21 BMP-2 Fighting Vehicles Upgraded for the Slovak Armed Forces
RRATISLAVA (the Slovak Republic), June 5, 2018, Author: Bm team, Photo: Shephard Media
On 29th May the Slovak Defence Ministry announced that the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic has received twenty-one upgraded BMP-2 vehicles, reported Shephard Media.
The 21 armoured fighting vehicles were upgraded by the Slovak company Konštrukta-Defence, a.s. and delivered in 2 variants. Eleven of the modernized BMP-2 vehicles went to ISTAR Battalion Prešov, and 10 of them – to the mechanised units.
Under that vehicle uplift project it will modernized 35 vehicles.
The Defence Minister of the Slovak Republic, Peter Gajdoš, said: “From the very beginning, we have stated our position on the need to modernise our armed forces and this is a step towards delivering on our pledge. Thanks to the life extension upgrade, we have extended the life cycle of the tracked armoured fighting vehicles by another 20 years, whereas new vehicles of this type would have cost us several times more than the solution we have delivered.”
The BMP-2 amphibious infantry fighting vehicle is a second-generation vehicle, introduced in the 1980s in the Soviet Union, following the BMP-1 in the 1960s. In that relation Konštrukta-Defence, a.s. provides expertise and offers efficient and cost effective solutions having realized that such existing systems that have been in service for several decades shall be modernized due to continuing shrinking of the national defence budgets of many countries nowadays.