The Russian armed forces will receive the first Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for trials in 2019, an industry source told Jane's.
“JSC Kurganmashzavod has signed state contracts to deliver low-rate initial production batches of these vehicles. The IFV prototypes are being prepared for comprehensive trials before the adoption of the platform,” the source said.
The Kurganets-25 will gradually replace all existing IFVs in the Russian military. The vehicle's armament suite consists of a Shipunov 2A42 dual-feed 30 mm automatic cannon with an ammunition load of 500 rounds, a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm coaxial medium machine gun with an ammunition load of 2,000 rounds, and two twin Kornet anti-tank guided missile launchers in a remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS). The commander and the driver can control the RCWS. “With the integration of sophisticated computer technologies, the station tracks a target and engages it automatically. Both ammunition load and weapons are isolated from the crew," the source said.
The engine compartment is in the front, right part of the vehicle. The Kurganets-25 has a crew of three and can carry up to eight soldiers.
The IFV has a situational awareness system. Unlike its predecessors, it has only one firing port for a Kalashnikov assault rifle in the rear door.
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