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2T Stalker

Armored reconnaissance vehicle

2T Stalker

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



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
Armament
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
Mobility
Engine diesel engine
Engine power 740 hp
Maximum road speed 95 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.9 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The 2T Stalker armored reconnaissance vehicle 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 is intended to operate up to 300 km behind enemy lines. Belarusian army is understood to have an initial requirement for a small batch of 2T Stalkers, however it is not yet in service. This vehicle is also being offered on the export market, but there have not been any orders yet.

   These reconnaissance vehicles were designed to operate independently or in small groups of 3-4 units. The main mission of the Stalker is gathering reconnaissance data, raids on enemy convoys and combat rescue of downed pilots.

   The front armor can withstand 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. However Belarusian designers consider that it's primary protection provisions are high speed and maneuverability.

   The 2T Stalker is armed with a stabilized 30-mm cannon from the BMP-2 IFV and a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. There is also a 30-mm automatic grenade launcher. A unique feature of this armored reconnaissance vehicle is that it carries not only two Ataka (AT-6 Spiral) anti-tank missiles, but also two Igla (SA-18 Grouse) anti-aircraft missiles on retractable launchers. 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 can hold a crew of five; commander, gunner, driver and two scouts.

   This armored reconnaissance vehicle is fitted with a modified engine, of the T-72 main battle tank, developing 740 horsepower. It has good cross-country mobility, as well as high road and off-road speed. Vehicle has a maximum range of 1 000 km, furthermore ammunition, water and rations carried by the vehicle provide continues operation without logistic support.

   Vehicle uses a high-speed tracked chassis. Some of the chassis and automotive components are those used in the Russian 2S6 Tunguska air defense system. A hydropneumatic suspension can be lowered for vehicle to crouch behind terrain while moving at low speed. It is worth mentioning that the 2T Stalker is capable of making 10 m ramp-jumps.

 

Video of the 2T Stalker armored reconnaissance vehicle

 
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