The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) are planning to upgrade a large number of BMD-2 air-droppable infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the BMD-2M standard, a military source has told Jane’s .
“The VDV is set to conduct a major upgrade of 600 BMD-2s, fitting the vehicles with new weapons and digital command, control, information, surveillance, and reconnaissance subsystems. The launch date of the programme is set for 2021,” said the source. He added that BMD-2K command IFVs would be upgraded to the BMD-2K-AU standard and integrated with the YeSU TZ tactical command-and-control system.
The modernisation programme envisages the installation of new weapons and sensors, including a twin launcher for the 9M133 Kornet family of anti-tank guided missiles on the right side of the turret, a bank of three Tucha 902V smoke dischargers on the rooftop, and a panoramic sight with a thermal imager.
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