It can be considered that the BMP-2 is a continuation of the BMP-1 – a combat vehicle
Although there are plans to mass produce and equip new-generation infantry fighting vehicles such as the T-15 Armata, Kurganets-25 and Bumerang; In addition to owning a lot of BMP-3 and BMD-4, the Russian army still plans to upgrade a large number of BMP-2s to continue to extend its life in the next few decades. Even most recently, Indian Ministry of Defense has placed an order for 156 BMP 2/2k Sarath for an estimated INR 1,094 crore ($145.7 million). This shows the intense vitality of this Russian infantry fighting vehicle.
It can be considered that the BMP-2 is a continuation of the BMP-1 – a combat vehicle that immediately after its birth became revolutionary and was exported to more than 40 countries. The BMP-2 made its debut around the late 1970s and entered service with the Soviet Army in 1980. The BMP-2 was produced in extremely large numbers, with the Soviet Army alone estimated to have received around 20,000 vehicles.
The BMP-2 has a weight of about 14.3 tons, a length of 6.7m, a width of 3.15m, and a height of 2.45m. It was operated by a crew of 3: commander, gunner, and driver. The rear passenger compartment can accommodate up to 7 armed soldiers.
The BMP-2 was fitted with a new two-man turret. The most obvious improvement being the replacement of the BMP-1’s non-stabilized 73 mm low velocity gun by a more versatile and effective fully-stabilized dual-fed 30 mm cannon. The previous gun had a maximum range of only 1,300 m. Also it could not be used against air targets. The new 30 mm cannon proved to be a successful weapon. It fires HE-FRAG, HE and armor-piercing rounds. It can engage armored targets at a range of 1,500 m, ground targets at a range of 4,000 m and helicopters at a range of up to 2,500 m. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. Some BMP-2 IFVs are additionally fitted with a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.