ACE-72107 1/72 BMP-1 Soviet Infantry Combat Vehicle (In Action) model kit
Ace 1/72 BMP-1 Soviet Infantry Combat Vehicle (In Action) model kit. Pic.1
Ace 1/72 BMP-1 Soviet Infantry Combat Vehicle (In Action) model kit. Pic.2
|Combat weight||13.2 t|
|Unloaded weight||12.5 t|
Following extensive trials between various competing designs in the early 1960s, the Object 765 design from Isakov design bureau was accepted to meet the requirements of the Russian Army and was subsequently called the BMP-1.
The hull of the BMP-1 is made of all-welded steel which provides the crew with protection from small arms fire and shell splinters. The driver sits at the front of the hull on the left side and has a single piece hatch cover that opens to the right. The commander is seated behind the driver and has a cupola that can be traversed through a full 360. An infra-fed searchlight is mounted on the commander's cupola and controlled from inside the vehicle. The engine and transmission are to the right of the driver's and commander's positions with the steering system at the front of the hull. The one-man turret of the BMP-1 is identical to that installed on the BMD-1. The gunner has a single piece hatch cover that opens forwards, in front of which on the left side is a dual mode1PN22M1 monocular periscope sight. The gunner has four additional observation periscopes and a white light or infra-red searchlight is mounted on the right side of the turret.
Main armament of the BMP-1 is a 73 mm Model 2A28 smooth-bore, low pressure, short-recoil gun. This is fed from a 40-round magazine to the right rear of the gunner. After each round is fired the gun is returned to an elevation of +3 30' for reloading. The weapon fires a fixed fin-stabilized HEAT round with an initial velocity of 440 m/s which increases to 700 m/s once the projectile has left the barrel and a rocket motor cuts in. The projectile is the same as that used in the SPG-9 infantry weapon and has a maximum effective range of 1300 m. Mounted coaxially to the right of the main armament is a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun which 's fed from a continuous belt of 2000 rounds honeycombed in an ammunition box mounted below the weapon. There is a turret ventilator system for extracting fumes.
Mounted over the main armament is a launcher for a 'Sagger' wire-guided ATGW. One missile is carried in the ready to launch position with a further two missiles in the turret, these are loaded via a loading rail through a hatch in the forward part of the turret roof. A further two missiles are carried in the hull. The controls for the Sagger are normally kept under the gunner's seat and when required are released by pulling a handle. The troop compartment is at the rear with the eight infantrymen seated back-toback four down each side of the hull
The BMP-1 is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by its tracks.
The BMP-1 was first used in combat by Egypt and Syria during the 1973 conflict with Israel; subsequently it has seen combat with the Russian Army in Afghanistan and Chechnya, with the Iraqi Army in numerous Middle East conflicts, with Libyan forces in Chad and in Angola.