Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers captured a unique BMP-2 with a new and extremely rare set of additional protection 675-sb3KDZ.
Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported the capture of the Russian heavily upgraded BMP-2. But despite the fact that this is supposedly just another captured infantry fighting vehicle of hundreds, in fact, this trophy is of considerable value.
The fact is that this BMP-2 has a new set of additional protection 675-sb3KDZ.
As of 2021, it is known that the Russian army has purchased a small number of such kits, amounting to about 100 units. And the first installation of regular additional protection on combat vehicles became known only on June 2 from a report by Russian media from the frontline repair base.
In general, the 675-sb3KDZ is a set consisting of polymer panels that should protect the machine from the fire of large-caliber machine guns, as well as a set of anti-accumulation grilles. It is noted that the polymer panels have “positive buoyancy”, ie the amphibious capabilities of the machine remain at the same level.
Note that the defeat of the BMP-2 from large-caliber machine guns can significantly save anti-tank systems. At the same time, polymer panels can have not only anti-bullet properties, but also anti-cumulative, playing the role of NERA elements. Together with the grilles, this will be able to reduce the effectiveness of anti-tank grenade launchers to some extent.
That is why the capture and detailed study of the 675-sb3KDZ kit will allow the Armed Forces of Ukraine to investigate the real effectiveness of such a kit. And if necessary – to develop recommendations for the Armed Forces to destroy the BMP with 675-sb3KDZ.
Secondly, if it is expedient, to investigate panels in detail for the purpose of development of similar protection sets.
It should be noted that the Russian military-industrial complex was proposed to install such kits not only on the BMP-2, but also on the BMP-3. Moreover, due to significant losses in armored vehicles, the Russian army can logically try to expand the order for such kits in order to install them to the maximum amount of equipment remaining in service.
That is why the study of 675-sb3KDZ at the very first stage of the appearance of such kits allows you to prepare in advance for such a scenario.
It should be noted that the Russian military-industrial complex has proposed to install such kits not only on the BMP-2 but also on the more advanced BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle.
Moreover, given the significant losses of armored vehicles on the Ukrainian battlefield, the Russian Army may try to expand the order of these kits and install them in maximum numbers on the remaining vehicles in the country.