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ATOM BMP - heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)

The Atom project was started by the Russian Burevestnik enterprise, a unit of Uralvagonzavod tank-maker, and France's Renault Trucks Defense [RTD], owned by the Swedish Volvo group. The new vehicle was based on the French VBCI. Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) and Renault Trucks Defense combined their know-how to offer potential customers the ATOM 8x8 armored infantry fighting vehicle

ATOM IFV is equipped with an overhead unmanned turret armed with a 57mm automatic gun, which is capable of engaging light armoured and soft targets, anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) crews and anti-tank grenade launcher (ATGL) gunners, as well as aerial targets including UAVs, precision-guided munitions, aircraft and helicopters. The characteristics of the BMP Atom's 57mm automatic gun considerably exceed the earlier declared six-kilometer aiming range.

The ATOM vehicle offers ballistic protection of up to NATO STANAG 4569 level 5. It is equipped with reactive armor and slat armour for protection against 25mm armour-piercing projectiles. In addition, it can be fitted with an active protection system, laser warning system, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) protection against weapons of mass destruction.

ATOM is powered by a RENAULT high-power diesel engine with 600hp output. It features an automatic gearbox, and transmission with independent suspension. The IFV is propelled in water by a pair of propellers fitted on the sides of the rear hull. It has a maximum speed of 100km/h (62mph) and an unrefuelled range of 750km, with a ground clearance of 600mm (24in) and features run-flat tyres. The vehicle can be air dropped using Il-76 aircraft.

The Atom was presented for the first time at the Russian Expo Arms 2013 exhibit in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. A full-scale model of the vehicle was displayed at KADEX-2014 international exhibition in May 2014. At the IDEX-2015 in Abu Dhabi the new vehicle was shown in an operating conditions.

In April 2014 RTD, suspended its participation in the French- Russian project developing Atom armored personnel carrier in retaliation to Moscow's policy in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Swedish suppliers, which were going to provide the engine and some other elements for the vehicle, were the main initiators of freezing the cooperation for fear that this equipment could potentially be used against NATO member Sweden.

Uralvagonzavod will continue to work to create the armored vehicles Atom with a new partner instead of France , a new module for the BMP for a particular customer has already been created, General Director of the company Oleg Sienko said in February 2015. We have made a new module and currently creating a specific car for a specific customer. Unfortunately, we have a tough political situation. We have a specific partner, and We are working in this direction, he said.

"Uralvagonzavod" continued to work independently on the infantry fighting vehicle "Atom", cooperation with the United Arab Emirates is on their platform. This was announced on 19 June 2015 to TASS by Corporation General Director Oleg Siyenko. "We are conducting this work on its own platform. And with the Emirates we are working on their platform," - said in the sidelines of the forum Siyenko "Army 2015".

Meanwhile, at the arms exhibition IDEX-2015 in February Siyenko stated that the development of "Atom" is conducted with a new partner. He did not specify which country in question. Heavy infantry fighting vehicle "Atom" was developed in collaboration with the French Renault Defence Trucks (part of the Swedish Volvo). The prototype was demonstrated in the autumn of 2013 and spring 2014 European company announced the suspension of a joint project.

Earlier it was reported that CRI "Petrel", part of the "Uralvagonzavod", collaborating with the UAE on joint development of the combat unit AU-220M to equip combat vehicles Arab development. The representative of the Russian company said at the forum "Army 2015" that the cooperation is going well.

ATOM BMP - heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) ATOM BMP - heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) ATOM BMP - heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) ATOM BMP - heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)

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