BRDM-2 Combat Vehicle

Russia’s latest taxi is definitely one you don’t want to mess with, as it’s the BRDM-2 Combat Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle, or at least one that’s been modified to roam the streets of St. Petersburg just like any other cab. It was manufactured in the Soviet Union between 1963-1989, and best known for its ability to tackle any kind of terrain. Weapons wise, the BRDM usually comes equipped with a 14.5 mm Vladimirov heavy machine gun and a 7.62 mm Kalashnikov’s tank machine gun. Continue reading for another video and more information.

“The BRDM’s current owner has long since wanted to use it as a taxi, but city authorities refused to grant a permit at first. After a long licensing campaign, the authorities finally gave in, with certain conditions. They asked that the vehicle’s camouflage pattern be changed to something more civilian. That’s why the owner chose red, in order to differentiate it from the standard yellow taxi color. The BRDM taxi is also prohibited from entering certain streets in the historical center of St. Petersburg, owing to its large size and weight,” reports Oddity Central.