The Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, has delivered a batch of the new BMR-3MA heavy mine-clearing vehicle (MCV) to Russia`s Ministry of Defence (MoD), a company representative told Jane's.
"This is the first BMR-3MA delivery to Russia`s military under the Gosoboronzakaz (State Defence Order) programme. The vehicle is fitted with a new design roller, an enhanced climate control unit and a modern communication system with the crew compartment protected by composite materials," he said, referring to an armour package including explosive reactive armour. He did not specify the number of MCVs delivered to the MoD.
He added that the BMR-3MA is based on the T-90 main battle tank (MBT). "The BMR-3MA has passed all the qualification trials in accordance with the technical requirements. The entry of such a vehicle into service will considerably beef up the armed forces` counter-mine capabilities."
The company also offers an export version of the MCV, designated BMR-3MS, to potential foreign customers. According to UVZ, the BMR-3MS can eliminate all types of anti-tank mines, including those targeting the tracks or hull belly fitted with contact mechanical, remote magnetic and remote-controlled fuses. Wide-band and portable jammers integrated into the vehicle make it especially effective against remote-controlled improvised explosive devices. The BMR-3MS can transport up to three engineers but, unlike the BMR-3MA, cannot be operated remotely.
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