Currently, for testing, about 20 combat modules BTR-82 with an automatic gun 2А72 have been purchased. Such weapon is more modern than the 1А2 Thunder, originally based on the BMP-28. Its functionality is also different: if the Thunder is an anti-tank gun, then the new module can be used against lightly armored vehicles and low-flying targets - helicopters and even UAVs.- Said the source agency.
The source noted that the decision to modernize the BMP-1 was due to the fact that this undemanding in operation technique could be effectively used in the fight against irregular armed formations after improving combat capabilities.
BMP-1 we have a lot, but they are outdated. At the same time, the arrival of such advanced developments as Armata, Kurganets and Boomerang is still a matter of two more years. And besides, why use such a super-modern technique against militants of terrorist organizations like ISIL *, when there is an old and proven technique that just needs to be improved- he said.
Another source in the Russian military-industrial complex noted that the first batch of upgraded BMP-1 will go into service with the Ground Forces already in the summer of 2018.
According to open source data, during the production of the BMP-1 (1966-1988), more than 20 thousands of such machines were built. Currently, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and Rosgvardia are armed with about 1 thousands of BMP-1, 7 thousands of armored vehicles are stored by the Ministry of Defense
ISIS * is a terrorist organization banned in Russia.