The vehicle is intended for naval infantry units, border and coast guard forces, for combat actions in coastal zones and amphibious landing operations. The BMP-3F is a derivative of the BMP-3 ICV. The vehicle design, compared to its base model, enables it to float in waters in sea state 3, deliver aimed fire in sea state 2 and positively enter the shore in sea state 3. The vehicle's powerful water jets ensure its maneuvering and climb by its own power to landing ships in the rough sea. The highly efficient bilge pumps ensure safe operation of the vehicle in water for a long time. The BMP-3F design allows it to tow a similar type vehicle in water or to be towed by inshore boats.