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BVP-M2 Sakal SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle

The akal BMP-M2 SKCZ is an interesting upgrade and retrofit of the USSR/Russian BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. A joint team of Czech society EXCALIBUR ARMY and Slovak companies VOP Trencn and EVP introduced this project modernized BMP at IDET 2013. This armored vehicle is also referred as the Shakal (jackal). It was first publicly revealed in 2013. It is an upgrade of the BVP-2 IFV, which is a license-produced version of the Soviet BMP-2.

It is an upgrade of the BVP-2 IFV, which is a license-produced version of the Soviet BMP-2. The original BVP-1 and BVP-2 were produced in the former Czechoslovakia in thousands. Currently a number of older BVP-1 and BVP-2 remain in service with both Czech Republic and Slovakia. Also the BVP-M2 is being proposed for export customers. There are plenty of older BMP-2 IFVs all around the world.

The modernized tracked infantry fighting vehicle SAKAL is applied for ensuring armament and meeting tasks of mechanized units equipped with original vehicles BMP-2. The scope of modernization ensures keeping the requirements at high level of combat preparedness of these units, assures their capability in compliance with NATO standards while operating embattled and gives response to current trends of requirements for combat tracked vehicles.

The new BVP-M2 SKCZ has been extensively redesigned. Only little has been left from the original vehicle, even though general layout remains the same. A number of drawbacks of the original BMP-2 have been eliminated. Ergonomics for the crew and troops has also been improved. Essentially the BVP-M2 evolved into an entirely new combat vehicle.

The Sakal is fitted with new weapon station. The old turret of BVP-2 is replaced by the remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) TURRA 30. The turret is armed with one 30 mm cannon, one 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, anti-tank guided missile system and smoke grenade launchers covering area of 120. Two launchers for anti-tank guided missile Konkurs are mounted to the left side of the turret. The main gun is fully stabilized and can fire accurately while driving. Modern sights allow detecting targets and aiming in day or night. Turret traverse and weapon elevation are electrically powered, with traverse through 360 and from -10 to + 75 in elevation which allows to engage such threats as light and medium armoured vehicles, centers of fire, personnel and low-flying targets. All weapons can be operated both by commander or gunner. The new Czech IFV is fitted with a laser warning system and battle management system.

Firing ports were deleted from hull sides in order not to compromise protection. The interior is lined with a spall liner. All round protection is against 7.6251 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle can be fitted with add-on armor kit for a higher level of protection. Slat armor can be fitted for protection against RPG rounds. New seats offer improved protection again mine blasts. The BVP-M2 withstands blasts equivalent to 6 kg of TNT under any wheel. Vehicle is also fitted with automatic fire extinguishing system in engine, crew and troop compartments. The BVP-M2 SKCZ has a redesigned interior with roomier troop compartment.

This Czech IFV accommodates 6 or 7 dismounts plus the crew of three. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches. Limited internal dimensions and cramped troop compartment were always a drawback of the Soviet BMP-1 and its derivatives. However the BVP-M2 SKCZ has a redesigned interior with roomier troop compartment.

It is worth mentioning that fuel tanks built-into the rear entry doors was considered a serious design flaw of the original BMP-1. Once hit into the rear the BMP-2 caught fire and there were little chances for the troops to survive. On the BVP-M2 fuel tanks were relocated and this drawback has been eliminated.

The vehicle is powered by a new Caterpillar C9.3 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. This IFV is also fitted with new automatic transmission. It seems that the BVP-M2 lost amphibious capabilities due to increased weight. This IFV can be airlifted by C-130 tactical cargo aircraft.

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