UKROBORONPROM State Enterprise “Zhytomyr Armored Plant” adapted German Deutz engine for use in infantry fighting vehicles. Modernized infantry vehicle received its official name BMP-1UMD.
The first public demonstration of BMP-1UMD took place at the exhibition “Arms and Security”, October 11 at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev.
Works on Russian UTD-20 replacement by Deutz TCD2013 L64V took only three months. This 4-stroke, 6-cylinder turbosupercharged engine with electronic control unit has 330 hp power, with the possibility of increasing power up to 390 hp, while UTD-20 engine has only 300 hp. In addition, the German engine has significantly more resources it quieter and more economical.
“Infantry fighting vehicle adaptation for German Deutz engines use is another step in UOP import substitution program fulfillment. Other Ukrainian armored vehicles such as BTR-4 – produced by SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine-Building Design Bureau” – are equipped with engines of this manufacturer,” – said the head of the SC” UkrOboronProm” Roman Romanov.
Works on improvement of firepower, fire control, ergonomic and functional characteristics of the vehicle were carried out when working on BMP-1UMD. Special attention Ukrainian specialists paid to camouflage in visible and IR band.