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Flood engulfs Kurgan with Russia's only IFV manufacturer that will be underwater: official map

11 April, 2024 Thursday
17:44

Kurganmashzavod is the only Russian manufacturer of IFV-3, BMD-4 and other armored vehicles in the flood zone even in a moderate scenario

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Defense Express media and consulting company writes about this.

Large-scale flooding continues in the regions of the Russian Federation bordering Kazakhstan, which was caused by emergency discharges from reservoirs. And one of the Russian cities of Kurgan is at risk of suffering the most due to the Tobol River overflow.

“Despite the fact that the "big water" has not yet reached it, evacuations have already been announced from areas that will definitely go underwater, and at higher levels, water will flood most of the city. This is evidenced by official maps from the city's local administration,” the report states.

The yellow and red shaded areas show the areas that will be submerged in any case, because it is about water levels of 7.7 meters and 9 meters. And the lines are forecasts depending on the water level from 11 meters to 14 meters, Defense Express explains.

Russia flood map

Photo: Defense Express

“In this situation, the territory of Kurganmashzavod is the most interesting, because it is the only manufacturer of new infantry and airborne combat vehicles in Russia. All IFV-3 and BMD-4 are produced there. It also modernizes IFV-2s with Berezhok combat modules, and produces APC Rakushka, Sprut and other armored vehicles.” the report notes.

And on the map with flooding forecasts, its neighborhood is within the 11-12 meter mark

At the same time, even the Russian Federation is not publicly stating what water level is expected in Kurgan, giving vague estimates of more than 11 meters, or a "corridor" of 9-14 meters.

The local authorities in Kurgan say that the city can avoid catastrophic consequences only if natural circumstances are favorable. The water level is expected to peak by April 14.

“Thus, there are well-reasoned expectations that nature will strike the Russian arms manufacturer harder than all the sanctions combined. After all, if Kurganmashzavod is flooded, it will suspend its operations,” Defense Express concluded.

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