Russian MoD ramps delivery of BMP-2M Berezhok tracked IFVs Infantry Fighting Vehicles


Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) is ramping up the deliveries of upgraded BMP-2M Berezhok tracked IFVs Infantry Fighting vehicles to the troops, according to the MoD’s officials. The BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is an upgraded version of the BMP-2 IFV equipped with a Berezhok turret armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, a 30mm AG-17 automatic grenade launcher and four launchers of 9M133 Kornet series anti-tank guided missiles.


Happy new year 2020 and our best wishes for friends readers customers and family 925 001
BMP-2M with Berezhok weapon station armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic gun, a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun, a 30mm AG-17 automatic grenade launcher and four launchers of 9M133 Kornet series anti-tank guided missiles. (Picture source Army Recognition)


On April 26, 2020, the Russian MoD (Ministry of Defense) reported a planned delivery of 60 Berezhok-2M IFVs to the units of the Land Force (Sukhoputniye Voyska, SV). “The Land Force is set to receive more than 60 BMP-2M with the Berezhok combat module. The Berezhok station is the updated organic turret of the BMP-2, which carries a modernized armament suite. The upgraded combat module features a combined sight with an independent two-axis field-of-view stabilizer, a thermal imager, a laser rangefinder, and a control unit for anti-tank guided missiles [ATGMs],” the MoD said in a statement.

The BMP-2M Berezhok will augment more sophisticated BMP-3s and advanced armored fighting vehicles. In September 2017, the MoD and the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) signed a contract for the modernization of 540 BMP-2 IFVs and BMD-2 airborne infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to the Berezhok/Bereg standard (Bereg is a variant of the Berezhok, which has been modified for the lighter BMD-2). The deliveries of the vehicles were launched in 2018-2019 and the Russian troops are now reported to have received some 30-40 BMP-2M Berezhok weapon systems.

The Berezhok is said to be a cost-effective update, which dramatically increases the firepower of the basic BMP-2 and leaves its protection almost untouched. According to KBP, the turret weighs up to 3,250 kg and carries a heavy armament suite integrating a Gryasev-Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon, an AGS-30M 30 mm automatic grenade launcher, a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm coaxial general-purpose machinegun, and four ready-use Kornet-E-family (NATO reporting name: AT-14 Spriggan) ATGMs in two two-cell banks mounted on either side of the turret.

Compared to the baseline BMP-2, the Berezhok is equipped with a far better sensor suite. The turret has received an automatic target tracker and a ballistic computer. According to KBP, the module fires up to two missiles in salvo mode in order to score higher hit probability.


This website uses cookies to manage authentication, navigation, and other functions. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.