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Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype

Debuting in 2013, the Ural ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle exists in prototype form and is built atop the chassis of the French 8x8 wheeled VCBI vehicle.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/22/2017
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Year: 2018
Manufacturer(s): Petrel / Uralvagonzavod - Russia; Renault Trucks - France
Production: 1
Capabilities: Amphibious; Infantry Support; Reconnaissance (RECCE); Troop-Carrying;
Crew: 3
Length: 26.90 ft (8.2 m)
Width: 8.20 ft (2.5 m)
Height: 9.84 ft (3 m)
Weight: 35 tons (31,750 kg); 69,997 lb
Power: 1 x Renault diesel engine developing 600 horsepower.
Speed: 62 mph (100 kph)
Range: 466 miles (750 km)
Operators: Russia (possible)
The Ural ATOM is an Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) project being undertaken by Petrel of Uralvagonzavod of Russia. It was a joint design endeavor of France-based Renault Trucks and JSC Petrel of Russia to produce a heavy-class modular infantry support platform. Currently (2016) it exists in prototype with the vehicle debuting in 2013. The chassis of the ATOM is based on a modified version of the French-made VBCI wheeled vehicle in service with the French Army.

As completed, the ATOM showcases a weight of 32 tons with a length of 8.2 meters, width of 2.5 meters and a height of 3 meters. Power is served from a Renault diesel engine outputting 600 horsepower to an 8x8 wheeled arrangement. The powerpack sits at front-right. This gives the product a road speed of 100 kmh with an operational range out to 750 kilometers. The suspension system is independent and provides for strong cross-country capabilities expected of modern armored fighting vehicles of this type. Internally there is a standard crew of three operatives with seating for up to eight combat-ready troops. The driver sits at front-left with the commander's station immediately aft. Doors at the rear, as well as hull roof hatches, provide the needed entry / exit for personnel. Armor protection can reach up to STANAG Level 5 - the vehicle hull supports slat armor fittings as well as Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) blocks for survival in heavily-contested areas.

Primary - and only - armament is a turreted 57mm BM-57 series automatic cannon (the gun is a version of the original Soviet-era S-60 system). The turret sits over the rear section of the vehicle and provides a full 360-degree traversal over the hull roof. One-hundred projectiles of ready-to-fire ammunition are set within the turret itself with another 100 rounds or so located in the hull. Both Armor-Piercing and High-Explosive projectile types will be carried.

Optional systems include NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) protection and an Active Protection System (APS) to handle incoming Anti-Tank threats such as armor-defeating missiles. It is assumed the vehicle is amphibious and will feature run-flat tires - standards seen in many modern AFVs.

As a modular-minded AFV, the ATOM will support various ready-fit modules to quickly change the battlefield role of the vehicle. Beyond the basic combat IFV form is the turret-less Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), battlefield ambulance, engineering vehicle and anti-riot vehicle. Additionally there are plans for a heavy mortar carrier (120mm) and Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) carrier.

It is more than likely that the ATOM will attract foreign purchasers than the Russian Army proper - for the Russian Army is already set with a bevy of armored vehicle types at its disposal.


1 x 57mm BM-57 autocannon in turret

200 x 57mm projectiles

Variants / Models

• ATOM - Base Series Name
• ATOM IFV - Infantry Fighting Vehicle / Combat Vehicle
• ATOM APC - Troop transport sans turret
• ATOM MORT - 120mm mortar carrier sans turret
• ATOM ATGM - Anti-Tank-Guided Missile carrier
• ATOM AMB - Battlefield ambulance sans turret
• ATOM ENG - Engineering vehicle sans turret
• ATOM POL - Anti-Riot / Security Vehicle sans turret
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