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BMP-3 Program

The Russian Army will not purchase any more BMP-3 units as of 2010. Deputy Defense Minister for Armaments, Army General Vladimir Popovkin (later - Head of Russian Space Agency), spoke of the vehicle very negatively. "We really need to take care of our soldiers. Today they sit atop BMP because inside it's like a "coffin" Nobody wants to be inside. We should develop another vehicle." These words broke a contract for the supply of the BMP-3 to Greece for $1.5 billion.

The order for the delivery of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles that the Russian Defense Ministry suspended three years earlier over inferior quality will be completed, a defense industry official said 24 September 2013. The vehicles, manufactured in 2010 at the Kurganmashzavod plant, were criticized by the Defense Ministry when they were first made, Oleg Bochkarev, deputy head of the governmental Military Industrial Commission, said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

The vehicle has since been modernized and given a large number of various modifications, he said, adding that the product is in high demand on foreign markets. This equipment will function for a long time yet, Bochkarev said. First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said last year that Kurganmashzavod had been fined 3 billion rubles ($90 million) over its failure to deliver BMP-3s on time and meet the required quality standards.

The Defense Ministry and Concern "Tractor plants" signed a contract for the supply of several hundred BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles , vice president and co-owner of the concern Albert Bakova told Tass. "We have signed a three-year contract with the Ministry of Defence on the BMP-3. The number in the hundreds of cars," - a spokesman said. According to him, in the course of serial production more than 1.5 thousand BMP-3 armored vehicles had been made.

It was also clarified that "Kurgan", included in the "Tractor Plants", would continue to carry out the order for the supply of military BMP-3 to complete the development work on the platform "Kurganets-25" and the serial production of armored infantry fighting vehicles of the new generation on its base.

Previously it became known that before the end of 2017 the Russian Defense Ministry is due to receive over 200 new BMP-3s.

Foreign Sales

Agreement for the modernization of 135 BMP-3, set the UAE, to be completed in the summer of 2015, told reporters on Tuesday the deputy head of "Rosoboronexport" Igor Sevastyanov. "The contract for the modernization of 135 vehicles BMP-3 is almost as planned ... A little less than half of the machines already delivered to the customer. We expect to complete the entire job in the summer of 2015," - said Sevastyanov at an arms fair IDEX-2015 in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Agreement on the $ 74 million the parties signed in February 2011, also in the exhibition IDEX.

Iraq planned to acquire 500 and Saudi Arabia 950 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles from Russia, Albert Bakov, first vice president and co-owner of the Tractor Works Concern, the manufacturer of these machines, told TASS 30 September 2015. "Weve got an application for 500 BMP-3s from Iraq and for 950 from Saudi Arabia," the interlocutor told the Agency.

He noted that there are no problems with orders, but a balance must be set between those for export and for the domestic market. "In 2016 well start conveyor manufacturing to fulfill all the orders on time. However, the conveyor start-up calls for a lot of work in the component supply segment," Bakov added.

In addition, there were reports that those combat machines might be purchased by Myanmar and Morocco planning to acquire small lots of 35 to 40 IFVs.

As per unclassified sources, the BMP-3s are in service with a number of countries, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Russia fulfilled an order to upgrade 135 infantry fighting vehicles of the UAE. The work was expected to be completed in early 2016.

BMP-S got this name because, allegedly, rich Arabs who always had plenty to choose from bought the Russian vehicle in large quantities. Indeed, by 2012, according to different data from public sources, the army of the United Arab Emirates has from 415 to 652 combat vehicles of this brand. In 2011 a contract was signed for the modernization of 135 BMP-3 units for over $75 million.

It should be noted that before that the vehicle was purchased by South Korea, so it could be called the "Queen of rice fields," although it does not sound that impressive. Hundreds of these vehicles are in service in the armies of Algeria, Venezuela, Kuwait, and Syria. Saudi Arabia intends to purchase over 100 of these military vehicles.

Indonesia in the two years 2012-2014 would buy from Russia 60 BMP-3F (modification for the Marine Corps) for a total amount of over $100 million. Armies of several other countries also have it, although in the CIS countries there are only a few of them, for example, there is one in Azerbaijan and four in Ukraine. The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation today, according to various reports, had no more than 500 BMP-3 of various modifications.

Russia and India are considering co-development of a new generation infantry fighting vehicle at an Indian enterprise, Albert Bakov, first vice president and co-owner of the Tractor Plants Concern, told TASS on 14 October 2015.

"There are plans of joint production of a new combat vehicle implying development and manufacture at their plant of a Russo-Indian infantry fighting vehicle. This is quite realistic, but no final decision on this has been made so far," Bakov said. "Our countries already have experience of joint work, for instance, the fifth generation fighter project," Bakov added.

He said that there are a few more options of cooperating with India. "The Indians would like to launch the production of some vehicles in their country. At issue is the modernization of equipment in service with their armed forces as well as acquisition of equipment weve modernized," Bakov said.

According to the company official, the Russian Defense Ministry may allocate extra funding for developing the new version of the BMP-3 Dragoon infantry fighting vehicle. "The Defense Ministry is interested in those vehicles," Bakov added. "Once were through with the trials, well hold talks with them."

He stressed that the Dragoon has no imported components. The newly developed version also differs from the baseline BMP-3 in that its powerplant is located in front and the landing compartment is fitted with a ramp. The Dragoon must receive a "Terminator" combat module armed with 2A70 100mm caliber gun, 2A72 automatic 30mm gun and PKT 7.62mm caliber machinegun.

Bakov said the model demonstrated early in September at the Russia Arms Expo-2015 Defense Exhibition in Nizhny Tagil is not the Dragoons final version. What is now mounted on the turret, will be put away, as much as possible, in the body since all "the protruding parts" will become an easy target for enemys munitions," he said. "I think the process will take at least a year," Bakov added.

He also said that NATO specialists "very carefully examined" the BMP-3s new versions, Dragoon and Derivation, armed with the 57mm gun in Nizhny Tagil. "They did so, however, not because they wanted to buy them, as you well understand," Bakov added.



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