Russian military received upgraded BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles

The motorized rifle brigade of the Central Military District (KVO) in the Kemerovo region was the first in the region to receive eight upgraded infantry fighting vehicles BMP-2 with the Berezhok turret, fitted with four ready-to-launch 9M133 Kornet series of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), said the press service of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

“Motorized rifles from the Kemerovo region received the first batch of modernized infantry fighting vehicles, eight BMP-2M with the Berezhok combat module were delivered under the state defense order, the first delivery of this equipment in the Central Military District,” the press service said.

The contract for the modernisation of the IFVs is one of the first large state defence orders under the new State Armament Programme for 2018-2025 (GPV-2025).

The BMP-2M fitted with a new Berezhok turret is designed to equip motor rifle infantry units, improve mobility, armament and protection of the personnel operating on the battlefield, including in NBC environment.

The BMP-2M is equipped with an advanced multichannel gunner’s sight, a new armament stabilizer and ballistic computer with firing conditions sensors. The multichannel gunner’s sight with independent field-of-view stabilization, which includes a variable-power optical channel, a night thermal imaging channel, a laser rangefinder and an ATGM guidance channel, simplifies and facilitates the target reconnaissance process, reduces the time and improves the fire mission effectiveness. The detection range for a tank-type target is up to 5,000 m, target identification at night using the thermal channel is possible at up to 3,000 m.

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