Russian state-run Rosoboronexport has launched its home-grown Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank built by the Tractor Plants Concern for export.
“The Sprut-SDM1 is a light amphibious fighting vehicle. It possesses the firepower of the main battle tank and is capable of disembarking from a ship and operating day or night in terrain impassable for other similar vehicles.A number of South-East countries have already shown great interest in the Sprut-SDM1,” said Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev Thursday.
“The Sprut-SDM1 is designed to provide fire support to infantry, engage armored targets, destroy enemy strong points and fortifications, and conduct battlefield reconnaissance and security. It is intended for equipping the Marine Corps and tank units of the ground forces,” he added.
The Sprut-SDM1 has a armament suite, corresponding to the main battle tank, and includes a 125-mm gun, a 7.62-mm remote-controlled machine gun, and a 7.62-mm coaxial machine gun. The vehicle is equipped with a guided missile weapon system designed to engage armored targets, including ERA-equipped ones, at ranges up to 5 km.
Its automated digital fire control system enables target detection, recognition and destruction on the move and at the halt, in poor visibility conditions, day or night, using different types of gunner's and commander's sights.
Its low weight and capability to cross water obstacles afloat ensure a high level of terrain passability. It is capable of fighting in the highlands and hot tropical climate, firing its gun while afloat, the company press statement said.