MOSCOW REGION, June 16. /TASS/. Serial production of armored personnel carriers (APCs) with the Kurganets-25 tracked modular platform can be launched in 2017, First Vice-President and co-owner of Machinery & Industrial Group N.V. (Trantornye Zavody) Albert Bakov told TASS on Tuesday.
"Works on APCs, armored vehicles and armored recovery vehicles are underway. The [Kurganets-25] platform will be ready for all vehicles at the same time," Bakov said on the sidelines of the Army-2015 forum.
The company’s vice-president said he does not see any obstacles for launching the aforementioned vehicles in serial production simultaneously. "Tests of undercarriage, engine are the same for all vehicles," he noted.
Bakov told TASS earlier that serial production of APCs with the Kurganets-25 platform may be launched already in 2017-2018.
Combat vehicles on Kurganets-25 tracked modular platform will not be exported in the nest 10-15 years, Bakov said.
The decision on exporting new military equipment abroad is made by high-ranking political officials, he noted. "But I doubt that the new vehicle will be exported right away," he noted.
The Kurganets-25 IFV and APC variants were first seen in public at the 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow.