Ukrainian Company Lviv Armored Plant State Enterprise, which is a part of Ukroboronprom State Concern, has successfully completed overhaul and modernization of the batch of BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles. Employees of the plant began working on the batch early in November. They updated the technology and introduced significant changes in design. The modernized armored vehicles are equipped with modern aiming sights, night vision devices with improved characteristics, new digital radio stations, satellite navigation systems and lighting devices, pixel coating, etc.
“At the end of this year Lviv Armored Plant has timely and efficiently performed the contracts with Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense,” director of the plant Viktor Androschuk said. “We hope that the 2022 state order will be adopted in time and we will be able to undertake implementing new contracts. This is necessary for the further restoration of armored vehicles of the Ukrainian military and smooth operation of our plant.”
The BMP-1 is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pjehoty 1 (Russian: ?????? ?????? ?????? 1; ???-1), meaning “infantry fighting vehicle, 1st serial model”. The BMP-1 was the first mass-produced infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) of the Soviet Union. It was called the M-1967, BMP and BMP-76PB by NATO before its correct designation was known. The BMP-1 was first tested in combat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where it was used by Egyptian and Syrian forces. Based on lessons learned from this conflict, and early experiences in the Soviet–Afghan War.
Lviv Armored Plant continues to fulfil orders on time, increasing the combat capability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the company, the order was accomplished with ‘limited funding’ due to the lack of a state defence order for this year. However, it was executed ahead of schedule. The Lviv Armored Plant repairs and manufactures army equipment, including armoured fire engines GPM-72 and GPM-54. It also overhauls and upgrades armoured repair and evacuation vehicles Lev and Zubr and tactical armoured wheeled vehicle Dozor-B among others.