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Infantry fighting vehicle

Kurganets IFV

The Kurganets-25 is a new-generation Russian infantry fighting vehicle

Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 7 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 25 t
Length ~ 7.2 m
Width ~ 4 m
Height ~ 3.2 m
Main gun 30-mm
ATGW Kornet-M
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 500 rounds
Machine guns 2 000 x 7.62-mm
Engine diesel
Engine power 450 ~ 750 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 80 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 10 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step ~ 0.7 m
Trench ~ 1.8 m
Fording Amphibious


   The Kurganets-25 is a new Russian infantry fighting vehicle. Sometimes this vehicle is simply referred as Kurganets. In 2011 Russian Ministry of Defense issued a requirement for a successor of the BMP-3 that becomes out dated. The new IFV was developed alongside a Bumerang wheeled armored personnel carrier. The whole project was kept in high secrecy. The Kurganets-25 was first publicly revealed in 2015. It was planned that Kurganets-25 will replace the ageing BMP-1 and BMP-2 IFVs in service with the Russian Army. However these plans are questionable due to funding problems. As of 2015 only a handful of pre-production vehicles were built. As of 2017 it is still being tested by its manufacturer. It is expected that a full-scale production could commence within the next couple of years

   This new-generation infantry fighting vehicle has little in common with the BMP-3. The Kurganets-25 was developed from scratch. Some drawbacks of the BMP-3, such as a cramped crew compartment and cramped exit, were fixed. It has been reported that a number of components and subsystems are interchangeable with the Bumerang armored personnel carrier.

   The Kurganets-25 IFV has a welded hull and turret. Its armor is made of special aluminum alloy. Vehicle has modular armor with add-on armor modules. So protection level can be tailored to counter specific threats or to suit mission requirements. Vehicle has a double hull floor for improved protection against mine blasts. It has been reported that protection of the Kurganets-25 is superior to that of the BMP-3, but inferior to that of the M2A3 Bradley.

   It seems that this vehicle can be fitted with newly-developed Drozd-2 active protection system. Also is seems that it comes with newly developed countermeasures system, the reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. It might be a slimed-down version of the Shtora, used on the T-90 main battle tank.

   Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection system.

   The Kurganets-25 has a remotely controlled weapon station. It is armed with a 30-mm cannon. This cannon has an effective range of up to 4 km. Vehicle carries a total of 500 rounds for the cannon, including 160 armor-piercing and 340 high-explosive fragmentation rounds. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun and 4 Kornet-M anti-tank guided missile launchers. Missiles have a maximum range of 8 - 10 km and can also target helicopters.

   In terms of firepower the new IFV looses to the previous BMP-3. The 100-mm cannon of the BMP-3 was deleted in order to save dimensions and weight. The same new turret is also used on the Bumerang APC and Armata heavy IFV.

   Vehicle has a new fire control system. The system automatically searches for targets in passive and active modes. Vehicle also has a thermal imager.

   The Kurganets-25 is operated by a crew of 3, including commander, gunner and driver. It can carry 7 soldiers. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors. Also there are roof hatches for firing and emergency exit.

   This new-generation IFV is powered by a diesel engine. Two engine alternatives are available. These are 17-liter ChTZ-Uraltrac 2V06 opposite engine, developing 450-510 hp or YaMZ-780 inline engine with two turbochargers, developing 750 hp.  As of early 2017 it is unclear which engine will be fitted on production model. It is planned that the same engine will be used by Bumerang 8x8 armored personnel carrier.

   Engine is mounted at the front of the hull. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension with variable ground clearance.

   The Kurganets-25 is fully-amphibious. On water it is propelled by two waterjets, mounted at the rear. It has been reported that this vehicle uses new amphibious propulsion technology and has speed on water of 10 km/h. It is worth noting that add-on armor blocks provide additional buoyancy and stability on water.

   This infantry fighting vehicle has a capability to operate autonomously for a couple of days, without the soldiers leaving it.

   It is planned that a whole family of vehicles will be based on the same chassis. Some variants have already been developed and are in production.




   Armored personnel carrier with remotely-controlled 12.7-mm machine gun. It seems that this variant lacks a countermeasures system;

   Command vehicle;

   Armored ambulance;

   Armored recovery vehicle;

   Light tank;

   Air defense vehicle;

   Armored engineer vehicle.


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