The Berezhok combat weapon station mounted on BMP-3 IFV is armed with one 30 mm 2A42 main gun used on the BMP-2 IFV, a PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.

The Army-2021 event in August 2021 marked the first public appearance of a BMP-3 equipped with the all-new Berezhok combat module. According to military experts, in terms of the balance between tactical and technical quality, there is no combat vehicle completely similar to the Russian BMP-3 on the world market.

The original BMP-3 is fitted with a two-man turret mounted in the center of the hull with the commander seated on the right and the gunner on the left. The turret is armed with one 100 mm 2A70 gun, a 30 mm 2A72 coaxial cannon, and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial machine gun, all in a common mount. The armament is stabilized in two planes via the 2E52 electromechanical system.

BMP-3 with the new Berezhok weapon station
BMP-3 with the new Berezhok weapon station

The Berezhok combat weapon station mounted on BMP-3 IFV is armed with one 30 mm 2A42 main gun used on the BMP-2 IFV, a PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. The turret also includes two 9M133 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile launchers mounted on each side of the turret and one AGS-30 30 mm automatic grenade launcher located on the roof. The Berezhok upgrade also includes a new fire-control system and optics.

The BMP-3 fitted with the Berezhok combat weapon station keeps the same hull and suspension. The vehicle has a crew of three including commander, gunner, and driver. A total of seven infantrymen can be carried, one either side of the driver with the remainder being seated to the sides and rear of the turret. The troop compartment is at the rear of the hull with entry via two doors in the hull rear opening left and right, with the left door having a firing port.

The BMP-3 IFV is powered by a UTD-29M 10-cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled diesel developing 500 hp coupled to hydro-mechanical transmission with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears located low down at the very rear of the hull. It can run at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km.

The BMP-3 fitted with the Berezhok turrets seems to keep its amphibious capabilities and is propelled in the water at a maximum speed of by 10 km/h thanks to two water-jets mounted on either side low down at the rear of the hull.

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