India: Defence Council Clears Order For BMP-2 And -2K Combat Vehicles

This programme is an addition to the BMP-2 fleet modernization expressed in 2013, when it was announced that the Indian Army would upgrade its entire Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty-2 (BMP) 2/2K armoured infantry combat vehicle (AIFV) fleet in an effort to enhance their capability to address operational requirements.

The 149 BMP-2/2Kinfantry combat vehicles (ICV) for the mechanised infantry and other arms and service will be manufactured under the licence provided by Russia, according to the online version of the Economic Times daily. The Ordnance Factory Board – a government-owned dre and upgrade the in-service ones.

The Indian army is said to have about 980 BMP-2 Sarath IFVs, produced under a – then – Soviet licence, and 125 BMP-2K IFVs. The BMP-2K is a command vehicle derivative of the baseline BMP-2 IFV. Two shortwave whip antennas mounted on the rear of its hull set it apart from the baseline model. In addition, a long-distance antenna can be erected at the halt. Read More…

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