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Atom

Infantry fighting vehicle

Atom IFV

The Atom IFV was jointly developed by French and Russian companies

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 8 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight up to 32 t
Length 8.2 m
Width 3 m
Height 2.5 m
Armament
Main gun 57-mm
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm
Ammunition load
Main gun 180-200 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine Renault diesel
Engine power 600 hp
Maximum road speed up to 100 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 6 ~ 10 km/h
Range 750 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.7 m
Trench 2 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The Atom infantry fighting vehicle was jointly developed by Russian Uralvagonzavod and French Renault Trucks Defense companies. A mock-up of the new IFV was first publicly revealed in 2013. This IFV was proposed for the Russian Army and export customers. As of 2016 Uralvagonzavod is still marketing this vehicle. Even though European Union and USA imposed sanctions on this company.

   The French company provided the VBCI chassis, engine, transmission and fire control system. While the Russian company provided the turret with a main gun and other components. It was planned that a joint French-Russian venture could be formed to produce this IFV in Russia. It was also planned that production version would use more Russian components. This new infantry fighting vehicle is quiet large. It is even bigger than the Patria AMV.

   The reason to offer the Atom IFV in Russia is hard to explain. Considering that currently Russia is developing indigenous next-generation Kurganets 25 IFV and Bumerang APC. Unless Russia's own armored vehicles will have a critical flaw.

   The Atom is armed with a powerful 57-mm gun, fitted in a two-man turret. It was developed from a Soviet S-60 anti-aircraft gun. Such a powerful weapon is unusual for an infantry fighting vehicle. Usually IFVs are armed with 30-mm automatic cannons. However recently there is a trend to upgun the IFVs, as their front armor becomes a hard nut for 30-mm cannons.

   The 57-mm gun packs a formidable punch. It can easily defeat all enemy armored vehicles, except main battle tanks. It can be also used to support infantry and destroy fortifications. This powerful weapon also poses threat to ATGM teams. It can also engage UAVs and helicopters. This gun has an effective range of up to 6 km. As it was originally designed as an anti-aircraft weapon it has a maximum range of up to 16 km. However engagement range for armored vehicles is typically limited to less than 3 km due to terrain. So the extra long range is not that important.

   The gun fires at a rate of 120-140 rounds per minute. It can fire various types of ammunition and briefly change between these types. A total of 180-200 rounds are carried for the main gun. A total of 80-100 rounds are ready to use. The other are stored inside the hull. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   The Atom has an all-welded aluminum armor hull with modular add-on composite armor plates. Protection level can be tailored to suit customer and mission requirements. It seems that basic armor provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Maximum level of protection is against 25-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Slat armor can be fitted for protection against RPG rounds. The stated vehicle weight is up to 32 t with add-on armor.

   Hull has a double floor for protection against mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. It withstands explosions equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   The Atom can carry 11 soldiers, including a crew of three and 8 dismounts. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via a rear ramp. Also there are roof hatches for observation, firing and emergency exit.

   The Atom is also fitted with a laser warning receiver. It can be also fitted with active protection system.

   Engine and transmission were provided by Renault Trucks Defense. Vehicle is powered by Renault turbocharged diesel engine, developing 600 hp. Actually this engine is owned by the Volvo  company. Engine is located at the front. It is mated to an automatic transmission. It is likely that Atom has a hydropneumatic suspension. It seems that this armored vehicle can switch its configuration from 8x8 to 8x6, while moving on hard surface roads. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system and run-flat tyres. This IFV is amphibious and is fitted with waterjets. However once fitted with maximum level of protection it might loose amphibious capability.

   The Atom IFV was planned to become a forerunner of the whole family of military vehicles, based on the same 8x8 chassis. Other proposed versions include an armored personnel carrier armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun, air defense vehicle, armed with a 57-mm gun, 120-mm self-propelled gun, armored ambulance, command post vehicle, recovery vehicle and armored engineer vehicle.

   However the future of the Atom is uncertain. European Union and USA imposed sanctions on the Uralvagonzaod company due to ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Also the Swedish Volvo company, owner of the engine, decided to scrap its involvement in the project.

 

Video of the Atom infantry fighting vehicle

 
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