Algeria to deploy 304 Russian BMP-2M fitted with Berezhok combat module 31404162

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Algeria to deploy 304 Russian BMP-2M fitted with Berezhok combat module
Algeria has deployed 304 Russian BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) equipped with Berezhok manned combat module, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies` (IISS) report.
     
Algeria to deploy 304 Russian BMP 2M fitted with Berezhok combat module 640 001Russian BMP-2M Berezhok infantry fighting vehicles (IFV)
     

All 304 BMP-2 vehicles have received four ready-to-launch 9M133 Kornet-E (NATO reporting name: AT-14 Spriggan) anti-tank guided missiles. Approximately 685 non-upgraded BMP-1 have been issued to the unit and bodies of Land Forces. According to a Russian defense industry source, all Algerian BMP-1 IFVs are going to be upgraded to BMP-2M standart. As the IISS` specialists pointed out, Algeria has received 100 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles but there is no official confirmation of such information.

B05Ya01 Berezhok manned turret developed by Tula-based KBP company (a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding) is the latest upgrade of the basic BMP-2`s combat module. It incorporates 30mm 2A42 automatic gun as a main weapon with coaxial 7.62mm PKT/PKTM machinegun. B05Ya01 is equipped with anti-tank guided missiles, namely, four ready-to-launch 9M133 Kornet-E ATGMs.

The module has also received 30mm AG-30 automatic grenade launcher (AGL) and six 902B Tucha smoke grenade launchers. 2A42 gun can fire armor-piercing and high-explosive shells, being able to destroy targets at the distances up to 2000 m and 4000 m, respectively.

The gun has ammunition load of 500 shells. AG-30 AGL can fire three types of grenades, namely, VOG-17M, VOG-30, GPD-30, being able to destroy personnel targets at the distances up to 1700-2100 m. Berezhok can fire five types of Kornet munitions, namely anti-tank tandem-warhead 9M133-1/9M133-2 and anti-personnel thermobaric 9M133F-1/9M133F-2/9M133F-3 missiles. Kornet -E ATGMs can penetrate 1000-1300mm armour behind explosive reactive armour (ERA), being able to eliminate targets at the distances up to 5500 m.

B05Ya01 is equipped with independent sights of commander and gunner, allowing them to work in 'hunter-killer' mode. The gunner`s sight has four channels: optical, thermal imaging, laser rangefinder and ATGM control channel. The commander has received panoramic sight with laser rangefinder and television channel. Berezhok can be installed on either BMP-1 or BMP-2 IFVs.

It should be noted, the Algeria is one of the biggest Kornet-E (E stands for Export Modification, Ekspornty) ATGM operator in the world. The country has deployed 64 upgraded BRDM-2M self-propelled anti-tank guided missile (SPATGM) systems armed with Kornet-Es.

According to the IISS` report, Algerian Land Forces have also deployed about 300 Russian T-90SA (A stands for Algerian, Alzhirsky) main battle tanks (MBT) and 150 BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers (APC).
     
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