As Russia and Ukraine approach the 22-month mark of conflict, both nations have undeniably witnessed the loss of a staggering number of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs).

Among the attempts to replenish these losses, a notable trend has emerged—a surge in the upgradation of BMP-1s, a familiar yet historically significant IFV in the global military landscape.

The Ubiquitous BMP-1: Past and Present

The BMP-1 (stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pyekhoty 1), a 15-ton, 11-person vehicle, has long been a staple in numerous armed forces worldwide.

Originating from Soviet industry in the mid-1960s, tens of thousands were produced, and today, thousands remain in storage across Russia and Ukraine.