The Polish BWP-2000 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Polish BWP-2000 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

The Polish BWP-2000 Infantry Fighting Vehicle  (BWP stands for Bojowy Wóz Piechoty – Infantry Fighting Vehicle) is a prototype Polish IFV developed from early 1990s to 1999 but eventually cancelled.

Poland is gradually replacing the former Soviet designs with Western-type systems. Two prototypes were made and in 1997 one of them was fitted with a fully developed and tested Italian Oto Melara T60/70A turret. This turret was developed as a private venture by Oto Melara and as of mid-2005 it has remained in prototype stage.

By mid-2005, there were no plans for the Polish BWP-2000 IFV to enter production for the Polish Army as the upgrade of existing BMP-1’s to the Puma and Finnish 8×8’s known in Poland as the Wolverine. Poland has now started up the Anders IFV development program.

Spec’s

Designed Early 1990s – 1999
Number built 2
Weight 30 tonnes
Crew 3 (+8 passengers)
Main armament 60 mm autocannon
Secondary armament 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun / 12.7 mm anti-aircraft heavy machine gun
Engine 780hp V-46-6 12-cylinder diesel
Power/weight 26 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
Operational range 500 km
Top Road Speed 70 km/h

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