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Analysis: Discover Ukrainian soldiers using captured Russian BMP-3 IFV after refurbishing

According to a video published on the Facebook account of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on May 29, 2022, the Ukrainian soldiers successfully used captured Russian-made BMP-3 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle that they have completely repaired and refurbished.
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Ukrainian soldiers successfully use Russian captured BMP-3 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle during combat operations after repairs and refurbishing. (Picture source Ukraine armed forces)

According to information published on the Internet and Social Networks, Ukrainian army soldiers have already captured a large number of Russian vehicles which are repaired and then returned to service to continue the fight within the Ukrainian armed forces.

Citing open sources information, currently the Ukrainian army uses captured Russian T-90A main battle tanks, BMP-3 tracked armored IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles), BMD-2 airborne tracked IFVs, BMD-3 airborne tracked IFVs, BMD-4M airborne tracked IFVs, BTR-D tracked armored APCs (Armored Personnel Carriers), MT-LB tracked multirole armored vehicles and more.

The BMP-3 is a Russian-made tracked armored vehicle that combines the properties of an infantry fighting vehicle, a tank destroyer, an amphibious APC, and a fire support vehicle. It entered service with the Russian army in 1990 and made its first public appearance the same year.

The BMP-3 has a combat weight of 18.7 tons with a crew of three including a driver, commander, and gunner, and can accommodate up to seven infantrymen. The main armament of the BMP-3 consists of one 100mm 2A70 semi-automatic rifled gun/missile launcher, which is stabilized in two axes and can fire either 3UOF HE-FRAG rounds or 3UBK10 anti-tank guided missiles. The effective range for the HE-FRAG round is 4,000m. Muzzle velocity is 250m/s. 22 HE-FRAG rounds can be carried in the automatic loader, total ammunition load is 40 rounds.

The BMP-3 is motorized with a V-shaped UTD-29 diesel engine, which produces 500hp. mounted at the rear of the vehicle, coupled with a hydro-mechanical transmission, with 4 forward and 2 reverse gears. It can run at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 600 km on road.


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