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General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
70 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
7 / 0 / 16Hull
23 / 19 / 13Turret
13.0 tWeight
572 hp300 hpEngine power
44 hp/t23 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
72 km/h forward
12 km/h back
65 km/h forward
11 km/h back
9M14 ATGMRocket
4 roundsAmmunition
120 m/sFlight speed
4 000 mRange
keyboardmouseMethod of aiming
up to 5 km/hFire on the move
73 mm 2A28 cannonMain weapon
40 roundsAmmunition
6.0 sReload
-4° / 30°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm PKT machine gunCoaxial weapon
2 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
1 000 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
160 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
390 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 630 / 2 870/3 100 / 5 459/2 010 / 3 539Repair
110 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
390 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 300 Ge icon.pngAces
202 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the German light tank SPz BMP-1. For the Russian version, see BMP-1. For other uses, see BMP (Disambiguation).


GarageImage SPz BMP-1.jpg

The SPz BMP-1 is a rank V German light tank with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack".

General info

Survivability and armour

The Spz BMP-1 has very little to speak of in the armour department. Minimal frontal and nearly non-existent side armour results in the vehicle being vulnerable to almost any incoming fire. As such, the vehicle's survivability stems entirely from its mobility and reasonably small profile. Where possible, utilise hills or other cover, only exposing as much of the vehicle as is necessary to engage an unaware target.

Despite the lack of armour, however, the SPz BMP-1 will, on occasion, survive hits unexpectedly - the internals of the vehicle are largely non-critical and many rounds will over-penetrate.

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 7-12 mm (80°) Front glacis
19 mm (56°) Lower glacis
16 mm (3-18°) Top
18 + 4 mm Bottom
16 mm (12°) Top
12 mm (48°) Bottom
12 mm (8-51°) Doors
6 mm
5 mm Engine exhausts
Turret 23 mm (0-53°) Turret front
33 + 26 mm Gun mantlet
13-23 mm (24-37°) 13 mm (23-26°) 6 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 7 mm 7 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 10 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6 mm thick.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 72 12 13 465 572 35.77 44
Realistic 65 11 265 300 20.38 23.08


Main armament

Main article: 2A28 (73 mm)

When stock, all available ammunition for the weapon are unlocked - HEAT and HE.

Between the two, HE should be avoided as it only has 11 mm of pen and 290 m/sec muzzle velocity. While the HEAT round has only 670 m/sec velocity,with some training it can be shot at targets over 1 km reliably.

The HEAT round has 300 mm penetration and very good damage output, oneshots can be achieved quite often when shooting center mass, although larger tanks might give you some headache as they sometimes survive multiple shots.

Additional armament

Main articles: 9M14, 9M113 Konkurs

While stock, the BMP is equipped with 9M14 missiles that penetrate 400 mm of armour. However, the "BMP-1P" modification, when unlocked, will give the vehicle access to four more lethal 9M113 Konkurs missiles.

The 9M113 has 600 mm of penetration and do very good damage while having good speed. Only their manouverability is a bit lacking, but you can quickly make a follow up shot with your cannon or use smoke if you want to retreat.

Machine guns

Main article: PKT (7.62 mm)

The SPz BMP-1 is only equipped with one PKT machinegun with an ammo reserve of 1,000 rounds.

It's not useful and cannot aim at air targets due to the coaxial mount. As such, it should only be used on vehicles with soft armour like trucks or at exposed crew members, or just annoy enemies with it.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Very mobile, can quickly adapt to new situations
  • Quick reload on grenade launcher (6 sec autloader, 5 sec max manual with P upgrade)
  • Low module RP cost
  • BMP-1P upgrade adds smoke launchers, which don't have to be researched separately
  • BMP-1P upgrade also makes ATGM more powerful, mouse-guided and it will not launch upwards since its now mounted on top of the turret
  • Scouting ability
  • ESS allows you to smoke up big areas and provide cover for teammates as well as covering your retreat
  • Small turret, hard to hit when hull down
  • Upper hull can sometimes bounce shells due to steep angle


  • Easily hullbroken
  • Big target from the side
  • Bad gun depression of -5 degree for the main gun
  • Only 3 crew members, bad survivability


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See also

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Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2
Czech  Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1
Post-war  Begleitpanzer 57 · Ru 251 · leKPz M41 · SPz BMP-1 · Radkampfwagen 90 · TAM · TAM 2C