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2T Stalker

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

2T Stalker

The 2T Stalker armored reconnaissance vehicle incorporates a number of stealth features

Country of origin Belarus
Entered service -
Crew 3 + 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 27.4 t
Length 7.77 m
Width 3.38 m
Height 2.5 m
Main gun 30 mm cannon
ATGW 2 x Ataka
Anti-aircraft missiles 2 x Igla
Machine guns 1 x 7.62 mm
Grenade launcher 1 x 30 mm
Engine diesel engine
Engine power 740 hp
Maximum road speed 95 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m


   The 2T Stalker is an armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle. It was developed as a private venture by Belarusian Minotor Service Enterprise with some Russian assistance. The first operational prototype was presented in 2000. This reconnaissance vehicle was designed to operate up to 300 km behind enemy lines. Initially there were speculations that Belarusian army could have requirement for a small batch of these armored vehicles. The 2T Stalker was also offered on the export market. However there were no orders for this reconnaissance vehicle. The 2T Stalker never reached production.

   The 2T Stalker was designed to operate independently or in small groups of 3-4 reconnaissance vehicles. The main mission of the Stalker is reconnaissance behind enemy lines. This vehicle can also take an active combat role by raiding enemy convoys, where the Stalker exploits its speed, mobility and firepower. This armored vehicle can be also used for combat rescue of downed pilots.

   Front armor of the Stalker withstands hits from 30 mm projectiles. All-round protection is against 14.5 mm rounds. Furthermore the 2T has a mine-protection comparable to that of the main battle tanks. It survives explosions equivalent to around 10 kg of TNT. However Belarusian designers suggest that this vehicle was mainly designed to exploit its speed and off-road mobility in order to avoid contact with the enemy.

   The 2T Stalker is armed with a fully-stabilized 30 mm cannon from a BMP-2 IFV. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and a 30 mm automatic grenade launcher. A unique feature of this armored reconnaissance vehicle is that it carries not only two Ataka (AT-9 Spiral-2) or Shturm (AT-6 Spiral) anti-tank guided missiles, but also two Igla (SA-18 Grouse) anti-aircraft missiles on retractable launchers. These missiles could be used to engage helicopters or UAVs. In traveling order these launchers are stored inside the turret. Some reload missiles are carried inside the hull. Vehicle is capable of carrying additional equipment, comprising land mines and special equipment pods.

   The sighting system is used to fire weapons, and also for target tracking and surveillance. Reconnaissance information is being automatically relayed to a higher command post.

   Combat survivability is enhanced by the incorporation of stealth characteristics. The 2T Stalker has a reduced radar, infra-red and optical signature, provided by a hull shape with no sharp edges and special coating materials. It also emits low level of noise for a tracked armored vehicle. There are laser detectors around the hull set to trigger smoke grenade launchers if an enemy laser-guided ATGW targets the Stalker.

   The 2T Stalker is operated by a crew of five, including commander, gunner, driver and two scouts.

   This armored reconnaissance vehicle is fitted with a modified engine, of a T-72 main battle tank. The engine is developing 740 horsepower. Vehicle uses a high-speed tracked chassis. Some of the chassis and automotive components are from a Russian 2S6 Tunguska air defense system. It is claimed that the Stalker can reach speeds of up to 95 km/h on hard surface roads. It is an impressive figure for a tracked armored vehicle. It is also fast and highly mobile when travelling off-road. The Stalker has a maximum unrefueled range of 1 000 km. A hydropneumatic suspension can be lowered in order to crouch behind terrain while moving at low speed. The 2T Stalker is capable of making 10 m ramp-jumps.

   Ammunition, water and rations carried by the vehicle provide continues operation behind enemy lines without logistic support.



2T Stalker

2T Stalker

2T Stalker

2T Stalker

2T Stalker


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