Ukrainian army takes delivery of overhauled BMP-2 tracked armored IFVs


According to information published by the Ukrainian defense industry on August 4, 2021, Zhytomyr Armored Plant has delivered another batch of overhauled BMP-2 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) to the Ukrainian army.
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Overhauled BMP-2 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle. (Picture source Ukroboronprom)


According to the military balance 2020, Ukrainian armed forces have a total of 1,137 IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) including 193 BMP-1/BMP-1AK, 890 BMP-2, and four BMP-3.

The BMP-2 is a Soviet-made tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) that was first seen in public during a military parade held in Red Square, Moscow, in November 1982. The vehicle was designed to enhance mobility, firepower and protection of mounted infantrymen on the battlefield under CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) attacks.

The BMP-2 IFV has a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate seven infantrymen. The hull and the turret provide protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters.

The BMP-2 IFV has a two-man all-welded steel turret with the commander seated on the right and the gunner on the left. The turret is armed with stabilized 30 mm cannon 2A42 with an elevation of +75°. The second armament includes one PKT 7.62mm machine gun mounted to the left of the main armament. An AT-5 Spandrel ATGM, Soviet designation 9M113 Konkurs (Anti-Tank Guided Missile) launcher is mounted on the turret roof between the gunner's and commander's hatches. It has an operational firing range from 70 to 4,000 m.

The BMP-2 is powered by a UTD-20 6-cylinder, 4-stroke direct injection diesel developing 300 hp at 2,600 rpm coupled to a manual transmission with 5 forward and 1 reverse gears. It can run at a maximum road range of 65 km/h with a maximum road range of 600 km. The BMP-2 is fully amphibious and can cross a river at a maximum speed of 7 km/h.


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