"Problems are typical for Russia": the United States explained the temporary refusal of "Kurganets-25"

The Russians have temporarily abandoned the further development of their promising universal medium tracked platform Kurganets-25, writes the American magazine Forbes.

The publication notes that on the basis of the latest Kurganets-25 platform, it was planned to create an infantry fighting vehicle, a tracked armored personnel carrier, an anti-tank self-propelled gun with a 125-mm gun, control and reconnaissance vehicles, an ARV and a mortar system, as well as other samples of military equipment... In Russia, they wanted to carry out a large-scale update of their armored vehicles, completely getting rid of the inheritance left after the USSR, but the circumstances did not work in Moscow's favor.

The development faced a lot of accompanying technology problems and criticism over weight and size. After that, the start of mass production of BMP based on Kurganets-25 was postponed from 2017 to 2022.

The problems are typical for Russia. The developer could not provide the required performance characteristics and organize mass production in time. For the foreseeable future, the BMP-3 will remain the main infantry vehicle and platform for weapons.

- believe in Forbes.

The publication clarified that the temporary refusal of the Russians to create new types of equipment is also due to a number of reasons beyond Moscow's control. Long-term sanctions from the West, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fall in energy prices led to serious losses of money that the Russians really needed to conduct further development.

At the same time, Forbes drew attention to the fact that not only Russia faced similar problems. There are many projects in the West that remain unfulfilled for similar reasons. For example, the United States for the third time relaunched the project of a new BMP to replace the outdated Bradley. Moreover, over two decades more than $ 20 billion was spent on this process.
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  1. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 8 September 2020 11: 50
    The military is unlikely to accept it. The car is very tall. Our BMPs have always been distinguished by their low height. And Kurganets 25 overtook both Bradley and T-15. The dream of a grenade launcher.
    1. Magog Offline Magog
      Magog (Gog Magog) 8 September 2020 13: 15
      Is the platform height really so critical today? Compact and well-developed means of active and passive protection of armored vehicles make size requirements not decisive. And the grenade launcher does not matter which BMP to hit from a distance of several tens of meters: 2 m or 1.5 m high.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 8 September 2020 16: 15
    Those who have not served will not understand this. And who did not fight - even more so. Kurganets is an excellent technique. And that's bad news for me. Of course, for me, and 20 km (in my youth), which is not a distance for a "mad horse". But a good commander takes care of his soldiers. As Serdyukov was returned to the army, there was no money for advanced equipment.
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 9 September 2020 15: 39
      The time has come to change generations of weapons, strategy and tactics. Many classic models of weapons no longer correspond to the nearest future, including Kurganets and other "novelties" ... A man is removed from the battlefield and from direct contact with the enemy. Further, there are already swarms (detachments) of network-centrically controlled robotic weapons, and they will radically differ from the usual weapons: ABOUT tanks, artillery, etc. their pilots are sitting at home in California ...