Indonesia buys amphibious armored personnel carriers totalling $286 million

JAKARTA, (BM) – The Ministry of Defense of Indonesia allocated 3.6 trillion rupees ($ 286 million) for the purchase of 79 units of Russian amphibious armored personnel carriers BT-3F, learned citing news agency Regnum.

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It is known that in April 2019, the Marine Corps of Indonesia ordered 21 BT-3F armored personnel carriers in the amount of $ 67.2 million, as well as a batch of amphibious tanks BMP3 ° F in the amount of $ 108 million.

These orders have not yet arrived in Indonesia; they are planned to be delivered in 2021–2022.

What BMP-3F is?

Amphibious version based on BMP-3F with the original turret replaced by a smaller remote weapon station with either 7.62, 12.7 or 14.5mm machine gun. It can accommodate a crew commander, driver, gunner, and 14 troops, and can use optional ERA armor.

The BMP-3 is a Soviet and Russian infantry fighting vehicle, successor to the BMP-1 and BMP-2. The abbreviation BMP stands for boevaya mashina pehoty (literally “infantry combat vehicle”)

The design of the BMP-3 or Obyekt 688M can be traced back to the Obyekt 685 light tank prototype with an 2A48-1 100 mm gun from 1975.

The prototype did not enter series production, but the chassis, with a new engine, was used for the next-generation infantry combat vehicle Obyekt 688 from A. Blagonravov’s design bureau. The Ob. 688’s original weapon configuration consisting of an externally mounted Shipunov 2A42 30 mm autocannon, a 7.62mm PKT machine gun and twin 9M113 Konkurs ATGM launcher was rejected; instead the new 2K23 armament system was selected.

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The resulting BMP-3 was developed in the early 1980s and entered service with the Soviet Army officially in 1987. It was shown for the first time in public during the 1990 Victory Day parade and was given the NATO code IFV M1990/1.

The BMP-3 is designed and produced by the Kurganmashzavod (“Kurgan Machine Building Plant”) some variants however are built by the Rubtsovsk Machine Building Plant (RMZ), for example the BRM-3K.

In May 2015, the Russian Defense Ministry signed a three-year contract to receive “hundreds” of BMP-3 vehicles to maintain its armored vehicle force until its replacement, the Kurganets-25, completes research and development. In the process of the BMP’s serial production, the vehicle’s design underwent 1,500 amendments.

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In the Army-2017 show, the Russian Defence Ministry signed a contract covering the first deliveries of an unspecified number of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) fitted with the Bumerang-BM turret.


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