ACE-72135 1/72 BMP-2 Soviet Fighter Infantry Vehicle late version model kitDevelopment: The original BMP-1 ICV suffered from a number of disadvantages including the position of the commander in front of the hull to the rear of the driver, the 73 mm gun was not effective and the ATGW over the 73 mm was difficult to control.
Description: The chassis of the BMP-2 is almost identical to that of the earlier BMP-1, but has increased armour protection. The driver sits at the front of the vehicle on the left side with a single piece hatch cover opening to the right On the BMP-1 the commander sits to the rear of the driver, but on the BMP-2 is moved to i the turret so this position is occupied by an infantryman.
The BMP-2 has a new two-man all- i welded steel turret with the commander seated on the right and the gunner on the left.
Main armament comprises a 30 mm cannon Model 2A42 with an elevation of +74°.The gunner can select single shots or one of two automatic rates of fire, low at 200 to 300 rds/min or high at 500 rds/min. 30 mm cannon has an effective range against ground targets of 1000 m . Its high elevation of +75° allows it to be used against aircraft and helicopters. A 7.62 mm PKT machine gun is mounted to the left of the main armament. Late production BMP-2s have a bank of six electrically operated 81 mm smoke grenade dischargers. Mounted on the turret roof is a 'Spandrel' AT-5 ATGW ( second-generation type with maximum range of 4000 m). BMP-2 carries six infantrymen, compared to eight in the BMP-1, who sit down either side of the vehicle back-to-back.
Improved BMP-2: From the late 1980s a number of improvements were carried out to production BMP-25, most of which can be backfitted to the earlier BMP-2S and some are also applicable to the older BMP-1.
These improvements include modifications to the stabilisation system of the 30 mm cannon, the BPK-1-42 gunner's sight has the warm-up switch moved to the control panel,improved internal communications, the tracks' rubber bushes have conductive elements installed to ensure that the electricity flows through the track pins and links and into the ground, the tracks also have new end connectors and the track now has a chevroned cleat assembly.