Tuesday, December 6, 2022

New BMP-3s of Iraqi Armed forces spotted at Kurganmashzavod’s facility

The new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles of Iraqi Armed forces were seen at the Russian “Kurganmashzavod” JSC military-industrial complex in the Kurgan.

The new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles in sand-coloured camouflage were spotted during the visit of the Russian delegation to the Kurganmashzavod plant. The “Voyennyy Osvedomitel” has speculated that it could be new fighting vehicles that were ordered by Iraq’s army.

Some source reported that Iraq has ordered several hundred new BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles. About three hundred combat vehicles will be delivered to Iraq in the period 2018 and 2022.


Iraq’s army will be received an advanced version of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with add-on armour kit is fitted.

The upgraded infantry fighting vehicle BMP-3 was designed on the basis of the BMP-3 IFV operation experience in various regions of the world and modern demands for infantry fighting vehicles. As compared with the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle the upgraded BMP-3 features enhanced fire power, mobility, protection and ergonomics resulting in higher combat efficiency.

The BMP-3 is one of the most heavily armed infantry combat vehicles in service, fitted with a low-velocity 2A70 100 mm rifled gun, which can fire conventional shells or 9M117 ATGMs (AT-10 Stabber). 40 100mm-rounds and 8 ATGMs are carried. A 2A72 30 mm dual feed autocannon with 500 (300 HEI and 200 APT) rounds and a rate of fire of 350 to 400 RPM, and a 7.62mm PKT machine gun with 2,000 rounds, all mounted coaxially in the turret.

“Kurganmashzavod” JSC is one of the leading enterprises of the Russian military industrial complex, it is the only country enterprise producing infantry fighting vehicles.

Photo by Voyennyy Osvedomitel / vk.com/milinfolive
Photo by Voyennyy Osvedomitel / vk.com/milinfolive

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