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Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype

Russia | 2018

"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."

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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.

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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.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Ural ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype.
1 x Renault diesel engine developing 600 horsepower.
Installed Power
62 mph
100 kph
Road Speed
466 miles
750 km
The physical qualities of the Ural ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype.
26.9 ft
8.2 meters
O/A Length
8.2 ft
2.5 meters
O/A Width
9.8 ft
3 meters
O/A Height
69,997 lb
31,750 kg | 35.0 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Ural ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Prototype.
1 x 57mm BM-57 autocannon in turret
200 x 57mm projectiles
Nightvision - YES
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES
Notable series variants as part of the Ural ATOM family line.
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
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Ural ATOM. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): Petrel / Uralvagonzavod - Russia; Renault Trucks - France
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Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
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