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Crew: 3 + 7 soldiers.

Combat Weight: 12,800 kg.

Ground Pressure: 0.64 kg/cm2.

Engine: 6-cylinder in-line water cooled diesel developing 300 bhp.

Fuel Capacity: 462 litres.

Maximum Speed: 65 km/h on land and 7 km/h on water.

Maximum Range: 550 - 600 km.

Transmission: Manual, 5 forward and 1 reverse.

Suspension: Torsion bar, hydraulic shock absorbers on 1st, 2nd and 6th road wheels.

Clutch: Multiplate dry constant engagement.

Electrical System: 22-29V.

Gradient: 60%.

Slide Slope: 30%.

Vertical Obstacle: 0.7 metres.

Trench Crossing: 2.5 metres.

Armament: 1 x 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon with 1000 rounds.
...............1 x 7.62mm PKT machine gun with 2000 rounds. (Co-Axial)
...............1 launcher rail for the AT-5 Spandrel or AT-4 Spigot ATGW.

Gun Elevation/Depression: +75º/-5º.

Smoke Launching Equipment: Six 81mm smoke grenade discharges, with diesel fuel injected into the exhaust.

Indigenous variants produced: Mortar Carrier
.........................................Field Ambulance
.........................................Akash SAM carrier
.........................................Engineer Recovery Vehicle
.........................................Armoured Amphibious Dozer
.........................................Trishul (SAM) Combat Vehicle
.........................................NAMICA (NAg MIssile CArrier)
.........................................105mm Self Propelled Gun carrier
.........................................Armoured Vehicle Tracked Light Repair
*The above vehicles are in various stages of development and not all are used in the Army.

Comments: Known as the Sarath (Chariot of Victory) in the Army. Production continues at 100 per year and 900+ are in active service. BMP stands for Bronevaya Maschina Piekhota. On 20 February 2002, the Simulator Development Division (SDD), Secunderabad launched the first indigenously-developed Aiming Training Simulator for the personnel who man the BMP-II ICV. The simulator is designed & developed to impart comprehensive training in the areas of acquisition and engagement of all kinds of targets including aerial ones to improve their responses and aiming skills. The simulator is expected to usher in an era of safe, realistic and cost effective training. SDD is a premier Category 'A' establishment of the Indian Army, for in-house development of training simulators. SDD has a number of other simulators to its credit which are already in service. The small yet significant organisation continues to grow and excel in the field of simulation and modelling towards evolution of world class training simulators for the Indian Army.

 

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