In 1939, the government of the USSR decided to establish a state-owned heavy-duty crane factory in Kurgan. The construction of the enterprise, which was interrupted during World War II, was continued in 1947.


In 1950, Kurgan heavy-duty crane plant began to produce its first products.

Since 1954, the enterprise was renamed into “Kurgan Machine-Building Plant”.

Since 1955, the plant switches over to serial production of the ATS tracked tractors.


Since 1962, the manufacture of new equipment was started with the ATS-59 artillery tractor.

Since 1967, the serial production of a fundamentally new product began — the BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle.


The enterprise produced several thousand BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and delivered them to the Soviet Army and to the friendly foreign armies.


From 1980, the plant produced the BMP-2 model of the infantry fighting vehicle.

The BMP-2 license production was established in Slovakia and India.

In 1978, a BMP-3 IFV prototype was made. As a result of further improvements, the armament system of the new fighting vehicle underwent significant changes, and in 1986, the BMP-3 IFV successfully passed the state tests.

Since 1987, the plant began the serial production of the BMP-3 IFVs without drop in production of the BMP-2 IFVs.


In 1992, by the decision of the government of the Russian Federation, the shares of the Production Association “Kurganmashzavod” were sold and it was converted to Open Joint-Stock Company “Kurgan Machine-Building Plant” (Kurganmashzavod OJSC).

The reduction in purchases by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation due to the crisis in the Russian economy was compensated by export contracts. The export of the BMP-3 IFVs began to the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, South Korea, and the Republic of Cyprus.


Kurganmashzavod OJSC continues to hold the position of one of the leaders of the Russian defense industry. The high efficiency and quality of the fighting vehicles produced by the company is confirmed by numerous export deliveries of the military equipment. The plant sells its products through JSC Rosoboronexport which is a state intermediary agency for export of the defense-related products.

In 2008, the prototypes of modernized BMD-4 and BTR-MD airborne assault vehicles were produced.

In 2010, the development of advanced vehicles based on a middle-size unified tracked platform for the Russian Ground Forces began.

In 2015, Kurganmashzavod exhibited a prototype of the BT-3F armored personnel carrier for the Marine Corps for the first time at the International Military-Technical Forum "Army".

In 2016, the BMD-4M airborne assault vehicle and the BTR-MDM airborne armored personnel carrier were adopted by the Russian Army after successful completion of state tests. The delivery of the airborne assault vehicles to the Airborne Forces began as part of the state defense order.

Since February 2019, Kurganmashzavod OJSC is part of JSC “NPO "High-Precision Weapons” Holding of Rostec State Corporation.

Since 2019, the organizational and legal form of the enterprise has been changed from OJSC to PJSC "Kurganmashzavod".

During the production of infantry fighting vehicles, the company has accumulated a rich experience of cooperation with both Russian and overseas customers.

The company provides maintenance support and modernization of armored vehicles, supplies spare parts for them, and conducts training of the customer's specialists in operation and maintenance of military equipment.

Kurganmashzavod PJSC takes an active part in international arms exhibitions. The company's products have been repeatedly honored with the highest rating by experts. Kurganmashzavod was awarded international prizes for high quality in France, Spain, and the USA. Every year the company exhibits its products at the International Military-Technical Forum "Army".