Russia’s KBP Instrument Design Bureau says it has started upgrading 360 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) for the Algerian Army in a follow-up order to more than 400 upgraded IFVs recently delivered to the North African country.

Military observers view the rapid modernization drive as part of a larger Algerian effort to improve its land forces as it faces increasing political instability and security threats in the region, making it Africa’s top weapon buyer and among the world’s top 10.

Russian new agency ITAR-TASS quoted Vladmir Popov, director of KBP subsidiary Shcheglovsky Val, saying major upgrades will include the installation of a Berezhok combat suite, which comprises four 9M133 Kornet-E anti-tank missiles, an AGS-30 30mm automatic grenade launcher system, a 30mm 2A42 main gun designed for the BMP-2 and a PKT 7.62mm coaxial machine gun. […]