Captured Russian Army BMP-2M IFV
BM-2M equipped with a new 30mm 2A42 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun and a 30mm AG-17 automatic grenade launcher (AGL). The 30mm cannon has the capability to fire 500 rounds of ammunition a minute, while the 7.62mm gun offers a rate of fire of 2,000 rounds a minute. The AGL can launch 250 grenades a minute for a maximum range of 1,730m.
The hull of the IFV is protected by appliqué armour, which enables the vehicle to withstand 12.7mm B-3232 rounds and high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) missiles.
The BMP-2M IFV is equipped with a multi-channel optical system for stabilisation of view during firing. The vehicle has an advanced target detection system, a laser range-finder and a thermal imaging system to improve the accuracy of target detection and mission efficiency.
An armament stabiliser and ballistic computer, as well as a BPK-3-42 gunner’s sight are fitted to the vehicle enable the firing of main armament. The vehicle is also installed with PL-1 laser illuminator.
The target detection ranges of the vehicle during the day and night are 5,000m and 3,000m respectively.
The BMP-2M IFV is equipped with a six-cylinder, four-stroke UTD-23 supercharged, direct-injection diesel engine. The engine has the capacity to produce a maximum power of 360hp. The upgraded variant has a power-to-weight ratio of 22.5hp/t.
It can travel at a maximum speed of 65km/h on road, while the maximum amphibious speed is 7km/h and the cruising range is 600km. The combat weight of the vehicle is approximately 16,000kg.
As previously reported, the first Russian units equipped with BMP-2m with the Berezhok combat module were introduced to Ukraine from the end of April – the beginning of May.