Germany sends to Ukraine ex-East German IFVs based on Soviet BMP-1

BERLIN, ($1=0.91 Euros) — Berlin continues to empty former German military depots, supplying supplies to the Ukrainian armed forces. After sending thousands of Soviet 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADS from its own reserves in March, it is now the turn of armored infantry vehicles based on former East German and Soviet armored vehicles.

Germany sends to Ukraine ex-East German IFVs based on Soviet BMP-1
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It is about 58 units of Pbv 501 armored vehicles for infantry. The deal will involve the Czech Republic, which will have to buy all 58 Pbv 501s from Sweden, but for that to happen, Germany must give permission, as the machines are German-made and so are the German rules on arms exports. This is how all 58 units of heavily armored vehicles in Ukraine ended up, the last word being with Germany.

This is not the first time the Czech Republic has been involved in a “Swedish deal”. In the 1990s, Stockholm paid Prague $ 25 million to repair and upgrade 350 former East German army infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1 for the Swedish army.

BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that at the beginning of the 21st century the Swedish army received Pbv 501, and then the reason was the mechanization of the infantry brigades of the Swedish army.

Germany sends to Ukraine ex-East German IFVs based on Soviet BMP-1
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Pbv 501 IFV

Pbv 501 follows the design and armament of the Soviet BMP-1 tracked armored BMP. This armored vehicle was invented in the mid-1960s and has been in service since 1966. However, its production was discontinued in 1982.

The crew consists of three people. It weighs 13 tons and is powered by a UTD-20, 6-cylinder 4-stroke V-shaped airless-injection water-cooled multifuel 15.8-liter diesel engine. Reaches 300 hp (224 kW) at 2,600 rpm.

The suspension is an individual torsion bar with hydraulic shock absorbers on the 1st and 6th road wheels. The fuel tank holds 462 liters and one full tank can cover 500 or 600 km depending on the road.

Germany sends to Ukraine ex-East German IFVs based on Soviet BMP-1
Photo credit: Wikipedia

Pbv 501 uses the same weapons as the original Soviet BMP-1, which includes a 73 mm smoothbore weapon model 2A28, low-pressure gun, and short recoil, weighing 115 kg. The secondary armament consists of a 7.62 mm paired machine gun mounted on the right side of the main armament.

For Pbv 501, the trigger rail for Koloma KBM 9K11 Malyutka has been removed. The Swedish IFV has been upgraded to meet NATO standards, including a new outdoor lighting system and camouflage system. The interior design has also been changed with holders for Swedish weapons, including machine guns, machine guns, and ammunition.

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