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Ukraine begins receiving BMP-1s

8th April 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Armed Forces of Ukraine have begun to receive deliveries of 37 BMP-1 units from the state-owned Ukrspecexport company.

A technical inspection of the new units was carried out by officials on 2 April.

Aivaras Abromavicius, general manager of Ukrspecexport, said in a statement: ‘The Supplier and Defence Ministry have made the greatest contribution to the fulfilment of this contractually important defence state. Without the synergy of joint action, it is difficult to execute such orders under the current conditions.’

He added: ‘Markets where military equipment and weapons have traditionally been sold are unstable due to the closure of the borders of most countries of the world. The issue of physical international supplies is also much more complicated.’

The BMP-1 is a tracked amphibious IFV originally developed in the Soviet Union during the 1960s. Shephard Defence Insight reports that Ukraine currently operates 2,525 BMP-1s whilst Russia operates 5,100.

Other significant operators of the IFV are the Czech Republic (1,181), Iraq (1,485), Poland (1,406) and Syria (2,310). 

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