Russia’s Special Design Bureau for Machine Building (SKBM) and Ministry of Defense are testing a new armored recovery vehicle (ARV).
The ARV is built on the platform of Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), and carries repair equipment such as replacement engines, transmission systems, clutches and other necessary components. The ARV is able to withstand heavy gunfire thanks to its armor.
According to the head designer at SKBM, the vehicle is currently undergoing testing and is expected to be deployed together with the Kurganets-25 IFV. The designer added that the new vehicle is safer than its predecessors such as the BREM-1, and boasts an improved system of evacuation for soldiers under fire.
The ARV is expected to be deployed to support infantry and marine battalions equipped with the new Kurganets-25 IFV and the Bumerang armored combat vehicle, as well as the older BTR-80, BTR-82B, BMP-2 and BMP-3.