Improved version of Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicle completed its first test

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The improved version  of Ukrainian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle  fitted with Shkval overhead weapon station and a new Deutz engine.

The first prototype vehicle, designated the BMP-1 with a new engine, is being tested in Ukraine. The upgrade BMP-1 developed by State Enterprise “Zhytomyr armored factory” (part of  State Concern “Ukroboronprom”).

Earlier it was reported that Deutz AG Company will provide a special price for the batch of engines for Ukraine. Saved money – almost 25 mln UAH – UKROBORONPROM will direct for the new military equipment manufacture for Ukrainian army.

Respective agreements with Deutz were achieved after difficult and protracted negotiations between representatives of SE “Ukroboronprom” and German company.

The Shkval overhead weapon station (OWS) consists of 30 mm automatic gun, 7.62 mm machine gun, 30 mm automatic grenade launcher and anti-tank missile system.

The design of the Shkval overhead weapon station enables an easy way to replace the available weapon. The 30 mm dual-feed automatic gun has 225 rounds of ready-to-fire ammunition. The 7.62 mm machine gun has 2500 rounds of ammunition. The 30 mm automatic grenade launcher is installed on the turret’s left side having 29 rounds of ready-to-fire ammunition, including 87 auxiliary rounds (3×29 rds).
The upgraded OWS equipped with the fire control system on the basis of optical-television multi-channel sighting system with integrated thermal imaging sight and laser rangefinder, as well as guided missile fire control system.
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