The Russian Defence Ministry plans to modernize 40-year-old airborne infantry fighting vehicle 1, the newspaper "Izvestia". As a result, the machine will get new engines, guns, fire control systems and communications. In total, through the modernization program must pass 135 BMD-1, in which the Defense Ministry will spend 1.9 billion rubles, or 14.8 million rubles for each machine.
As a result of modernization of old cars will be on the characteristics correspond to a new BMD-2, whose production is not carried out for the past ten years. According to the War Department, through modernization of the troops will be able to get a more modern technology at a lower cost. In particular, the value of the BMD-2 in terms of prices in 2012 amounted to 50 million rubles, and BMD-3 - 60 million.
The company, which will deal with the modernization of the BMD-1, the Russian Ministry of Defense will determine on the basis of the ongoing tender. One of the participants intend to become the Volgograd Tractor Plant, which produced the BMD-1. According to a source at the newspaper VgTZ, the company intends to offer a military replacement, 73-mm gun 2A28 with a new automatic 30-mm 2A42.
The Russian Defense Ministry will accept applications for participation in the tender until 19 April and 2 May this year will determine the winner.
Earlier it was reported that Russian Defense Ministry has decided to adopt a policy of upgrading existing military armored vehicles, instead of buying new. Because of this war can save money the defense budget in order to subsequently invest in the purchase of new combat platforms developed today. In particular, the planned modernization of the T-72 tanks to the level of T-90. According to the military establishment, such modernization is three times cheaper than a new T-90.
In the future, upgraded tanks will be replaced with new machines on the platform, "Armata".