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Ukraine receives additional refurbished BMP-1 and BMP-2 vehicles

Ukrainian BMP-2 IFVs
Photo: Ukroboronprom

The Ukrainian Armed Forces haven taken delivery of another batch of BMP-1 and BMP-2 vehicles from the Zhytomyr Armored Plant.

This was announced by Ukraine’s state defense company Ukroboronprom, which noted that the delivery was part of Ukraine’s 2020 state defense order.

The Soviet-designed and developed vehicles underwent an overhaul procedure that included the replacement of faulty systems and weapon systems checkups, in addition to the installation of new navigation systems and optical instruments.

Earlier this year, Ukraine received 37 overhauled BMP-1s from the Czech Republic.

BMP-1 is a tracked amphibious IFV originally developed in the Soviet Union and subsequently license-built in the Czech Republic, Romania and India. The 13-ton vehicle has an operational range of some 500 kilometers and can be fitted with 9M14 Malyutka anti-tank missiles and a range of turrets.

BMP-2 is is built on the same platform as BMP-1, but has a more powerful engine to compensate for its increased weight.

The main advantage the BMP-2 offers over its predecessor is the 2A42 30mm autocannon and the 9P135M ATGM launcher, which are more powerful than the 2A28 Grom semi-automatic gun carried by the BMP-1.