State defense corporation Rostec said on May 4 that Russia has stepped up production of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle.

The information comes in the context of Ukraine preparing to launch a counterattack that has been mentioned for the past few months. According to Rostec, in the first quarter of 2023, the Kurganmashzavod plant produced the same number of infantry fighting vehicles as in the whole of 2019.

Most recently, the Russian army received the third batch of new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles. The photo released by Russian media shows several dozen BMP-3s being sent by rail. Infantry fighting vehicles passed all necessary tests at the training ground of the defense enterprise. The supplied ​​vehicles are equipped with additional protection – mounted armored screens and cage armor.

Described by Rostec as the “queen of infantry”, the BMP-3 was designed in the 1980s and has since become one of Russia’s main armored vehicles, both for transporting troops and to provide fire support for infantry. This tracked vehicle can operate on rough terrain and cross rivers.

The vehicle is armed with a 2А70 100mm gun with a 2А72 30mm autocannon, and a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun. The BMP-3’s maneuverability is aided by a UTD-29M diesel engine, with 500 hp. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 72 km / h, a range of 600 km. The BMP-3 could traverse deep bodies of water, propelled by two water jets fitted to the lower rear hull. It can swim at a speed of 10 km/h.

The crew of 3 includes: commander, gunner, and driver, plus 7 fully armed soldiers in the passenger compartment. The BMP-3 is significantly better protected than the previous BMP-1 and BMP-2. The hull and turret are welded of aluminum alloy armor. The front arc is made of composite armor and provides protection against 30 mm armor-piercing rounds. All-round protection is against 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. Protection can be enhanced with add-on explosive reactive armor kit. This infantry fighting vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

Since Russia launched the war in Ukraine in early 2022, President Vladimir Putin has ordered to step up defense production. The delivery of the new combat vehicles took place in the context of Ukraine preparing for a counter-offensive.

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