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ACE-72111 1/72 BMP-1KSh Soviet Command Vehicle model kit

Ace ACE-72111 1/72 BMP-1KSh Soviet Command Vehicle model kit
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ACE-72111 1/72 BMP-1KSh Soviet Command Vehicle model kit

Ace 1/72 BMP-1KSh Soviet Command Vehicle model kit. Pic.1
Ace 1/72 BMP-1KSh Soviet Command Vehicle model kit. Pic.1

The BMP-1 command vehicle, called the BMP-1 KSh (or another known name is KShM) regimental and divisional level Command and Staff Vehicle by the former Soviet Army, has the same set of communications equipment as the BMD KShM (BMD M1979/3) and like the latter, saw operational use in Afghanistan and Chechnya. This model designed on BMP-1 chassis and first appeared in 1972. Small turret is similar to that on BMP-1, but main gun replaced with telescopic radio aerial. KShM is also equiped with generators for the many radios onboard.
Development
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.
Description
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-red 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 BMP-1 is fully amphibious being propelled in the water by its tracks.