Light amphibious tank “Sprut-SDM1” has successfully passed the tests at sea and in the subtropics and confirmed the ability to overcome water obstacles without preparation at sea waves up to 3 points, to fire afloat and easily go to an unprepared shore. This was reported in the state corporation “Rostec” on December 17.
A new series of “Sprut”: the landing will receive light amphibious tanks Starting next year, the training of commanders of new self-propelled vehicles will begin
“During state tests, the Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank for the Airborne Forces demonstrated high navigability in the Black Sea and proved its reliability afloat. <...> The tank underwent extreme checks at sea, in Central Russia and the subtropics, where the air temperature reached +40 degrees, and passed them successfully, “the message says.
Tests at low temperatures are scheduled for early next year, said Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the Rostec weapons complex.
Sprut-SDM1 is primarily intended for Russian paratroopers. It can be expected that the opportunities shown by Octopus will interest foreign customers as well, ”he added.
Specialists from the Volgograd machine-building company VgTZ and Kurganmashzavod participate in the creation of the machine, the companies are part of the High-Precision Complexes holding of the Rostec State Corporation.
Starting next year, the training of the commanders of the Sprut installations will begin at the 242nd training center of the Airborne Forces, the Russian Defense Ministry informed earlier in December. Airborne operations, in the formations of which they will enter, will be much more efficient, experts noted.
The basic version of the vehicle – “Sprut-SD” – was put into service in 2006. In 2010, the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation abandoned the equipment due to flaws in the design and protection of armor.
Sprut-SDM1 is a fundamentally new technique. For the modernized vehicle, more powerful protection has been developed, which will increase its survivability on the battlefield, the fire control system has been completely redesigned and a thermal imaging sight has been installed.