Kurgan production of Russian BMP-3 IFVs increased by 20 percent

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Production of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles has surged by 20% at the Kurganmashzavod plant, according to the Russian state corporation Rostec. “Kurganmashzavod, part of our high-precision complexes holding, has boosted the output of armored combat vehicles under state orders by 20%,” stated Rostec on their official Telegram channel. 

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The increase focuses on the manufacturing of highly sought-after light armored vehicles like the BMP-3.  “Starting April 2024, the plant has also begun delivering BMD-4M models. All these vehicles come equipped with additional protective kits, tools for reducing visibility, and enhanced upper hemisphere protection,” added Rostec.

Amid this ramp-up in BMP-3 production, it’s notable that the Kurgan plant has already delivered two batches of BMP-3s this year, with the latest batch dispatched on May 7. These ongoing deliveries of BMP-3 and BMD-4M indicate that the plant is maintaining a steady production cycle despite economic sanctions imposed by Western nations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 22, 2022. However, both Kurganmashzavod and Rostec have refrained from disclosing the exact number of infantry fighting vehicles delivered, leaving some uncertainty about the total units received by the Russian army so far this year. 

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Recently, there were alarming reports from Ukrainian sources suggesting that the Kurganmashzavod facility faced a regional catastrophe due to unexpected water leakage from nearby reservoirs, causing flooding in border regions of Russia and Kazakhstan. Despite these claims, the plant appears to be operating normally, contradicting the dire predictions.

On May 7, when the Russian army received their second batch of BMP-3s, Rostec highlighted some key upgrades. The new armored vehicles now feature improved armor, a direct response to feedback from Russian soldiers on the front lines who requested enhancements. 

The BMP-3 is a Soviet and Russian infantry fighting vehicle [IFV] that was first introduced in the late 1980s. It is designed to transport infantry to the battlefield, provide fire support, and engage enemy forces. The BMP-3 is known for its versatility and robust design, making it a key asset in modern mechanized infantry units.

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The propulsion system of the BMP-3 consists of a UTD-29M diesel engine, which provides 500 horsepower. This engine allows the vehicle to reach speeds of up to 70 km/h [43 mph] on roads and 45 km/h [28 mph] off-road. The BMP-3 is also amphibious, capable of traversing water obstacles at speeds of up to 10 km/h [6 mph] using its water jets. 

In terms of dimensions, the BMP-3 measures approximately 7.2 meters [23.6 feet] in length, 3.2 meters [10.5 feet] in width, and 2.4 meters [7.9 feet] in height. It has a combat weight of around 18.7 tons, which allows for a balance between armor protection and mobility.

The BMP-3 has a low profile, which reduces its visibility and makes it harder to target. The vehicle is equipped with advanced fire control systems, night vision capabilities, and a laser rangefinder. Its armor  provides protection against small-arms fire, shell splinters, and certain types of anti-tank weapons. 

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The BMP-3 is equipped with a central tire inflation system, which allows the driver to adjust tire pressure for different terrains. The vehicle also has NBC [nuclear, biological, chemical] protection systems to safeguard the crew in contaminated environments. Additionally, it is fitted with smoke grenade launchers for self-concealment.

The armament of the BMP-3 is one of its most notable features. It is armed with a 100 mm 2A70 rifled gun, which can fire both conventional shells and anti-tank guided missiles [ATGMs]. This gun is complemented by a 30 mm 2A72 autocannon and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun. The combination of these weapons allows the BMP-3 to engage a wide range of targets, from infantry and light vehicles to armored threats. 

The BMD-4 is a Russian airborne infantry fighting vehicle [IFV] designed to provide rapid deployment and high mobility for airborne troops. It is an evolution of the BMD series, incorporating advanced technology and improved capabilities to enhance its combat effectiveness on the modern battlefield.

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The propulsion system of the BMD-4 is powered by a UTD-29 diesel engine, which provides a robust and reliable source of power. This engine allows the vehicle to achieve a maximum road speed of approximately 70 km/h [43 mph] and a range of up to 500 km [310 miles] on a single tank of fuel. The vehicle is also amphibious, capable of crossing water obstacles at speeds of up to 10 km/h [6 mph] using its water-jet propulsion system. 

In terms of dimensions, the BMD-4 measures approximately 6.1 meters [20 feet] in length, 3.1 meters [10 feet] in width, and 2.5 meters [8.2 feet] in height. It has a combat weight of around 13.5 tons, making it relatively lightweight for an IFV, which is essential for its airborne deployment capabilities.

The BMD-4 is characterized by its advanced armor protection, which includes a combination of steel and composite materials designed to withstand small arms fire and shell splinters. It also features an NBC [Nuclear, Biological, Chemical] protection system to safeguard the crew and passengers from hazardous environments. 

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The vehicle is equipped with a variety of advanced systems, including a modern fire control system, thermal imaging, and laser rangefinders. These systems enhance the BMD-4’s targeting accuracy and situational awareness, allowing it to effectively engage enemy forces in diverse combat scenarios.

The armament of the BMD-4 is formidable for its class. It is equipped with a 100mm 2A70 rifled gun, which can fire both conventional shells and guided missiles, providing significant firepower against  both armored and soft targets. Additionally, it has a 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon and a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, offering a versatile array of weaponry for various combat situations. The vehicle can also carry anti-tank guided missiles [ATGMs] to enhance its anti-armor capabilities. 

Overall, the BMD-4 represents a significant advancement in airborne IFV technology, combining mobility, protection, and firepower to meet the demands of modern warfare. Its ability to be rapidly deployed and effectively engage a wide range of targets makes it a valuable asset for airborne and rapid reaction forces.

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