11 How to buy a tank: A BRDM-2 Story

How to buy a tank: A BRDM-2 Story

Posted on September 11, 2014 by team

A story from the Russian blogger who names himself “ntv”:

“I had to write this blog entry, since many still cannot believe I managed to purchase a BRDM-2 (Combat Reconnaissance/Patrol Vehicle). Yes, I really did buy it, and brought it to Russia myself”.

“It all started early this year, when one of my friends developed a keen interest in combat vehicles. I have to admit, the idea of actually buying one didn’t enter his mind, but the less he was interested in getting one, the more my own interest bloomed.

So, in early June I headed out to the dear-to-my-heart Republic of Belarus.

Turns out, during the summer, the prices for all combat armored vehicles in Russia rise rapidly, and the only affordable ones are severely beat up or suspicious models without any documentation. Of course I suspected that transporting and successfully gaining entry from Belarus would not be an easy task, but there were no other options.

Belarus overall and it’s Defence Ministry in particular do sell a tremendous amount of various combat and non-combat items. Recently they created a moderately easy-to-use website, which contains information on all items up for sale”.

“They sell everything, from teapots to speedboats, armored personnel carriers and planes. I heard that soon they are going to make it a fully-fledged online store with a shopping basket and delivery services. “Your basket contains 1 item: a T-64B tank. Do you want to continue shopping?”. Fricking amazing! At times the catalogue contains photos of the items, but it’s best to view things like that for yourself. Unfortunately, foreign nationals (including russians) have to book a visit two weeks in advance with the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus (KGB RB for short), otherwise you won’t be able to enter the military bases.

All purchases of combat vehicles and surplus are dealt with via a belarusian government company “BelSpetzContract” (BSC). They’re located in this lovely red brick building, which I had to visit many a time.”


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11 Responses to “How to buy a tank: A BRDM-2 Story”

  1. CZenda says:

    Nothing unusual. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, people were buying similar vehicles here for construction/agricultural duties etc. They are mostly scrapped today because of poor fuel economy, replaced with proper equipment. You need to have a driving licence for a truck to drive one of them and MOT them just like any other vehicle.

  2. Tommo says:

    You seriously have a tank AND a pig-dog? You should move to Australia

  3. Brian says:

    That’s awesome, can’t wait to see the journal of your trip! What was the price, ~10k usd?

  4. snowdenikoff says:

    A servo positioned camera will help with visibility.
    The Bull Terrier is going to need a water bowl.
    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull_Terrier

  5. Geo says:

    Neat story. Longtime lurker on this site, but had to chime in kudos. Best of luck with your project!

  6. petrohof says:

    you paid 100000000 rubles for that, ($9500 US) i think you paid about 2 times too much, it looks like junk.

  7. petrohof says:

    many in poland etc with good paint and low km for $4000

  8. SSSR says:

    The new Stingray =/

  9. Elvira says:

    Sale of military equipment in Russia is prohibited. Perhaps the author is cheating or bought auto, which is already in a state of disrepair or obsolete.

  10. John Curley says:

    Take a road trip to California and I will buy it from you and send you home on a first class ticket.


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