WZM unveils modified BWP-1M reconnaissance car

by Christopher Petrov

WZM unveiled a modernised BWP-1M reconnaissance car at MSPO 2022. (Janes/Christopher Petrov)

A brand new modernisation of the BWP-1 armoured car is showcased on the Worldwide Defence Business Exhibition MSPO 2022 being held in Kielce on 6–9 September. The proposed modernisation, designated as BWP-1M, is meant to improve the reconnaissance capabilities of the BWP-1, in addition to enhance the crew’s situational consciousness and improve the interior quantity of the car. Wojskowe Zakłady Motoryzacyjne (WZM) proposes that the modernisation be carried out on all BWP-1 household tracked automobiles, that are based mostly on the Soviet BMP-1.

Essentially the most noticeable change has been the elevating of the roof of the car to allow elevated inside quantity that gives house for added tools and allows a extra spacious crew compartment in contrast with the cramped interiors of the BWP-1 and BMP-1. This has elevated the burden of the car to roughly 15 tonnes whereas utilizing the identical base engine and chassis parts. The car retains the identical amphibious capabilities of the BWP-1 due to sealed hole facet skirts, growing buoyancy in water.

Due to the brand new roof design, the car is not outfitted with the unique BMP-1 turret and 2A28 Grom 73 mm gun. WZM has as an alternative built-in the ZSMU-1276 remotely function weapons station (ROWS) from Zakłady Mechaniczne Tarnów. The ROWS is obtainable with a domestically constructed


12.7 mm machine gun however will be tailor-made to shopper necessities. The totally stabilised ROWS has a format of electro-optical sensors together with a daylight digital camera, a night-time thermal imager, and a laser rangefinder. Because of hull modifications, the car has not retained the rear exit doorways and has as an alternative opted for a ramp design, eradicating the pair of fuel-carrying doorways.

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