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BMP-23
BMP-23 CM.jpg
BMP-23 in Iraq
Type Infantry fighting vehicle
Place of origin  Bulgaria
Specifications
Weight 15.2 tonnes
Length 7.28 m
Width 3.05 m
Height 2.53 m
Crew 3 (+7 passengers)

Armor  ? mm
Primary
armament
23 mm automatic cannon
9M14M ATGM "Malyutka"
Secondary
armament
7.62 mm machine gun (PKT)
Engine diesel YMZ-238
315 hp
Power/weight 20.7 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
Operational
range
550 - 600 km
Speed 61.5 km/h (road)

The BMP-23 is a Bulgarian infantry fighting vehicle which was first introduced in the early 1980s. Despite its name, the BMP-23 is very different from the BMP-1 and more similar to BMP-2. The hull is based around that of the Soviet 2S1 Gvozdika, but with thicker armour and a more powerful diesel engine. Since the Gvozdika is a larger vehicle, the troop transport compartment isn't as cramped as that of the BMP-1. The armour is cast steel, capable of withstanding heavy machine gun fire. The turret is armed with a 23-mm autocannon, and two AT-4 Spigot or AT-5 Spandrel launchers (4 in later variants). Several variants exist, including the BMP-30, with a 30mm cannon. The BMP-23 was first seen on a parade in 1984. It serves with the Bulgarian army in Iraq along with the M1117 Armoured Security Vehicle.

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