Venezuela receives 13 BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles from Russia
Venezuela has received another shipment of 13 BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV) from Russia. Deliveries of the BMP-3 had begun in 2011 and are part of an order in 2009 for 123 vehicles.
The BMP-3 vehicles are part of a Venezuelan program to modernize its armed forces. Other purchases include the Su-30 fighter aircraft, and the local manufacture of AK-103 assault rifles.
In 2010, Venezuela received a $2.2 billion loan from Russia for the purchase of 92 T-72M1M main battle tanks, BTR-30 armored personnel carriers and artillery systems.
Venezuela is projected by Russia to become its second largest market for arms purchases after 2015. Only India would be a bigger market and surpassing China.
The BMP-3 is an amphibious, tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle with several variations developed by the Tula Design Bureau for Instrument Engineering. The specifications of the basic version are:
- crew of 3
- length of 7.1 m
- width of 3.2 m
- height of 2.4 m
- weight of 18.7 tons
- range of 700 km
- road speed of 72 km/hr
- an offroad speed of 45 km/hr
- speed of 10 km/hr in the water
The BMP-3 is powered by a 500 hp UTD-29M diesel engine, which unusually is located at the rear.
The crew of the BMP-3 consists of a driver, gunner and commander and can carry between 7 to 9 passengers. The vehicle provides NBC protection for the crew and can be fitted with reactive armor.
The BMP-3 is one of the most heavily armed IFV around. The turret is fitted with a 100 mm 2A70 low-velocity rifled gun, 30 mm 2A72 gun and 7.62 mm coaxial gun. There are usually two 30 mm machine guns at the front of the chassis.
The 100 mm gun can fire the 9M117 / AT-10 Stabber laser beam-riding anti-tank missiles. There are also grenade launchers and all weapons can be fired when the vehicle is stationary, afloat or on the move.
Depending on the BMP-3 version, the vehicle can be fitted with an automatic fire control system, including a laser range-finder, an optical sight and thermal imaging sight. The Shtora or Arena counter-measures systems may also be fitted.
Venezuela received two divisions of the Russian C-300BM complex
Russia transferred armies of Venezuela two divisions of the surface-to-air missile C-300BM missile system of distant radius of action.
To Venezuela C-300BM system elements are delivered to two divisions, the Izvestiya newspaper reports. “Till summer both divisions will be mounted, tested and transferred to the customer. Approximately in the fall 2013 the system will take up fighting watch in Venezuela”, – the interlocutor of “News” explained.
The C-300BM complex is intended for defense of the major objects against massive rockets of operational and tactical appointment and average range, aeroballitichesky rockets, planes of strategic and tactical aircraft of patrolling directors of active hindrances and fighting helicopters. It is first-ever in the world mobile universal system which can carry out functions both antiaircraft, and antimissile defense. Two types of the antiaircraft guided missiles, capable to get the purpose for 200 km from a place of basing of the launcher are for this purpose used.
“Now it is the most powerful Russian system of that are delivered for export. More powerfully only S-400. And Venezuela the first of foreign partners received it on arms”, – the representative of Rosoboronexport concern explained. Thus he noted that the American rival analogs – the Patriot PAC-2 and PAC-3 complexes concede to C-300BM and besides aren’t mobile.
Delivery of new party of military equipment is carried out under the contract of 2009 which sum makes 11 billion dollars. From these means Venezuela received more than four billion dollars on credit. Thanks to military equipment from Russia until the end of 2013 in Venezuela will be able to create the echeloned system of antiaircraft defense which structure will include the antiaircraft artillery ZU-23 installations, Buk-2M and Pechora-2M surface-to-air missile systems, and also the C-300BM complexes.