Russia’s KBP Instrument Design Bureau has started to fulfil the second part of a contract to upgrade Algerian BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), according to Vladimir Popov, the director general of the KBP subsidiary Shcheglovsky Val.
“Previously, more than 400 upgraded BMP-1s were delivered to Algeria,” Popov told the TASS news agency. “KBP has started to carry out the second part of the contract, which is of the same size, about 360 combat vehicles.” The contract is expected to be completed in the next two or three years.
Popov said the BMP-1s are being upgraded with the Berezhok combat module, which is armed with four 9M133 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missiles and an AGS-30 30 mm automatic grenade launcher in addition to the 30 mm 2A42 main gun used on the BMP-2 IFV and the standard PKT 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun. The Berezhok upgrade also includes a new fire-control system and optics.
The modernisation of the BMP-1s is being carried out at an Algerian armour repair plant with the assistance of Russian technicians.