Ukraine is getting to know the latest version of the Russian BMP-1 – Technology Org

Kherson continues to surprise the armed forces of Ukraine with valuable trophies. The Russian attackers flee, leaving a lot of equipment behind. Now a rare modification of the Russian assault infantry fighting vehicle BMP-1 was discovered and will be transferred to be used in the defense of Ukraine.

BMP-1AM Basurmanin is the latest version of the BMP-1, approved in 2018.

BMP-1AM Basurmanin is the latest version of the BMP-1, approved in 2018. Image credit: Boevaya mashina via Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)

A BMP-1AM Basurmanin was intercepted on the battlefield in the Kherson region. Kherson city has been liberated, which was a great victory for Ukraine. Kherson was occupied in March and was the only regional center that Russia managed to capture since the beginning of the 2022 invasion on February 24th.

Russian Federation made the decision to retreat from Kherson due to severe logistical problems, created because Ukraine was destroying roads by the Dnipro river. As Russian troops have retreated to the left bank of Dnipro, they couldn’t take all the heavy equipment, which is how this rare BMP-1AM Basurmanin was left behind.

Military expert Alexander Kovalenko shared the photo of the captured BMP-1AM Basurmanin on his Telegram:

The BMP-1AM Basurmanin is 2018’s modification of the amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle BMP-1. The original model has been in service since 1966, although it has been modernized and modified many times. Ukrainians know how to operate this vehicle. During the latest modernization, it got a new turret from the BTR-82A and a 300 hp UTD-20S1 engine.

The ready-to-use machine weighs more than 14 tonnes. The BMP-1AM Basurmanin is armed with a 30mm autocannon, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun and a smoke-charge cannon. Of course, since it is the latest modification of the BMP-1, the BMP-1AM Basurmanin has the latest night vision system, modern communication equipment and other technology. Russia has plans to upgrade all of their BMP-1s to the standard of Basurmanin.

According to the open-source intelligence group Oryx, Russia has already lost 207 BMP-1 vehicles since the start of this war. This is only data gathered from photos and other publicly shared visual information – the real number is certainly much higher. Russia has also already lost at least 18 BMP-1AM Basurmanin vehicles, which are new, modern and, of course, expensive.

Of course, this is not a huge loss to the Russian Army in the great scheme of things. However, every bit helps. It is believed that against its will Russia is the main supplier of military equipment to Ukraine. And as the armed forces of Ukraine are advancing forward, more and more equipment can be captured.

Interestingly, in the Kherson region Russia appears to have abandoned at least two military helicopters. This denies the official Russian version of the events that the retreat was well-planned and well-executed.

Sources: Dialog.ua , Wikipedia.


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