The VDV Buggy is Russian lightweight transport vehicle used by the Russian military. It is currently used by the Vozdushno-Desantnye Voiska (VDV); the Russian Airborne Troops and can be carried internally by primary VDV transport aircraft such as the Antonov An-12 and Ilyushin Il-76 to be airdropped on the front lines and serve a variety of roles ranging from troop transport, to reconnaissance, to fire support, to search and rescue. The vehicle has been in service since 2010, but it does not have an official designation by the Russian Armed Forces.
In Battlefield 3, the VDV Buggy is the Russian Ground Forces' light armored fast transport vehicle. It is seen in Rock and a Hard Place, where Russian paratroopers use them as mobile gun platforms in an effort to fend off Blackburn's squad and the U.S. Marine attack force. They can be destroyed, but cannot be driven by the player.
In multiplayer, the VDV Buggy appears as the Russian equivalent to the American M1161 Growler ITV. Like the former, the vehicle has space for 3 players. A driver who controls the vehicle, a gunner who operates the rear mounted KORD machine gun, and an extra passenger who sits next to the driver and can use whatever weapons they have with them as they sit in the vehicle. The VDV Buggy is resistant to gunfire, but the crew are largely exposed due to the lack of a windshield and doors, having speed and mobility over armor and protection. The vehicle can be easily destroyed by anti-tank weapons and explosives.
The VDV Buggy seen in the gameplay reveal trailer being used by Russian troops against Tombstone squad in order to prevent them from escaping with their classified information. It is also used by Recker when he manages to liberate one for his squad to get to their extraction point much faster and to gun down defending Russian Special Forces troops on the way.