During the Zapad-2021 exercise, a new B-19 combat vehicle was spotted in Russia. The design is a combat module “Epoch” on the chassis of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle. The vehicle received the main weapon of 57 mm caliber. This was reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
Several B-19s were spotted during the maneuvers. According to the scenario of the exercises, the armored group with new vehicles was brought to the front edge of the defense in connection with the withdrawal of the main forces of the mock enemy.
An open presentation of the Epoch unmanned combat module took place in 2019. The main weapon of the “Epoch” was an automatic cannon of 57 mm caliber. This made it possible to increase the firepower in comparison with samples equipped with a 30 mm caliber gun.
Anti-tank guided missiles “Kornet” are designed to combat enemy fortifications and heavy armored vehicles. Also, the combat module received a guided complex “Bulat” with small-sized missiles to destroy vehicles and lightly armored vehicles.
The fire control system of the Epoch combat module includes a complex of automated search, recognition and tracking of targets. This allows you to automatically prepare proposals for the destruction of targets.
At the Army-2021 forum in August, the BMP-3 with the Berezhok combat module was shown. The vehicle received a 30 mm automatic cannon, an AG-17 grenade launcher and Kornet anti-tank missile launchers.