Aviation & Aerospace Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Small Arms Warships & Submarines Military Ranks U.S. Military Pay Special Forces DoD Dictionary (Alpha-to-Zulu) Military Alphabet Code


Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)

Bulgaria | 1982

"Introduced in the mid-1980s, the Bulgarian BMP-23 took qualities of the Soviet BMP-1 and set them atop the chassis of the 2S1 gun carrier to produce a modern Infantry Fighting Vehicle."

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/18/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
The BMP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) proved a success for the Soviet Army when it was introduced in 1966. It went on to be used by a plethora of national powers from South America and Africa to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. As such production of this product reached into the tens of thousands when all variants were considered.

Bulgaria was one of the many global customers to receive the BMP-1 and, with this practical background, it went ahead with a new, indigenous IFV becoming the "BMP-23" - utilizing the same relative form and battlefield function as its Soviet predecessor with modifications enacted to suit local requirements. The chassis and hull of the BMP-23 were taken from the 2S1 "Gvozdika" Self-Propelled Gun (SPG) (detailed elsewhere on this site) which added more internal space for the carrying of troops.

The end result has become a useful 15.2 tonne vehicle with a 7.28 meter length, 3 meter width and 2.5 meter height. Internally it is crewed by three and seats a further seven combat-ready elements. A turret fitted atop the low profile hull fits a 23mm 2A14 series autocannon with built-in functionality for firing the 9K111 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) (original models fired the (9K11 "Malyutka" series missile). Secondary armament is a 7.62mm PKT machine gun in a coaxial fitting. The armor is steel (cast) and provides protection against large caliber small arms fire and artillery spray. The running gear includes seven road wheels to a hull side with the drive sprocket at front leaving the track idler at rear. Power to the vehicle is served through a YaMZ-238N turbocharged diesel-fueled engine developing 315 horsepower. Road speeds reach 62 kmh and ranges are out to 600 kilometers. An inherent amphibious quality is noted.

The BMP-23 was unveiled during a 1984 parade (prior to the end of the Cold War, 1991) and it is believed that about (or fewer than) 100 were constructed since. The series went on to see combat service with the Bulgarian Army in Iraq following the events of 9/11 and variants include the BMP-23D, which introduced 9K111 missile support, and the BMP-30 - which seats the complete turret of the BMP-2 IFV line.

Content ©MilitaryFactory.com; No Reproduction Permitted.
Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the BMP-23 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).
1 x YaMZ-238N turbocharged diesel-fueled engine developing 315 horsepower.
Installed Power
The physical qualities of the BMP-23 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the BMP-23 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV).
1 x 23mm 2A14 autocannon with 9K11 / 9K111 Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) support.
1 x 7.62mm PKT machine gun
6 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers
600 x 23mm projectiles
1,000 x 7.62mm ammunition (estimated)
6 x Smoke Grenades
Nightvision - YES
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES
Notable series variants as part of the BMP-23 family line.
BMP-23 - Base Series Designation; reconnaissance / IFV model.
BMP-23D - Modernized variant with support for 9K111 ATGM; smoke grenade dischargers.
BMP-30 - BMP-2 turret fitted
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the BMP-23. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 100 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - Bulgaria
National flag of Bulgaria

[ Bulgaria ]
Going Further...
The BMP-23 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) appears in the following collections:
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2024 Military Pay Scale Military Ranks U.S. DoD Dictionary Conversion Calculators Military Alphabet Code Military Map Symbols US 5-Star Generals WW2 Weapons by Country

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com. No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.

Part of a network of sites that includes Global Firepower, WDMMA.org, WDMMW.org, and World War Next.

©2024 www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-2024 (21yrs)