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The Indian Army has recently showcased an upgraded variant of the BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), featuring a unique configuration designed in-house. The most notable upgrade includes the integration of a single-launcher 3rd Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM), providing a significant boost in firepower.

The upgraded BMP-2 IFVs now sport a single-launcher 3rd Gen ATGM, a testament to the innovative capabilities of the Indian Army’s in-house design team. This modification aims to enhance the vehicle’s anti-tank capabilities, ensuring that it remains a formidable asset on the battlefield. Additionally, a twin-launcher configuration for the ATGMs has also been developed, offering even greater firepower and versatility. This twin-launcher setup will be implemented in the interim, providing the Army with enhanced strike capabilities until a comprehensive upgrade is completed.

A significant milestone in this upgrade process was the contract signed on 13 March 2024 with Armoured Vehicles Nigam Limited (AVNL). This state-owned company, based in Chennai, has been entrusted with the task of upgrading the BMP-2/2K vehicles. AVNL has developed an indigenized solution, incorporating night fighting capabilities and a sophisticated Fire Control System (FCS). This system is the result of collaborative efforts between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), also based in Chennai.

Key Upgrades and Enhancements

The upgrade package for the BMP-2 IFVs includes several critical enhancements:

  1. Night Fighting Capabilities: The integration of advanced sighting systems and FCS developed by DRDO and BEL enables the BMP-2 to operate effectively in low-light conditions, significantly improving its combat readiness during night operations.
  2. Fire Control System (FCS): The new FCS enhances targeting accuracy and engagement speed, making the BMP-2 a more lethal and efficient fighting vehicle.
  3. See-Through Armour: This upgrade allows for better situational awareness and protection for the crew, improving both offensive and defensive capabilities.
  4. Anti-UAV Capabilities: Recognizing the growing threat of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in modern warfare, the BMP-2 upgrades include systems to detect and counter these threats effectively.

The Ordnance Factory Medak has been tasked with upgrading a total of 693 BMP-2 vehicles. This comprehensive upgrade program not only enhances the BMP-2’s combat capabilities but also ensures that these vehicles remain relevant and effective in modern combat scenarios.

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