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BVP-M2 SKCZ

Infantry fighting vehicle

BVP-M2 SKCZ

The BVP-M2 SKCZ was jointly developed by Czech and Slovak companies

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 6/7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 18 t
Length 7 m
Width 3.2 m
Height 2.9 m
Armament
Main gun 30-mm
ATGW 2 x ?
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
ATGW ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Caterpillar C9.3 diesel
Engine power 400 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range 550 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2.5 m
Fording 1.2 m

 

   The BVP-M2 SKCZ infantry fighting vehicle was jointly developed by Czech and Slovak companies. This armored vehicle is also referred as the Shakal (jackal). It was first publicly revealed in 2013. It is an upgrade of the BVP-2 IFV, which is a license-produced version of the Soviet BMP-2. The original BVP-1 and BVP-2 were produced in the former Czechoslovakia in thousands.

   Currently a number of older BVP-1 and BVP-2 remain in service with both Czech Republic and Slovakia. Also the BVP-M2 is being proposed for export customers. There are plenty of older BMP-2 IFVs all around the world.

   The new BVP-M2 SKCZ has been extensively redesigned. Only little has been left from the original vehicle, even though general layout remains the same. A number of drawbacks of the original BMP-2 have been eliminated. Ergonomics for the crew and troops has also been improved. Essentially the BVP-M2 evolved into an entirely new combat vehicle.

   The new Czech IFV is fitted with new remotely controlled turret. It is armed with a 30-mm cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun. The main gun is fully stabilized and can fire accurately while driving. There is provision for anti-tank guided missiles. Modern sights allow detecting targets and aiming in day or night. All weapons can be operated both by commander or gunner.

   Firing ports were deleted from hull sides in order not to compromise protection. Interior is lined with a spall liner. All round protection is against 7.62x51 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle can be fitted with add-on armor kit for a higher level of protection. Slat armor can be fitted for protection against RPG rounds. New seats offer improved protection again mine blasts. The BVP-M2 withstands blasts equivalent to 6 kg of TNT under any wheel. Vehicle is also fitted with automatic fire extinguishing system in engine, crew and troop compartments.

   The new Czech IFV is fitted with a laser warning system and battle management system.

   Limited internal dimensions and cramped troop compartment were always a drawback of the Soviet BMP-1 and its derivatives. However the BVP-M2 SKCZ has a redesigned interior with roomier troop compartment. This Czech IFV accommodates 6 or 7 dismounts plus the crew of three. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches.

   It is worth mentioning that fuel tanks built-into the rear entry doors was considered a serious design flaw of the original BMP-1. Once hit into the rear the BMP-2 caught fire and there were little chances for the troops to survive. On the BVP-M2 fuel tanks were relocated and this drawback has been eliminated.

   Vehicle is powered by a new Caterpillar C9.3 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 400 hp. This IFV is also fitted with new automatic transmission. It seems that the BVP-M2 lost amphibious capabilities due to increased weight. This IFV can be airlifted by C-130 tactical cargo aircraft.

 

 
BVP-M2 SKCZ

BVP-M2 SKCZ

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