Current activity of JSC "Special Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering"
In view of the failure of the BMP-1 armament complex, based on the low-power 73mm 2A28 Thunder gun, in 1972, work began on the creation of a new infantry fighting vehicle with new weapons. As competing options, machines armed with a 30-mm automatic cannon 2A42 and a 73-mm long-barreled gun Zarnitsa were considered, and SKB KMZ and OKB ChTZ were presented versions of both types of cars. As a result, a version of SKB KMZ with a 30-mm gun was selected (Object 675). In 1978, this machine passed military tests, and then in April 1980 it was put into serial production at the CMP under the designation BMP-2.
We have already told about the history of the BMP-3 that replaced it, so let's see what KSBM is doing at the moment.
Developed by the JSC "Special Machine Building Design Bureau" (SKBM, Kurgan), a prospective infantry fighting vehicle "Dragoon"
, which is the further development of BMP-3. In the BMP reconfiguration was carried out, the engine was placed in front, which made it possible to make a free access to the stern
One of the first prototypes of an armored personnel carrier BTR-MDM, whose range is 20000km
The combat vehicle BMD-4M
with combat compartment from BMP-3 instead of "Bakhchi", also called BMD-4M2. In the fighting compartment there was an additional sight-device guidance commander (PPN-K)
Another promising subject for the extension of the BMP-3 life cycle is the BT-3F armored personnel carrier.
It was originally developed in the interests of Indonesia, which seeks to replace its obsolete armored personnel carriers BTR-50P. The customer is ready to take several hundred cars. Also the interest to BT-3F is shown by the Russian Defense Ministry.
The option of upgrading the BMP-3 within the framework of the R & D framework "Carcas-2" - emphasis is in favor of increasing the security (c) of bmpd
Another version of the upgraded BMP-3 with a digital fire control system