India buys own-made amphibious infantry fighting vehicle totalling $148 million
NEW DELHI, (BM) – According to Indian media reports, the country’s Ministry of Defense has approved an additional purchase from the state administration of weapons factories (OFB – Ordnance Factory Board) 156 produced under the license of BMP-2 / 2K “Sarath”, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The acquisition cost is estimated at $148 million.
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As OFB spokeswoman Uddipan Mukerjee confirmed on May 31 to Jane’s Defense Weekly, the production of armored vehicles at the Ordnance Factory Project Medak (OFPM) in southern India will begin immediately after signing a contract with the Department of Defense.
The acquisition of infantry fighting vehicles should meet the urgent needs of the Indian Army in the transfer of troops. Sources of the publication reported that the OFPM plant, which since 1987 has collected more than 2500 units under license. BMP-2 and BMP-2K, will have to complete the delivery of all 156 armored vehicles within 24 months.
Currently, the Indian Army is armed with about 1,500 BMP-2 / 2K in various versions. Part of the armored vehicles are equipped with PU ATGM “Nag”. Most of the previously delivered equipment requires modernization.
BMP-2 weighing 14.3 tons is designed to carry up to seven landing bangs (crew – 3 people). The range of fuel – 600 km, the maximum speed on the highway – 65 km / h, off-road – 45 km / h. The BMP-2 armament is a 30 mm 2A42 automatic gun and a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun paired with it. On the roof of the tower installed PU ATGM 9M113 “Competition”.
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