Atom IFV: Russian-French "Heavy Atom"

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The Atom wheeled IFV project was a collaborative effort between Russian and French industries, but unfortunately, this partnership proved to be a hindrance to its progress. The project was led by the Russian Central Research Institute Burevestnik, which partnered with Renault Trucks Defence to create a heavy wheeled armored vehicle. The result was a mock-up model that was showcased at the Russia Arms Expo 2013 exhibition, where it received much attention from specialists and the public.

The Atom project boasted several impressive features, including a modern chassis with high mobility and protection, as well as a combat module with a 57-mm automatic cannon. However, despite the initial excitement surrounding the project, progress soon came to a halt. In April 2014, Renault Trucks Defence suspended joint work with Uralvagonzavod Corporation due to sanctions imposed by the French government on Russia.

The suspension of joint work dealt a severe blow to the Atom project, and it remains unclear whether or not it will ever be completed. Despite the setback, the Atom wheeled IFV project remains an intriguing example of international cooperation in the defense industry. While the future of the project is uncertain, it is clear that it has already made an impact on the world of military technology.

The ATOM heavy wheeled IFV with a 57-mm automatic gun is a joint development of UVZ (OJSC TsNII Burevestnik) and the French company Renault Trucks Defense, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of a wide range of tactical vehicles, wheeled armored vehicles and power units for armored vehicles.

The ATOM IFV is designed for transporting motorized rifle units, fighting from a vehicle and providing fire support to dismounted riflemen. The combat module with 57-mm automatic cannon provides detection and defeat day and night from the ground and on the move: lightly armored and unarmored targets, tank-endangering manpower, aerial targets such as UAVs, UAV elements, aircraft and helicopters and allows increasing the firing range up to 16 kilometers.

At the moment, the work has been discontinued, all copies remained with Russia

The main advantages over the 2s38 will be improved mobility, as well as a much larger ammunition of 80-100 vs. 20.

MOBILITY:

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  • powerful RENAULT engine (600 hp)
  • high operational mobility:
  • speed up to 100 km/h,
  • range of 750 kilometers;
  • automatic transmission;
  • transmission with independent suspension;
  • buoyancy equipment.

SURVIVABILITY:

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  • ballistic protection up to NATO level 5 (STANAG 4569);
  • supporting block hull made of armored steel;
  • puncture-resistant tires;
  • anti-shock shields;
  • active protection system;
  • laser warning systems;
  • protection against weapons of mass destruction.
Technical specifications
Dimensions (l. / w. / h.), m 8,2 / 3 / 2,5
Seats 11 (3+8)
Gross weight, t up to 32 (depending on armor level)
Entry/exit 1 rear ramp, 4 roof hatches
Effective range, km 6
Rate of fire, rounds per minute 120-140
Guidance angles, deg:
- vertical -8 …+70
- horizontally 360
Change of ammunition type, s 1-3
Full ammunition, pcs. 180-200
Ammunition ready for automatic firing, pcs. 80-100
Gun caliber and make 57-mm BM-57
Gun type rifled automatic cannon
Engine type Renault
Engine power, hp. 600
Highway speed, km/h 100
Range on the highway, km 750
Specific power, h.p./t 18,75
Wheel configuration 8×8
Suspension type independent

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Looks like fun! I’d like to see it as a French squadron vehicle, but it’ll be great wherever it goes. +1

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Ye no ofc it should be in russian tt

Russia already has plenty of vehicles which fit this description and play style. The 2S38 comes to mind, as does the PT-76E. France has far fewer vehicles overall, and an IFV like this would be a great squadron vehicle for France, as it would offer something different. Since this was a joint venture, and Russia is already loaded with options like it, let’s give this one to France.

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no it should either be in both trees or in russian as it was mostly made by russians and now does not use renault stuff nor volvo engine

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It’s the same situation as with Germany vs. France CUZ Germany got something

All the prototypes stayed in Russia and I think never even went to France, so no.

No one is introducing tanks for the ussr for indirect reasons (read my post about centauro), so russia should not give up its tanks (which are not infinite).

France shares a lot of development with European countries, let it get them.

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+1 but ONLY if its BR is 11.7+ 2S38 is greedily under BRd, and should be 11.3+. We all know thatd affect sales though…

We got the TURM III, IS6 and Obj 120 up, time for the 2S38…

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+1

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Youre telling me this 57mm gun can somehow kill targets 16km away?

Thats absurd

Maybe I misspoke. It is usually written that the cannon is effective at a range of 6 kilometers.

Although it may have been taken from a source and meant canopy firing. I don’t think it’s worth making a big deal out of it

Well, maybe not a big deal, but knowing Gaijin, theyll give it 16km SPAA range lol. So it is important

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Tbh russia is indeed lacking IFVs

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