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Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) [ 2016 ]

The Kurganets-25 Infantry Fighting Vehicle is a part of the Armata UCP line of vehicles serving the revitalized Russian ground forces.

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Intended to succeed the long-running BMP-4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) line of the Russian Army is the new "Kurganets-25" IFV platform. Externally, the Kurganets-25 is a departure from the general BMP shape, utilizing more of a Western design approach akin to the American Bradley, Italian Dardo, or Swedish CV90. The vehicle forms a part of the Armata "Universal Combat Platform" (UCP) developed by Russian military industry to field a variety of vehicles centered around a common chassis (including automotive components). The Kurganets-25 is fitted with the same crewless turret featured in the T-15 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV) detailed elsewhere on this site.

The Kurganets-25 IFV was debuted to the public during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, joining the new T-14 Main Battle Tank (MBT), the T-15 HIFV, and several other developments intended for the "new-look" Russian Army.

The IFV design utilizes the same seven double-tired roadwheel arrangement as the T-14 and T-15 though its drive sprocket is at the front as in the latter. This relocates the track idler to the rear of the vehicle. The engine is in a forward position allowing the rear of the vehicle to serve the turret emplacement and provide space for the protected passenger cabin which seats seven. The standard operating crew is three (driver, commander, and gunner) with the entire team seated in the hull. Primary armament in play through the remotely-controlled turret is a 30mm autocannon with 7.62mm machine gun. The turret also sports 4 x Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launchers for a ranged anti-tank capability. 500 x 30mm projectiles are carried as are 2,000 x 7.62mm rounds of ammunition. An alternative turret fitting is also recognized with a more modest 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun installation (remotely-controlled).

A diesel engine powers the drive components of the Kurganets-25 IFV, outputting between 500 and 800 horsepower. This allows for road speeds to reach in the neighborhood of 80 kmh with ranges out to 500 kilometers. The vehicle also holds an amphibious capability, traversing water sources at a serviceable 10 kmh.

Dimensions include a length of 7.2 meters, a height of 2.5 meters, and a width of 3.2 meters. Overall weight is 25 tons, heavier than the BMP-4 it is replacing. The vehicle also supports add-on armor for increased survivability while carrying smoke grenade dischargers and a full active protection suite.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Uralvagonzavod - Russia
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Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.

23.6 ft
(7.2 meters)
10.5 ft
(3.2 meters)
8.2 ft
(2.5 meters)
50,001 lb
(22,680 kg)
25.0 tons

1 x Diesel engine developing 500 to 800 horsepower.
Drive System
50 mph
(80 kph)
Road Speed
311 miles
(500 km)
Road Range

1 x 30mm autocannon in crewless turret
1 x 7.62mm machine gun
4 x Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launchers
8 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers
500 x 30mm projectiles
2,000 x 7.62mm ammunition
4 x Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs)
8 x Smoke Grenades

Kurganets-25 - Base Series Name

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