14:19 13.06.2016(updated 14:22 13.06.2016)
Sales of Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport are strictly in accordance with the schedule, according to Director General Anatoly Isaykin.
PARIS (Sputnik) — The company expects to complete its sales plan for 2016 in amount of $13 billion.
“We are strictly on schedule, no delays, the plan is due to be fulfilled,” Isaykin told RIA Novosti.
The director also confirmed that Rosoboronexport’s sales plan for 2016 corresponded with a previously announced amount of $13 billion.
According to toe company, Russia has also started pre-contract work on the delivery of Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines (NATO reporting name Improved Kilo-class) to Indonesia.
“The depth of interest will depend only on the Defense Ministry. There were official statements by the Indonesia Defense Minister [confirming] that they are interested in this project <…> The interest expressed by the official representative of the Defense Ministry, I think that it is the pre-contract work,” Isaykin said.
He added that many countries are interested in Varshavyanka-class submarines, as the vessels demonstrate unprecedented level of silence and powerful equipment.
According to the businessman, it is possible that Russia and France will resume cooperation on ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle should relations with EU partners soon improve.
“Hypothetically, the continuation of the cooperation is always possible, but if this pause, that arose due to the sanctions, continues for another couple of years, then what’s the point of cooperation,” Isaikin told RIA Novosti.
He added that the Russian defense industry with its new developments simply will not wait for the improvement of the geopolitical situation, as it is economically disadvantageous.
ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle
The Atom infantry fighting vehicle was jointly developed by Russian Uralvagonzavod and French Renault Trucks Defense companies. A mock-up of the new IFV was first publicly revealed in 2013. This IFV was proposed for the Russian Army and export customers. As of 2016 Uralvagonzavod is still marketing this vehicle. Even though European Union and USA imposed sanctions on this company.
The French company provided the VBCI chassis, engine, transmission and fire control system. While the Russian company provided the turret with a main gun and other components. It was planned that a joint French-Russian venture could be formed to produce this IFV in Russia. It was also planned that production version would use more Russian components. This new infantry fighting vehicle is quiet large. It is even bigger than the Patria AMV.
The Atom is armed with a powerful 57-mm gun, fitted in a two-man turret. It was developed from a Soviet S-60 anti-aircraft gun. Such a powerful weapon is unusual for an infantry fighting vehicle. Usually IFVs are armed with 30-mm automatic cannons. However recently there is a trend to upgun the IFVs, as their front armor becomes a hard nut for 30-mm cannons.
The Atom has an all-welded aluminum armor hull with modular add-on composite armor plates. Protection level can be tailored to suit customer and mission requirements. It seems that basic armor provides all-round protection against 14.5-mm armor-piercing rounds. Maximum level of protection is against 25-mm armor-piercing projectiles. Slat armor can be fitted for protection against RPG rounds. The stated vehicle weight is up to 32 t with add-on armor.
Hull has a double floor for protection against mine blasts and improvised explosive devices. It withstands explosions equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. Vehicle is also fitted with NBC protection system.
However the future of the Atom is uncertain. European Union and USA imposed sanctions on the Uralvagonzaod company due to ongoing Ukrainian crisis. Also the Swedish Volvo company, owner of the engine, decided to scrap its involvement in the project.
|Dimensions and weight|
|Weight||up to 32 t|
|Machine guns||1 x 7.62-mm|
|Main gun||180-200 rounds|
|Engine power||600 hp|
|Maximum road speed||up to 100 km/h|
|Amphibious speed on water||6 ~ 10 km/h|
|Vertical step||0.7 m|