Russia has delivered a new set of 13 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) under contract to the Venezuelan armed forces, according to the Center for Analysis of the Global Arms Trade.
The center was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying that the Russian amphibious combat vehicles were delivered by sea to the port of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
Under a contract signed between Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport and the Venezuelan Ministry of Defense in 2009 for 123 BMP-3s, the first batch of vehicles was delivered in 2011.
The total number of vehicles received by Venezuela to date remains unknown.
Armed with a 100 mm gun, capable of firing nine M117 Bastion laser-guided anti-armour missiles, as well as regular HE-FRAG projectiles, the 19t BMP-3 armored personnel carrier can accommodate a crew of three and seven passengers .
“The 19t armored personnel carrier BMP-3 can accommodate a crew of three and seven passengers.”
Manufactured by Kurganmashzavod, the infantry fighting vehicle is intended for naval infantry units and border and coast guard forces, for combat actions in coastal areas and amphibious landing operations.
The vehicle is also equipped with 7.62mm machine guns and anti-tank missiles for direct combat purposes.
Venezuela has purchased various weapons and defense equipment from Russia, including 24 Su-30MK2V, Mi-17V5, Mi-Mi-26T2 and 35m2, and several Kalashnikov assault rifles between 2005-2007.
The country was also offered a $2.2 billion loan from Russia in 2009 for 92 T-72 tanks and several rocket launchers.
In 2010, Russia also granted a $4 billion credit to Venezuela for the purchase of weapons to help re-equip its army.
Image: The Russian military has been using the BMP-3 IFV since 1987. Photo: Image file.