The BMD-2M air-deployable infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has entered state trials with the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV), the TASS news agency reported on 31 July, citing Russian defence industry sources.
Russia’s Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) is in the process of upgrading a large number of BMD-2s to the BMD-2M standard under a contract awarded in 2017, which also includes BMP-2s, for a total of 540 vehicles. “During their upgrade, they are being equipped with the Bereg combat module [that is] unofficially dubbed ‘mini-Berezhok’. Now the BMD-2M’s new combat compartment is undergoing state trials,” TASS reported.
The news agency said the upgraded vehicles are expected to enter service in 2021, which is consistent with the original announcement of the contract in December 2018.