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BMP-3 Foreign Sales

Russian specialists drew the attention of their clients to the light weight of the BMP-3, its ability to easily cross various water obstacles, fire anti-tank missiles on the move, and its air-transportability. The military aroudn the world know a lot about the combat capabilities of similar classes of vehicles produced by the NATO countries. 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. 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.

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.

  • Algeria - 100 BMP-3, as of 2019.

  • Azerbaijan - 88 BMP-3, as of 2019. More than 100 units were ordered in total.

  • Cyprus - 43 BMP-3, as of 2019. The supply contract was signed in 1995, the machines were delivered in the period from 1995 to 1996. The total value of the contract is $ 68 million. 23 BMP-3s were delivered in early 2018.

  • Equatorial Guinea planned to purchase BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles from Russia this year, with contract negotiations due to take place in the course of 2016, but nothing seems to have come of these plans.

  • Greece : 420 BMP-3s were ordered in 2008 worth over 1.2 billion euros. On June 22, 2009, the final stage of the contract for 1000 vehicles was announced. But due to the economic crisis, the contract was frozen, with 291 delivered.

  • India - In August 2016, Rosoboronexport and Indian railroad hardware producer Texmaco Rail and Engineering (TRI) had signed an agreement on the development and manufacturing of military hardware for the Indian Armed Forces. This will see the transfer of Russian technologies to India and licensed local production of Russian BMP-3 IFVs among other armoured vehicles and spare parts.

  • Indonesia - 54 BMP-3F, as of 2019.

  • Iraq - a certain number as of 2019. 500 BMP-3s have been ordered as of 2018. The first batch was received in 2018. 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.

  • Republic of Korea - 110 BMP-3, as of 2019. About 33 vehicles were transferred to account for the debt of theUSSRin 1995, deliveries of which were carried out in the period from 1996 to 1998; about 37 more vehicles were delivered in 2002, deliveries of which were carried out in the period from 2005 to 2006.

  • Kuwait - 126 BMP-3, as of 2020. According to other data, about 142 vehicles were purchased in 1994, deliveries were made in the period from 1995 to 1997, another 25 units of BMP-3 were delivered in 2010.

  • Russia - 560-1400 BMP-3 as of 2020;

  • Saudi Arabia - 238 BMP-3 as of 2020; In 2015 Saudi Arabia and Russia reactivated contacts on Saudi plans to buy 100 BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles. Saudi Arabia was to have ordered 900-950 in 2015, but this order was not confirmed. Russia's $3.5 billion deal with Saudi Arabia in 2017 on arms and equipment delivery was assessed by military experts as a success of the Russian defense industry.

  • Sri Lanka - 45 BMP-3, as of 2007.

  • Turkmenistan - 4 BMP-3, as of 2019.

  • UAE - 815 BMP-3 as of 2020. The UAE is the largest international operator of BMP-3. The ground forces of the UAE - 390 BMP-3, as of 2016. The UAE Presidential Guard - 200 BMP-3, as of 2016. 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. The installation of the BMP-3 combat module on the optional Rabdan vehicles is meant increase the level of the UAE`s infantry armoured vehicles fleet unification and will replace its fleet of ageing BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles.

  • Ukraine - 4-5 BMP-3, as of 2019.

  • Venezuela - 123 BMP-3 and its modifications, as of 2019.

    Russia and India considered 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.

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