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THE KURGANETS-25 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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Epoch Turret is developed by the KBP Design Bureau in Tula, Russia.
The turret is remotely operated from inside the vehicle and armed with a 2A42 gas operated, dual-feed 30mm autocannon and a coaxial 7.62mm PKT Machine Gun.
The 2A42 cannon has a maximum rate of fire of 800 and a muzzle velocity of 960 m/s.
The turret also has two Kornet-EM ATGM missiles on each side.
The turret has got two identical looking stabilized sights for the gunner and commander. A computerized fire control system is fitted with thermal imagers, day cameras and laser range finders for increased first round hit probability. All around the turret, laser warning receivers and smoke grenade launchers are located. (Source Warfare Technology)

Boomerang-BM Turret 

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(Source:Defense Update)

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The BMP Series and MT-LB have served the Former Soviet and Russian Armies for over 50 years as the principal tracked Infantry Fighting Vehicle and Armoured Personnel Carrier respectively.

The use of multiple designs in these vehicles generates problem with operating costs, maintenance, training, upgradeability and operational capabilities.

The Kurganets-25 has been developed to eliminate all these issues.

Using a universal chassis and hull, both an Infantry Fighting Vehicle and Armoured Personnel Carrier version have been developed and have distinct early recognition markers as seen during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade.

The turret confirm that  the IFV version is using an unmanned turret developed by Russian Company KBP Instrument Design Bureau called the Boomerang-BM.

Main Gun is a 30mm 2A42 auto-cannon with 500 round storage of varying ammunition. Coaxial is a PKT 7.62mm Machine Gun with 2,000 rounds ammunition.

30mm 2A42 auto-cannon

The 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, also known as the Shipunov 2A42, is a Soviet/Russian 30 mm automatic cannon. The 30 mm 2A42 cannon has a dual feed. One is for HE-T and the other for AP-T rounds. The gunner can select one of two rates of full automatic fire, low at 200 to 300 rds/min and high at 550 rds/min. According to the manufacturer, effective range when engaging ground targets such as light armoured vehicles is 1,500 m while soft-skinned targets can be engaged out to 2,500 m. Air targets can be engaged flying at low altitudes of up to 2,000 m at subsonic speeds and up to a slant range of 2,500 m. 

Specifications

  • Length: 3,027 mm
  • Weight: 115 kg
  • Rate of fire (sustained): 300 r/min
  • Rate of fire (max): 600 r/min
  • Armor penetration (60° sloping at 1,000 m): 18mm – 25 mm
  • Muzzle velocity : 880 m/s (AP-T) – 1,120 m/s (APDS)
  • Effective range
    • Light armor: 1,500 m
    • Air targets: 3,000 m
    • Ground: 2,500 m
  • Type: Twin feed, gas operated mechanism
  • Calibre: 30 x 165 mm
  • Ammunition: APDS, AP-T, HE, HEI, HE-T, HETP-T, TP

Source @imfdb.org

Coaxial is a PKT 7.62mm Machine Gun

Length of gun:: 1100 mm
Theoretical rate of fire: 700-800 rounds/min
Combat rate of fire: 250 rounds/min
Maximum range: 3800 m
Muzzle velocity: 830 m/s
Effective range of ground targets: 1000 m
Number of cartridges in the belt: 1000 pcs
Weight of gun: 10.5 kg
Mainly weight: 3.2 kg

Technical data @excaliburarmy.com

Kornet (Russian: “Корнет”; English: Cornet) ATM missile

Kornet missile

Kornet anti-tank missile

The launcher fires Kornet missiles with tandem shaped charge HEAT warheads to defeat tanks fitted with ERA or with high explosive / incendiary (thermobaric effect) warheads, for use against bunkers, fortifications and fire emplacements.

Armour penetration for the HEAT warhead is stated to be 1,200mm. Range is 5km.

The missile has semi-automatic command-to-line-of-sight (SACLOS) laser beamriding guidance, flying along the line of sight to engage the target head on in a direct attack profile.

Source @thaimilitaryandasianregion.wordpress.com

Anti-Tank capability is a launcher with x2 firing tubes mounted on both the right and left hand side of the turret. These will fire The Kornet (Russian: “Корнет”; English: Cornet) ATM missiles.

The gunner sighting equipment includes day and night channels. His sight is located to the right of the main gun. The commanders sight has the same capabilities and located on the tip of the turret on the left, giving the vehicle a hunter killer capability.

The Boomerang-BM has other equipment, which maybe optical jamming and other active protection systems.

Source: Tank Nut Dave

Updated Oct 24, 2016

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