Indonesian Marine Corps receives additional BMP-3F fighting vehicles from Russia

29 January 2014 (Last Updated January 29th, 2014 18:30)

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received 37 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport, as part of $114 m contract signed in May 2013.

The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received 37 BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) from Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport, as part of $114 m contract signed in May 2013.

The vehicles will add to the existing 17 BMP-3Fs, which are operated by the Indonesian Marine Corps, RIA Novosti reports.

Currently, a total of 55 BMP-3Fs, including one BREM-L recovery vehicle, are in service with the Indonesian Marine Corps while the amphibious IFVs will be deployed to the 1st Marines in Surabaya and to the 2nd Marines in Jakarta.

Manufactured by Kurganmashzavod, the BMP-3F is an infantry combat vehicle, intended for naval infantry units and border and coast guard forces, for combat actions in coastal zones and amphibious landing operations.

The combat vehicle is armed with a 100mm gun, which is capable of firing 9M117 Bastion laser-guided, anti-armour missiles, as well as ordinary HE-FRAG projectiles.

"The vehicles fit into the development of our defence forces to turn the Indonesian Navy into a world class navy."

The vehicle is also equipped with 7.62mm machine guns and anti-tank missiles for direct combat purposes.

Indonesian defence minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said: "The vehicles fit into the development of our defence forces to turn the Indonesian Navy into a world class navy."

Meanwhile, the BMP-3F training centre, which was launched in June 2013 in Russia, has accepted troops from Indonesia while the contract involves training of mechanics, weapons specialists and electricians for the Indonesia.

The BMP-3Fs vehicles are also in service with Russia, Cyprus, Greece, Kuwait, South Korea, Ukraine and the UAE.

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