MANUFACTURER(S): Petrel / Uralvagonzavod - Russia; Renault Trucks - France
OPERATORS: Russia (possible)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Ural ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype.
Entry last updated on 6/22/2017.
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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.