Kurganmshzavod – a High-Precision Weapons holding company – has shown the BMP-3 Manul IFV at the Army-2020 International Military-Technical Forum. Revealed here for the first time, it is the latest iteration of one of the world’s most sought after IFVs.
According to Sergei Abdulov, CEO of Kurgan-based Special Machine-building Design Bureau (SKBM):
“A new vehicle was created as part of the Bureau’s initiative development work.
“In my opinion Manul is a transitional stage between BMP-3 and armored vehicles of the future.”
The Manul demonstrates the possibility of developing an infantry fighting vehicle with a front-located engine compartment (with UTD-32 engine of increased power up to 660 hp) and an unmanned combat module. Moving the engine to the front of the vehicle significantly increased its protection against frontal attack.
The Manul is fitted with the TKB-945 unmanned combat module which is already installed on the medium tracked and wheeled platforms Kurganets-25 and Boomerang, as well as on the heavy Main Battle Tank, the T-15 Armata. The turret is armed with 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun, and the Kornet anti-tank system capable of destroying all existing tanks. According to the developers, the degree of commonality of Manul with existing BMP-3s is in the order of 50%.
Given the front location of the engine the troopers are located at the rear and exit through a folding ramp. The troop compartment can now accommodate eight fully armed troopers.
The declared characteristics: maximum speed on the highway -70 km/h, on a dirt road – 55 km/h and 9.5 km/h afloat.
The big advantage is that the designers have equipped the chassis with an information and control system, which not only informs the driver about problems that arise during operation, but also gives recommendations on how to eliminate them.
Experts familiar with SKBM explained to media representatives that the new IFV is mainly focused on deliveries to export customers.