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They in russia Announce Delivery to Frontline of a party of BMP-3 IFV Having Means of Combating Drones

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Sending a batch of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles for the russian army, autumn 2023 / Freeze frame from a propaganda video
Sending a batch of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles for the russian army, autumn 2023 / Freeze frame from a propaganda video

The aggressor country says that it has started to produce armored vehicles with slightly improved characteristics

russian propagandists said that "Kurganmashzavod" delivered another batch of new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) to the russia’sarmy. The number of vehicles is not disclosed, but it is claimed that the new infantry fighting vehicles for the russian occupying forces received mounts for the installation of additional armor plates and anti-cumulative gratings in the side and front projections.

Moreover, russian propagandists claim that the new BMP-3 IFV intended for the occupation contingent in Ukraine will be able to be equipped with EW devices, which, in turn, will apparently be able to "jam" the drones of the Defense Forces of Ukraine. Testing of such means is already underway, says the Polish portal Defence24.

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They in russia Announce Delivery to Frontline of a party of BMP-3 IFV Having Means of Combating Drones, Sending a batch of BMP-3 IFV for the russian army, autumn 2023, Defense Express
Sending a batch of BMP-3 IFV for the russian army, autumn 2023 / Freeze frame from a propaganda video

The information about the availability of fasteners for the installation of additional armor plates and anti-cumulative grids can hardly be called new. As recently as April 2023, it was reported that the russians had installed a rare 675-sb3KDZ protection on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (essentially a set of grilles and other additional protection), but this did not "save" them from disposal near Vugledar.

The information about the availability of fasteners for the installation of additional armor plates and anti-cumulative grids can hardly be called new. As recently as April 2023, it was reported that the russians had installed a rare 675-sb3KDZ protection on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (essentially a set of grilles and other additional protection), but this did not "save" them from disposal near Vugledar.

They in russia Announce Delivery to Frontline of a party of BMP-3 IFV Having Means of Combating Drones, Enemy armored vehicles, in particular BMP-3 IFV, destroyed near Vugledar, April 2023, Defense Express
Enemy armored vehicles, in particular BMP-3 IFV, destroyed near Vugledar, April 2023 / Photo: the commander of the Tavria Operational and Strategic Group of Forces, General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi

According to The Military Balance 2023, at the beginning of this year, the russian army had approximately 400 BMP-3/BMP-3M IFVs at its disposal.

According to Russian propagandists, in the first quarter of 2023, the same "Kurganmashzavod" produced up to 106 new BMP-3s as well as overhauled approx. 60 vehicles of this type.

They in russia Announce Delivery to Frontline of a party of BMP-3 IFV Having Means of Combating Drones, New BMP-3 in the workshops of the russia’s Kurganmashzavod, November 2022, Defense Express
New BMP-3 in the workshops of the russia’s "Kurganmashzavod", November 2022 / Open sources illustrative photo
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