The Slovak Army has upgraded a number of BMP-1-based BPsV Svatava armored reconnaissance vehicles to the BPsVI (Bojove Prieskumne Vozidlo ISTAR) level.
Army Recognition reports the ground forces of the Slovak Armed Forces have taken delivery of 18 BPsVI vehicles as of mid-2017. The BPsVI is based on the Soviet-made BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) that was produced by Czechoslovak defense enterprises under license provided by the Soviet Union. The BPsVI is optimized for the tracked ISTAR role, according to the report.
The vehicle's turret has been replaced by the Turra 30 remote controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon, a PKT 7.62mm coaxial medium machinegun and a twin launcher of Konkurs (AT-5 Spandrel) ATGMs. The turret has received the SDIO (System Detekcie a Indikacie Oziarenia) laser warning system, which is fitted with a sensor produced by Elbit Systems. The BPsVI's sensor suite also includes a surveillance radar, a weather meter, a Micro Falcon unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a mine detection system and a ground sensor system. The vehicle's communication suite is provided by the US-based Harris Corporation.