Gaso.Line Gas50126MK Russian BRDM-2 Reconnaissance Vehicle - Kosovo Force (KFOR), Kosovo, 2000 (1:50 Scale)
"By powerful artillery fire, air strikes, and a wave of attacking tanks, we're supposed to swiftly crush the enemy."
- Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov
In an attempt to improve the amphibious characteristics and increase the combat power of their wheeled reconnaissance vehicles, the Soviets produced the BRDM-2 in the mid-1960s. This vehicle differs from the original BRDM in that the powerplant has been improved and moved to the rear of the vehicle, and a small 14.5mm machinegun-armed turret was added. This turret is identical to that found on the BTR-60PB armored personnel carrier. The original BRDM (BTR-40P) first appeared in 1959. The BRDM-2 also is known as the BTR-40P-2 or BTR-40PB. It was first seen in 1966 and by the mid-1980s was rapidly replacing the BRDM in the Soviet and Warsaw Pact armies.
Pictured here is a 1:50 scale replica of a Russian-built BRDM armored car attached to the UN-led KFOR (Kosovo Force) peacekeeping units. One piece left in stock!
Length: 5 inches
Width: 2 inches
Historical Account: "Beyond the Borders" - The Kosovo Force (KFOR) is a NATO-led international force responsible for establishing a safe and secure environment in Kosovo, the self-proclaimed, independent and partially recognized landlocked country in the Balkans, which has been under UN administration since 1999.
KFOR entered Kosovo on June 12th, 1999, under a United Nations mandate, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
At the time of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo was facing a grave humanitarian crisis, with military and paramilitary forces from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in daily engagement. Ethnic tensions were at their highest and the death toll had reached a historic high. Nearly one million people had fled Kosovo as refugees.
Since the establishment of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in 1999, according to some international organizations Kosovo has become a major destination country for women and young girls trafficked into forced prostitution. According to Amnesty International, most of women are trafficked from Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. As of 2007, KFOR consisted of approximately 16,000 troops.
After the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence, the commander of NATO forces in Kosovo said on February 20th, 2008, that he did not plan to step up security in the tense north despite violent attacks by Kosovo Serbs, which forced the temporary closure of two boundary crossings between Kosovo and Serbia.