ATOM Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV)

The ATOM is a heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) jointly developed by JSC Central Research Institute Burevestnik (a division of Uralvagonzavod) of Russia and Renault Trucks Defense (RTD) of France.

The prototype ATOM IFV was unveiled at the Russian Arms Expo (RAE) exhibition held at Nizhny Tagil in September 2013. A full-scale model of the vehicle was displayed at KADEX-2014 international exhibition in May 2014.

Design and features of ATOM IFV


The chassis of the ATOM IFV is based on 8×8 VBCI IFV produced jointly by Nexter Systems and Renault Trucks Defense. ATOM features an all-welded hull with modular armour plates. The transmission, engine and fire control systems of the vehicle were designed by Renault, while the weapons system was developed by UralVagonZavod.

Its cabin offers a space of 10.7m³ to accommodate three crew members and up to eight troops along with equipment. It features one rear ramp, and four roof hatches for entry and exit.


The IFV is designed to provide transportation for motorised infantry subdivisions during combat missions and in battlegrounds. The vehicle can be customised to make it suitable for deployment in different operations. It is available in different variants including troop transport vehicle,infantry combat vehicle, ambulance, breakdown vehicle, and armoured police vehicle.

The exterior dimensions of the vehicle include a length of 8.2m, height of 3m, and width of 2.5m. The combat weight of the vehicle is 32t and the maximum payload carrying capacity is 7t.


The common chassis can be used to offer a wide range of combat vehicles as troop carriers, command vehicles, combat electronic vehicle, combat engineering and recovery, and fire support platforms, mounting various weapon systems. This 30-tonne combat vehicle incorporates all the experience of UralVagonZavod in the area of armoured hulls and armaments. UVZ is the world-famous builder of the Russian T-90 main battle tank. RTD, the French mobility specialist (VBCI, VAB, Sherpa), is supplying the power train for this 8×8 designed to offer all-terrain mobility equivalent to that of a tracked vehicle. Source

ATOM IFV armament


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 first version of the ATOM was fitted with a remote-controlled weapon station armed with one 57mm BM-57 automatic cannon which is a modification of the Soviet 57 mm S-60, developed by the company Petrel.

57mm BM-57 automatic cannon

The cannon uses 57x348mm semi-rimmed ammunition.  The image below shows the 57mm ammunition vs the Bofors 40×365 ammunition.
The gun is recoil operated. Rate of fire is 105-120 rpm and the muzzle velocity is around 1.020 m/sec. It has a barrel length of around 4.4m.
The effective firing range against ground targets is 4km’s.
The gun has a new automatic loading capable ammunition feed system that houses 20 ready-to-fire rounds as shown below.
The turret basket has a powered 73 round ammunition carousel that provides ammunition to the linkless feeder above. Source ©WarfareTechnology 2014

The weapon station can traverse 360° and has an elevation of +70º and a depression of -8º. The 57mm cannon has a maximum range of 6 km and can fire at a maximum rate of 120-140 rounds/min. The 57 mm cannon can be used against light armoured and soft targets, aerial targets (UAVs), precision-guided munitions, aircraft and helicopters. The vehicle carries a total of 180-200 rounds with 100 rounds ready to fire. A 7.62mm coaxial machine gun is mounted to the right side of the main armament. According Uralvagonzavod, the ATOM can be fitted with a cannon up to 120 mm. Source

Effective firing range 6 km
Rate of fire 120-140rds / min
Laying angles – Elevation -8 ° … + 70 °
Laying angles – Traverse 360 °
Time required for change of ammunition type 1 … 3 sec
Ammunition, main total 180 … 200 rounds
Ready-to-fire rounds 80 … 100 rounds



7.62mm coaxial machine gun


Weight PK: 9 kg (19.84 lb) (gun + integral bipod) + 7.7 kg (16.98 lb) (tripod).
PKM: 7.5 kg (16.53 lb) (gun + integral bipod) + 4.5 kg (9.92 lb) (tripod).
PKT (tank): 10.5 kg (23.15 lb)
Length PK: 1,203 mm (47.4 in)
PKM: 1,192 mm (46.9 in)
PKT: 1,098 mm (43.2 in)
Barrel length PK: 658 mm (25.9 in)
PKM: 645 mm (25.4 in)
PKT: 772 mm (30.4 in)
Cartridge 7.62×54mmR
Action Gas-operated, open bolt
Rate of fire PK, PKM: 650–750 round/min.
PKT: 800 round/min
Muzzle velocity PK, PKM: 825 m/s
Effective range 1,500m (100–1,500 m sight adjustments)
Feed system Belts in 100/200/250 round boxes
Sights Tangent iron sights (default);
Optical, Night-vision, Thermal and Radar sights

7.62mm coaxial machine gun data

The weapon system has an effective firing range of 6km and a rate of fire ranging between 120 and 140 rounds a minute. Time required for the change of ammunition type is one to three seconds. The turret has an ammunition storage capacity ranging between 180 and 200 rounds and ready to fire rounds of up to 100.

ATOM IFV survivability


The ATOM vehicle offers ballistic protection of up to NATO STANAG 4569 level 5. It is equipped with reactive armour 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.

Engine and mobility of heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle


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.

One 57mm cannon but the vehicle can be fitted with a cannon up to 120mm
Country users
Under development
Designer Country
Russia – France
Run-flat system for tyres, active protection system, laser warning system and CBRN protection system
3 + 8 soldiers
Ballistic prtotection up to Level 5 (STANAG 4569) 25mm APDS-T ammunition
32,000 kg maximum with add-on armour
100 km/h
750 km

Lenght: 8.2 m; Width: 2.5 m; Height: 3 m

Specification data

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