“Kurganmashzavod” JSC increases the fire power of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle

The BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle is in service with more than a dozen countries of the world. 

These are hundreds of vehicles, which in fact proved their reliability, high firepower and maneuverability. With its total combat characteristics, the BMP-3 has no analogues in the world among tracked vehicles of the light category in terms of weight. In addition, the high modernization potential allows continuing to upgrade the combat vehicle in different lines. 


The upgraded fighting compartment

The Special Design Bureau of Machine Building OJSC (Kurgan), developer of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, and the manufacturer, “Kurganmashzavod” JSC have been working on the comprehensive modernization of the vehicle for many years. The experience of BMP-3 operation in different regions of the world, as well as modern requirements to the conduct of military operations are taken into account, when it becomes extremely important to improve the efficiency of the troops by combining them into an integrated information network operating in real time.

Today Kurgan designers are ready to offer a new version of the upgraded BMP-3 fighting compartment equipped with modern sights. The latest automated fire control system can significantly improve the weapon station functionality. In addition, the upgraded BMP-3 can be equipped with an ATGM loading mechanism, which reduces the loading time to 10–15 seconds.

Automated fire control system

The base of the upgraded BMP-3 fighting compartment is still 100-mm 2A70 gun-launcher, 30-mm 2A72 automatic cannon, and 7.62-mm PKTM machine gun.

To increase the firepower, installed in the fighting compartment is the upgraded fire control system, which includes:

  • sighting system (PPND) “Sodema” with thermal imaging camera and automatic target tracker; 
  • commander's panoramic sight (PPNK) with TV camera and thermal imaging camera; 
  • digital ballistic computer. 

The upgraded fire control system with the “Sodema” sighting system, thermal imaging camera and the AST-B automatic target tracker provides the object identification range at a distance of up to 5.5 km in day time and 3.5 km at night. The laser rangefinder has the measured target range from 200 to 8,000 m. All this makes conditions for conducting effective aimed fire at night and at long distances, even at high speed of movement, which means that minimum amount of time is required to destruct targets.

The use of the commander's panoramic sight, which gives the all-around view for the commander and has television and thermal imaging channels, increases the detection speed and destruction of targets at the distance of up to 3.5 km in day time and at night.


Upgrade options in response to customer’s demands

The R-168-25U-2 VHF multi-channel radio set with frequency modulation and two independent paths of reception and transmission provide the crew with open and masked radio communication of the objects control tactical link.

The temperature mode of operation of the upgraded fighting compartment is from +50 to –50 ºC, allowing to use it in almost any part of the world. And the upgraded fighting compartment can be mounted on the chassis of light armored vehicles such as the BMP-3 and BMD-4M.

The upgraded fighting compartment of BMP-3 can be an excellent option for the modernization of infantry fighting vehicles already in service in different countries of the world. In addition, SKBM OJSC and “Kurganmashzavod” JSC are ready to work on the upgrade options in response to demands of a specific customer.



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