Russia completes BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles delivery to Kuwait — manufacturer


MOSCOW, 30 September. /TASS/. Russia has completed the shipment of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to Kuwait, Albert Bakov, first vice president and co-owner of the Tractor Works Concern, the manufacturer of these machines, told TASS today.

“The shipment is completed and the last lot has gone to the customers,” the interlocutor told the Agency.

He did not specify the number of machines shipped.

Bakov noted that the Kuwaiti colleagues expressed a desire to continue cooperating with Russia in defense equipment procurement.

Kuwait made the first purchase of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles from Russia as early as 1994.

Russia, India ponder co-development of new generation infantry fighting vehicle — company


MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. 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 Wednesday.

“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 we’ve modernized,” Bakov said.

Russian Defense Ministry may additionally fund development of BMP-3 Dragoon IFV

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 we’re through with the trials, we’ll 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 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 Dragoon’s 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 enemy’s 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-3’s 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.

Russia to develop electric transmission for IFV in 2016

Albert Bakov also told TASS that electric transmission for infantry fighting vehicles will be developed next year.

“We wanted to show it at the exhibition [Russia Arms Expo – 2015] but had no time,” the official said. “Everything is being done from scratch, through trial and error, which is why there are so many problems. But these problems can be solved. I think, we’ll build this engine next year,” Bakov added.

He previously reported about Tractor Plants’ plan to present the electric transmission prototype in 2015. Bakov explained that the fighting vehicles fitted with it will be less visible to thermal imagers. The electric transmission is going to be optimized in the BMP-3 body with a serious modernization of the vehicle.




Iraq, Saudi Arabia want to buy nearly 1,500 Russian infantry fighting vehicles — company

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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS-DEFENSE/. Iraq plans 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 today.

“We’ve 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 we’ll 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.

Previously it became known that before the end of 2017 the Russian Defense Ministry is due to receive over 200 new BMP-3s. 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 is currently fulfilling an order to upgrade 135 infantry fighting vehicles of the UAE. The work is expected to be completed early next year.

Morocco, Myanmar to Buy Some 60 Russian BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles

1st Engineering Technologies International Forum 2010 kicks off in Zhukovsky outside Moscow


Russian company Tractor Plants received requests for the acquisition of the BMP-3 model from Myanmar and Morocco, according to the company’s spokesperson.

 Morocco and Myanmar will purchase approximately 60 BMP-3 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles from Russia, the model’s manufacturer announced Friday.

“As of today, we have received requests for the acquisition of the BMP-3 [model] from Myanmar and Morocco… I cannot disclose the exact amount, but we are talking about somewhere in the region of two battalions,” a representative of the Russian company Tractor Plants told RIA Novosti.

The anti-infantry vehicles are manufactured by the Kurganmashzavod company, part of the Tractor Plants machine-building consortium.The Tractor Plants spokesperson said talks on the purchase of the BMP-3 had not formally commenced but noted that Myanmar had also expressed interest in the BMP-3F version, which has been modified for seaworthiness and buoyancy.

Tractor Plants is one of the many domestic and foreign companies exhibiting at the 10th annual Russia Arms Expo RAE-2015 international arms show, underway in the city of Nizhny Tagil.

Scared of Russian BMPs, US Strykers in Europe to Get 30mm Guns

Elements from the Pennsylvania National Guard's 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team arrive at Vilnius International Airport for participation in the multinational exercise Saber Strike 2014, June 7, 2014.

Three months after the US Army requested an upgrade in military hardware, their Strykers based in Europe will soon be outfitted with 30mm cannons. The reason? Fears over Russian BMP-3s and BTR-80/82s.

The US Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment is one of only two US combat brigades left in mainland Europe. Based out of Germany, the squadron went on an 1,100 mile “Dragoon Ride” through the Baltic nations in April.

Designed as a way to showcase US military might in the face of alleged Russian aggression, the march did serve at least one practical purpose. Compared to the 100mm guns and 30mm canons of Russian transport vehicles, Army staff noticed that the 12.7mm canons of the Stryker were far too small.

Col. John Meyer, the unit’s commander, put in a request to upgrade the canons of 81 Strykers to 30mm. With a cost of $3.8 million per vehicle, those upgrades will begin soon, and could be complete within a “realistic” timeframe of 24 to 36 months.

“I did intend for it to be urgent, and the time frame I looked at is the next two years,’ Meyer said during a Pentagon news conference on Wednesday.

According to Ohio Senator Rob Portman, the Army had planned to upgrade the Strykers in 2020. But, speaking to Defense News, he said that was “prior to the deteriorating situation in Europe,” and that plan had to be fast-tracked.

The Army’s most likely choice is the 30mm Bushmaster II, which “can destroy anything short of a heavy tank, and do considerable damage even to those,” Jim Hasik, Brent Scowcroft Center senior fellow for defense, told Defense News.

That’s if military engineers can manage to attach such a large gun to the relatively small frame of the Stryker. Earlier experiments in attaching a 105 mm Mobile Gun System proved futile.

“MGS was a failure, which is why they stopped producing them,” a Hill staffer told Breaking Defense. “That said, MGS is better than nothing in terms of fire support. These [proposed] 30mm remote weapon stations help quite a bit.”

Strykers are the largest US military vehicles in Europe, but reports from Tuesday suggest that the Pentagon may send M1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley infantry vehicles to Hungary in 2016. According to the Hungarian Napi Gazdasag newspaper, the vehicles would then be used in NATO military exercises in the region.

Washington has repeatedly cited “Russian aggression” as an excuse to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe. These actions are based largely on unproven allegations of Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, which Russia denies, and Moscow has repeatedly expressed concern over the potentially destabilizing influence of provocative NATO actions.



Russia to Complete Upgrading BMP-3 Vehicles for UAE


The contract for the modernization of 135 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles supplied to the UAE will be fulfilled in summer. This statement was made by Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Igor Sevastyanov.

“The contract for the modernization of 135 BMP-3 vehicles is being fulfilled according to schedule. Almost half of the machines have already been delivered to the customer. We expect to complete the work in summer,” Mr. Sevastyanov said at the IDEX 2015 exhibition in Abu Dhabi (UAE), noting that the contract worth about $74 million was signed in February 2011.

It’s worth mentioning that the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle is a Soviet and Russian armored tracked vehicle designed for transporting military personnel to the front line and increasing mobility. The infantry fighting vehicle is characterized by enhanced fire power, mobility, protection and ergonomics resulting in higher combat efficiency.

Russian supplies to Azerbaijan

Russian supplies to Azerbaijan

Vedomosty, 19.06.2013
The large supplies of ground weapons from Russia to Azerbaijan by nearly $ 1 billion have begun. They will cause a negative reaction in Armenia, but will help to keep both sides from the conflict

On Internet resource June 15 it was containing photos of unloading tanks and other equipment for the Army, which, according to forum visitors, can be shown during a parade in honor of the Day of the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in Baku 26 of June. Two sources in the Russian defense industry confirmed for the “Vedomosti” that the photos are genuine and reflect a process which began in the spring of overland deliveries of military equipment to Azerbaijan in frame of a package of contracts entered into in 2011-2012.

According to the source, “Vedomosti”, it is a contract for three battalions (94 units) T-90S tanks, around three battalions (about 100 units), infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, Division (18 units) of self-propelled artillery pieces “MSTA- S” , Division (18 launchers) of multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS)” Smerch “, Division (18 units) of self-propelled artillery” Vienna “and the battery (6 units) of heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A” Solntsepek ” (blaze of the sun)(a new version of the system “Pinocchio”).

Any Russian arms supplies to Azerbaijan ,even on a commercial basis, cause nervous and painful reaction not only in society but also in the elite in Armenia , but this reaction does not take into consideration the fact that Armenia buys weapons from Russia’s by domestic prices and the supply of weapons to Armenia is balancing with Russian sales to Azerbaijan, a leading research fellow Alexander Krylov stresses.

In this situation it is possible to draw an analogy with the policy of the United States and NATO countries that supply large quantities of weapons antagonists – Egypt and Israel, Greece and Turkey: the dependence of these countries on a single supplier allows the United States and the West to contain conflicts between its customers, expert at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko says