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Defexpo 2022: India unveils upgraded BMPs

AVNL unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle at Defexpo 2022. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)

India's state-run Armoured Vehicle Nigam Limited (AVNL) has unveiled the BMP-2M infantry combat vehicle (ICV) at Defexpo 2022, being held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, from 18 to 22 October.

According to the company, the BMP-2M is an upgraded BMP-2 with a loitering munition system (LMS), fifth-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), and an armament upgrade with an integrated fire-control system (FCS).

The LMS, manufactured by Telangana-based Avision Systems, provides improved endurance and manoeuvrability to the BMP-2M, ensuring high accuracy against static or moving targets.

The comprehensive operational range of Avision's LMS is from 5 km short-range tactical strikes to 250 km long-range strategic operations.

The LMS also consists of multiple launcher options, stabilised electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) seeker payload, a triple-mode fuse, and an operator control unit.

AVNL said that the LMS delivers independence and flexibility to front-line forces with minimal collateral damage.

The fifth-generation ATGM provides enhanced lethality to the BMP-2M against all types of targets. The range of the ATGM fitted in the BMP-2M for a ground launch is 5.5 km and that for an aerial launch is 10 km.

The FCS in the BMP-2M includes a third-generation sighting system with a multifunctional display for the gunner and commander, and an integrated FCS for all weapons.

The BMP-2M is also equipped with an overriding facility for the commander, automatic target tracking, and an improved situational awareness display for troops.

Anurag Kumar Sharma, general manager of AVNL, told Janes that the BMPs lacked modern warfare weapon systems. “Modern warfare needs modern weaponry. AVNL equipped BMP-2 with various modern weapon systems and named it BMP-2M.”

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