Ukraine-based scientific and production association “Practika” announced details of a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle upgrade during the first All-Ukrainian forum of private defence enterprises.
According to Sergie Vilkov, head of development at Practika, the company has developed an upgrade package for the BMP-1 amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. BMP-1 is a Soviet-made light armoured vehicle being able to transport troops and to provide firepower and protection on the battlefield. The upgrade brings the basic specifications of the BMP-1 to the level of modern armoured vehicles.
The upgrade kit allows drastic increasing of the APC’s protection. The modernized vehicle received a new armored hull. Ergonomics for the crew and troops has also been improved. On the upgraded BMP-1 fuel tanks were relocated.
The vehicle is equipped with a fire-fighting equipment of the engine compartment and an anti-explosive equipment of the crew area. The seats are suspended to the hull ceiling and thereby have been reduced consequences of mines explosion.
The “Practika” to unveil its infantry fighting vehicle to the public at the “Arms and Security 2017” military exhibition in October in Kyiv.