Fighting Vehicle is BMP-3. The BMP-3 is a Soviet and Russian infantry fighting vehicle. BMP-3 is among the few modern IFV's that are fully amphibious. The BMP-3 was originally designed to become a light tank, but it was eventually repurposed as an IFV. The BMP-3 has weighed about 18.7 tons and has the capacity of 12 crews. This infantry vehicle has Aluminium alloy + steel, 35mm+ frontally, all-around small arms fire protection up to 12.7mm armour. The 2K23 turret with 100 mm gun/launcher 2A70 or B05Ya01 Berezhok turret with 2A42, AGS-30 grenade launcher, Kornet-EM, and PKT machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station turret with 57 mm BM-57 autocannon and 7.62mm PKMT machine gun are its main armaments and 2 × 7.62 mm PKT machine guns are its secondary armament. This IFV is powered with a UTD-29M diesel engine that gives him the maximum road speed of 72 km/h.

  • Weight: 18.7 tons
  • Capacity: 12 
  • Main Armament: 2K23 turret with 100 mm gun/launcher 2A70 or B05Ya01 Berezhok turret with 2A42, AGS-30 grenade launcher, Kornet-EM, and PKT machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station turret with 57 mm BM-57 autocannon and 7.62mm PKMT machine gun
  • Secondary Armament:  2 × 7.62 mm PKT machine guns
  • Engine: UTD-29M diesel
  • Speed: 72 km/h


7. Type 08 or ZBD-08


Type 08 or ZBD-08

At number 7 is ZBD-08. The ZBD-08 or Type 08 is a Chinese updated and enhanced version of the Soviet or Russian BMP-3. First production variant, the ZBD-04, entered service in 2004 and improves to ZBD-08 after a couple of years. This new infantry fighting vehicle is produced in large numbers for the Chinese army, and this is weighing between 20 to 25 tons with a capacity of to 7 to 13 people. The ZBD-08 has 30 mm cannon as its primary armament. HJ-73 Anti-Tank Guided Missile 7.62 mm machine gun is in its secondary armament. Type 08 has the Deutz BF6M1015C diesel engine that gives him the maximum speed of 100km/h.

  • Weight: 20 to 25 tons
  • Capacity:  7 to 13
  • Main Armament: 30 mm cannon
  • Secondary Armament: HJ-73 Anti-Tank Guided Missile 7.62 mm machine gun
  • Engine: Deutz BF6M1015C diesel
  • Speed: 100km/h

6. Kurganets-25


Kurganets-25

Moving onto number 6, we have Kurganets-25. It was developed as a successor to the BMP-3 and the whole project was kept in high secrecy. The Kurganets-25 is 25 tons modular infantry fighting vehicle with a capacity of 11 crews. This armoured personnel carrier is developed for the Russian army. This Kurganets-25 vehicle is made with special aluminium alloy, and its main armament can have Bumerang-BM remote weapon station turret with 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, 9M133 Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, and PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station with 57mm BM-57 autocannon and 7.62mm PKMT machine gun. This beast is powered with 800 hp engine that gives him 80 km/h (50 mph) speed.

  • Weight: 25 tons
  • Capacity:
  • Main Armament: Bumerang-BM remote weapon station turret with 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, 9M133 Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, and PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun or AU-220M Baikal remote weapon station with 57mm BM-57 autocannon and 7.62mm PKMT machine gun
  • Secondary Armament: N/A
  • Engine: 800 hp engine
  • Speed: 80 km/h


5. M2 Bradley


M2 Bradley

At number 5 is M2 Bradley. The M2 Bradley or Bradley IFV is an American infantry fighting vehicle that is a member of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle family. The Bradley is designed for reconnaissance and to transport a squad of infantry providing them protection from small-arms fire. It has a total mass of 27.6 tons with a capacity of up to 9 people. M2 Bradley infantry vehicle has 25 mm M242 Chain Gun, 2 × TOW Anti-Tank Missile in its main armament and 7.62 mm coaxial M240C machine gun as his secondary armament. M2 Bradley has Cummins VTA-903T 8-cylinder diesel engine. Its total speed is 56 km/h on road.

  • Weight: 27.6 tons
  • Capacity: 9 
  • Main Armament: 25 mm M242 Chain Gun, 2 × TOW Anti-Tank Missile
  • Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm coaxial M240C machine gun
  • Engine: Cummins VTA-903T 8-cylinder diesel
  • Speed: 56 km/h

4. Combat Vehicle 90


Combat Vehicle 90

At number four is Combat Vehicle 90. The CV90 is a family of Swedish tracked combat vehicles designed by Sweden's defence administration during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. It entered service in Sweden in the mid-90s. It weighs between 23-35 tons depending on the model and the capacity of this vehicle is 11. The Combat Vehicle 90 has a welded steel armoured hull, and 40mm Bofors L/70 autocannon, 35mm/50 Bushmaster autocannon (export models MkIII and MKIV) 30mm Bushmaster autocannon (export model MkI & MkII) in its primary armament. Its secondary armament comprises of 7.62 mm Ksp m/39 machine gun and 6 × 76 mm grenade launchers. Two types of engines can be fitted in this vehicle one is Scania DS14 14 litres diesel I6, and the other one is DC16 16 litres diesel V8 engine. The total speed of this infantry fighting vehicle is 70 km/h (43 mph).

  • Weight: 23-35 tons
  • Capacity: 11
  • Main Armament: 40mm Bofors L/70 autocannon, 35mm/50 Bushmaster autocannon (export models MkIII and MKIV) 30mm Bushmaster autocannon (export model MkI & MkII)
  • Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm Ksp m/39 machine gun and 6 × 76 mm grenade launchers 
  • Engine: DC16 16 litres diesel V8
  • Speed: 70 km/h


3. K21


K21

Coming up next, we have K21. K21 is a replacement for the South Korean K200 series infantry fighting vehicles. The initial production began in 2009 with a Republic of Korean army planning to field approximately 466 units. This 25.6 tons IFV is designed to effectively defeat other IFVs as heavily armed and armoured as the BMP-3. The K21 is armed with an S&T Dynamics K40 40 mm autocannon as its primary armament and 7.62 mm M60 GPMG as its secondary armament. K21 infantry fighting vehicle has Doosan- D2840LXE diesel engine and 70 km/h (43 mph) on road speed.

  • Weight: 25.6 tons
  • Capacity: 12
  • Main Armament: S&T Dynamics K40 40 mm autocannon
  • Secondary Armament: 7.62 mm M60 GPMG
  • Engine: Doosan- D2840LXE diesel
  • Speed: 70 km/h

2. Lynx (Rheinmetall armoured fighting vehicle)


Lynx (Rheinmetall armoured fighting vehicle)

The second best infantry fighting vehicles is Lynx. The Lynx heavy IFV was developed as a private venture by the same company as the Puma. Lynx KF41 was designed in 2015 by Rheinmetall Landsysteme. This heavy fighting vehicle weighs from 34 to 50 tonnes and has a crew capacity of 3 + 6/8. Lynx is powered with Lance turret (KF31) wth 30 mm Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM or 35 mm Wotan 35 or Lance 2.0 turret (KF41) with 35 mm Rheinmetall Wotan 35 autocannon. This vehicle also has co-axial 7.62 mm light machine gun, smoke grenade launchers and optional Spike LR2 ATGMs or UAV launchers as its second armament. It is powered with a Liebherr diesel engine that gives him a total speed of 65–70 km/h.

  • Weight: 34 to 50
  • Capacity: 3 + 6/8
  • Main Armament: Lance turret (KF31) wth 30 mm Rheinmetall MK30-2/ABM or 35 mm Wotan 35 or Lance 2.0 turret (KF41) with 35 mm Rheinmetall Wotan 35 autocannon
  • Secondary Armament: co-axial 7.62 mm light machine gun, smoke grenade launchers and optional Spike LR2 ATGMs or UAV launchers
  • Engine: Liebherr diesel
  • Speed: 65–70 km/h


1. Puma


Puma

At last, the best infantry fighting vehicles is Puma. The Puma is a German infantry fighting vehicle designed to replace Marder IFVs. The production of these vehicles began in 2010 and is scheduled for completion this year. The Puma is currently the most protected production IFV in the world. It has 31.45 tons of weight and 9 crew capacity. Puma fighting vehicle has modular AMAP composite armour and its primary armament has 30 mm MK30-2/ABM autocannon. 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun, Spike LR anti-tank guided missile and 6-shot 76 mm grenade launcher are secondary armament of Puma. It is powered with MTU V10 892 diesel engine and has 70km/h speed.

  • Weight: 31.45 tons
  • Capacity: 9 
  • Main Armament: 30 mm MK30-2/ABM autocannon. 5.56 mm HK MG4 machine gun, Spike LR anti-tank guided missile
  • Secondary Armament: 6-shot 76 mm grenade launcher
  • Engine: MTU V10 892 diesel
  • Speed: 70km/h



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