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BWP-2000

Prototype infantry fighting vehicle

BWP-2000 IFV

The BWP-2000 provides a higher level of protection, than most current IFVs

 
 
Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 25 - 29 t
Length 7.3 m
Width 3.25 m
Height 2.5 m
Armament
Main gun 60-mm cannon
ATGW 2 x TOW launchers
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
ATGW ?
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine V-46-6 diesel
Engine power 780 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 1 m
Trench ~ 2.5 m
Fording ~ 1.5 m

 

   The BWP-2000 is a prototype Polish infantry fighting vehicle. Its development began in the early 1990s. It was intended to replace the Polish BWP-1, which is a Soviet BMP-1, produced under license. The project was eventually cancelled in the late 1990s with only two prototypes built.

   The BWP-2000 IFV has a welded steel hull. Add-on passive or explosive reactive armor kit can be fitted for enhanced protection. It is worth mentioning that the Polish BWP-2000 provides higher level of protection, than most current infantry fighting vehicles. It is claimed that it withstands up to 35-mm projectiles over the frontal arc. The roof and sides protect against 12.7-mm rounds, fired from 100 m range. All-round protection is against 7.62-mm rounds.

   One prototype of the BWP-2000 is fitted a fully developed and tested Italian OTO Melara T60/70A turret, armed with a fully-stabilized 60-mm quick-firing cannon and coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. This IFV is also armed with two TOW anti-tank guided missile launchers, mounted on each side of the turret. A number of other turret options were proposed, armed with 23-mm, 25-mm, 35-mm and 40-mm cannons or 105-mm gun.

   The BWP-2000 IFV has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. It accommodates eight fully equipped troops. Soldiers enter and exit the vehicle via a rear power-operated ramp or roof hatches.

   The Polish BWP-2000 infantry fighting vehicle uses a number of automotive components from the MT-S tracked carrier, which was jointly developed by Poland, Soviet Union and East Germany in the late 1980s. Engine compartment is located at the front of the hull, on the right hand side. The BWP-2000 is fitted with a V-46-6 diesel engine of the T-72 MBT. This engine develops 780 hp. Vehicle is not amphibious.

   Currently Poland is gradually replacing the former Soviet weapon systems with modern designs. In 2010 a new Anders IFV was revealed. Currently it is only a technology demonstrator, however it might be approved for series production in the next couple of years. It might replace the cancelled BWP-2000, as the Polish Army still lacks a modern infantry fighting vehicle.

 

 
BWP-2000 IFV

BWP-2000 IFV

BWP-2000 IFV

BWP-2000 IFV

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