In the interview to Mil.Press Today, General (Ret.) Vladislav Polonsky, who led the Main Tank/Automotive Command in 2004-2007, scratched his head over this decision.
"I've heard nothing about that, but I’m shocked. BMP-1 is an old-type machine, it went out of production long ago. I’ve no idea why they want to use it as a basis for a medical vehicle. Perhaps, they demothballed these creepers to find any new job for them", suggested the retired general.Throughout the production period (1966-1988), the USSR made over 20,000 of such vehicles. According to
As was reported in August 2018, the military wanted the whole fleet of BMP-1 to be retrofitted.
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