Kurganets-25

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Kurganets-25
File:4mayrehearsal 17.jpgKurganets-25 IFVFile:4mayrehearsal 10.jpgKurganets-25 APC
Type Tracked Platform[1][2]
Place of origin Russia
Service history
Used by Russian Armed Forces
Production history
Designer Kurgan Machine-Building, Kurganmashzavod[2]
Manufacturer Kurganmashzavod
Produced 2015
Specifications
Weight 25 tonnes[1][2]
Crew 3 (+8 passengers)[1][2]

Main
armament
Kurganets-25 IFV: Bumerang-BM

Kurganets-25 APC: 12.7mm Kord machine gun[2]
Kurganets-25 SPAAG: 57mm cannon

Kurganets-25 SPG: 125mm gun
Engine 800hp[1][2]
Power/weight 32 hp/tonne
Suspension Torsion Bar[2]
Speed 80km/h (50mph)[1][2]
On Water: 10km/h (6mph)[1][2]

The Kurganets-25 (Russian: Курганец-25) is a tracked, 25 ton modular platform being developed for the Russian Army. The Kurganets-25 will evolve into various models, gradually replacing BMP and BMD and MT-LB and other types of tracked armored platforms.[3] The Kurganets-25 will have modular armor that can be upgraded for specific threats.[2]

The Kurganets-25 IFV and APC variants were first seen in public (initially with the turret and main armament shrouded) during rehearsals for the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade. If preliminary and state tests go well, serial production could begin by 2016.[4]

Armament

The Kurganets-25 IFV features the Bumerang-BM remote control turret with its 2A42 30 mm auto cannon, a 7.62 mm coaxial PKT and a bank of two Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles on either side.

The Kurganets-25 APC variant has a 12.7mm MG remote weapon station instead of the Bumerang-BM turret.[5]

A Kurganets-25 SPAAG with a 57mm gun and a Kurganets-25 SPG with a 120mm are planned.[6]

Mobility

The Kurganets-25 weighs 25 tonnes.[2][5] This allows the Kurganets-25 to be light enough to be mobile on water. The maximum speed of the Kurganets-25 is 80 km/h on land and 10 km/h on water.[1][2] Both the IFV and APC variants of the Kurganets-25 have a front mounted engine.[5] This engine is rated at 800 hp.[1][2]

Protection

The Kurganets-25 IFV has 360 degree coverage from its APS launcher tubes. This APS is smaller than the one found on the T-14 and T-15, but like the T-15, its attached close the top of the hull. A two part projectile detection system is placed on various places on the hull and turret. The Kurganets-25 12.7 mm armed APC variant, when revealed in the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade, had a scaled down APS systems which were attached only to the turret. The APC variant had no APS tubes attached to the hull.[5]

Ergonomics and Crew

According to first vice president and co-owner of Concern Tractor Plants, Albert Bakov, the new Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle uses a console similar to a Sony PlayStation gamepad.[7]

The Kurganets-25 is wider than previous generations of Russian APCs and IFVs. Also, the front located engine increases crew comfort and ease of access.[5]

Operators

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Курганец-25 "Объект 695" Боевая машина пехоты". Военный информатор. Retrieved 10 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Administrator. "Kurganets-25 BMP Kurganets AIFV armoured infantry fighting vehicle technical data sheet pictures video - Russia Russian army light armoured vehicle UK - Russia Russian army military equipment vehicles UK". Retrieved 10 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Tamir Eshel. "Russia Plans to Field the T-99, a Radically New Main Battle Tank by 2015". Retrieved 10 May 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "БМП «Курганец-25» - Телеканал «Звезда»". tvzvezda.ru. Retrieved 2016-02-11.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 http://www.janes.com/article/51469/russia-s-armour-revolution
  6. http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/2026563
  7. http://sputniknews.com/science/20150508/1021883796.html

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