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Russia’s SPRUT-SDM1 light amphibious tank has successfully completed another phase in a series of state tests which began in August 2020 and will last a year and a half.

According to the RIA Novosti news agency, which quotes Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the cluster of weapons at the Rostec state corporation, the Russian Ministry of Defence has been conducting state tests to validate tank’s laid in operational characteristics in sea and high mountain regions, in different climate zones, at air temperatures ranging from -40 to +40

The latest stage of state tests of the light amphibious tank the SPRUT-SDM1 was held in the Black Sea and recognised as a success, according to the press service of Rostec. The tank proved the ability to overcome water obstacles in rough seas of up to Sea State 3 and carry out targeted fire afloat by its main gun in limited traverse range and easily go to an unprepared shore. The next stage of state tests, which will begin at the beginning of next year, will be testing the SPRUT-SDM1 in extremely low temperatures.

The 2S25M SPRUT-SDM1 was developed by Volgograd machine-building company and Kurganmashzavod of the High Precision Weapons Holding. It is a modernised version of the previous SPRUD-SD. The new model is unified with the chassis of the new BMD-4M airborne combat vehicle.

SPRUT Features

The SPRUT-SDM1 has the firepower of a modern Main Battle Tank (MBT) and experts consider it comparable to that of Russian T-72 and T-90 series vehicles. It is armed with a fully-stabilised 2A75M 125 mm smoothbore gun to fire ammunition at maximum range of 2-2.5 km. It can also launch anti-tank guided missiles at a range of up to 5 km and can also target low-flying helicopters. In order to accommodate an MBT gun on a comparatively small and light chassis, the SPRUT is equipped with suspension that can be raised and lowered by the driver.

This combat vehicle was specially designed for the Russian Airborne Forces but can be also used by naval infantry units because it weighs just 18 t. Excellent mobility is facilitated in part by extensive use of aluminium in the SPRUT’s hull. The tank is air-portable and can be paradropped (carrying the crew) with the Il-76 cargo aircraft able to carry two examples.  The SPRUT is operated by a crew of three, commander, gunner and driver and.

Currently, Russia is the only country in the world to operate airborne tanks. At a time when the Indian Army is seeking light tanks, SPRUT has potential to meet the requirements. According to Indian media, New Delhi is already in talks with Russia’s official arms exporter – Rosoboronexport.

Yury Laskin