Kurganmashzavod BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle
Kurganmashzavod BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle

Rostec Completed Two Year Russian Armed Forces Contract for Supply of BMP-3

JSC Kurganmashzavod (Kurganian Vehicle Plant) has delivered the final batch of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles under a two-year contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense. Kurganmashzavod continues to implement the State Armaments Program until 2027, by which the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will be supplied with BMP-3, BREM-L, BMD-4M, and BTR-MDM. JSC Kurganmashzavod specialists are working to increase their survivability on the battlefield, including through the installation of dynamic protection on the BMP-3. Since June 2018, Kurganmashzavod PJSC has joined JSC NPO “High-Precision Weapons” of Rostec State Corporation. Kurganmashzavod is a manufacturing company based in Kurgan and known for its BMP series of infantry fighting vehicles.

“Kurganmashzavod has been contracted for several years ahead. In addition to serial deliveries and service maintenance of well-known types of equipment, we are working to improve the tactical and technical characteristics of our products, we are developing new combat vehicles and dual-purpose vehicles, taking into account modern requirements. In 2022, Kurganmashzavod plans to start mastering the production of the Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank for the Airborne Forces. In the first quarter of this year, state tests of this unique combat vehicle will be completed,” said Bekhan Ozdoev, Industrial Director of the Rostec Arms Cluster.

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Kurganmashzavod BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle
Kurganmashzavod BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle

The BMP-3 is a Russian infantry fighting vehicle, successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2. The BMP-3 is one of the most heavily armed infantry combat vehicles in service, the original version of the BMP-3 has a turret fitted with a low-velocity 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, which can fire conventional shells or 9M117 Bastion ATGMs (AT-10 Stabber). 40 100mm-rounds and 8 ATGMs are carried. A 2A72 30 mm dual-feed autocannon with 500 rounds and a rate of fire of 350 to 400 RPM, and a 7.62mm PKT machine gun with 2,000 rounds, all mounted coaxially in the turret. There are also two 7.62mm PKT bow machine guns, again with 2,000 rounds each. The BMP-3 is capable of engaging targets out to 5,000–6,000 meters with its ATGM weapon system 9K116-3 “Basnya”. The upgraded BMP-3 can be fitted with an ATGM loading mechanism to reduce missile loading time to 10-15 seconds

The engine is in the back of the vehicle to the right. As a result, the driver is seated forward in the hull together with two infantrymen. The vehicle has a double bottom and the engine is located under the floor of the vehicle. The remaining five infantrymen are seated aft of the two-man turret. Early models were powered by a 450 hp engine UTD-29, but most BMP-3s are now equipped with the 500 hp UTD-29M version. The engine was developed at the Transmash Diesel Engine Plant in Barnaul. The BMP-3 has a range of 600 km, an altitude of operation of up to 3,000 m and it is transportable by train, truck, sea, and air. The BMP-3 engine is a diesel four-stroke, liquid-cooled design. The transmission is a four-speed hydromechanical power unit, with power takeoff to its water jets.

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