In an effort to enhance the capabilities, professionalism, and modernization of their weaponry control systems, the crew of BMP 3F infantry fighting vehicles from the Indonesian Marine Corps, under the command of the 2nd Marine Corps Command (Menkav 2 Marinir), conducted daytime shooting exercises and testing of the SOZH-TM thermal imaging sight at the Marine Corps Training Center 5 Baluran, Karangtekok, Asembagus, Situbondo, on Thursday, October 19, 2023. The practical application in the field involved testing the capabilities of the SOZH-TM thermal imaging sight for firing with 30mm and 100mm caliber ammunition in tactical combat vehicle positions.
In the pursuit of assessing and enhancing the modernization of weaponry control systems, the Amphibious Tank Battalion 2 Marines carried out nighttime firing tests with the SOZH-TM thermal imaging sight on the BMP 3F infantry fighting vehicle at the same location. This evaluation examined the SOZH-TM periscope’s thermal capabilities for observation and identification using laser technology during nighttime operations, targeting a range of 800 meters with 30mm and 100mm caliber ammunition. This modernization effort is a significant step towards increasing the Marine Corps’ operational effectiveness and readiness.
The SOZH-TM, a thermal imaging sight, is produced by Belomo, a Belarusian company, with the ability to track and identify targets at distances of up to 7,000 meters. The standard aiming system for the BMP-3F is manufactured by Kurganmashzavod, a Russian company. The installation of the SOZH-TM aims to modernize the weaponry control system of the BMP 3F tank, making it easier for the tank crew to execute maneuvers, target assessments, and battlefield firing with advanced components. SOZH-TM is equipped with thermal capabilities to measure distances using laser technology projected with elevation and deflection angles, along with an anti-tank missile system.
The BMP-3 is a Russian infantry fighting vehicle, successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2. BMP-3F is specially designed for operations at sea, with improved seaworthiness and buoyancy, capability to move afloat at sea state 3 and fire with the required accuracy at sea state 2. Compared to the basic model, the vehicle design features changes increasing flotation and vehicle stability: the self-entrenching equipment is omitted, a lightweight anti-surge vane and an air intake tube are introduced; the BMP-3F turret is also protected by anti-surge vanes. 54 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles and 1 BREM-L armored recovery vehicle currently in service along with 21 BT-3Fs.