Rostec State Corporation subsidiary Rosoboronexport has launched the new Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank in the world arms market.
Built by the Tractor Plants Concern, the Sprut-SDM1 vehicle is equipped with a powerful armament suite, corresponding to the main battle tank, and is fitted with a 125mm gun, a 7.62mm remote-controlled machine gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun.
Rosoboronexport director general Alexander Mikheev said: “The Sprut-SDM1 is the only light amphibious fighting vehicle in its class that possesses the firepower of the main battle tank.
“It is capable of disembarking from a ship and operating day or night in terrain impassable for other similar vehicles. Rosoboronexport expects increased attention to this vehicle from countries having difficult terrain, such as water obstacles, marshes and mountains.
“In particular, a number of South-East countries have already shown great interest in the Sprut-SDM1.”
In addition, the light amphibious tank features a guided missile weapon system that is specifically designed to engage armoured targets, including ERA-equipped ones, at ranges of up to 5km.
Referred in Russia as a self-propelled anti-tank gun or tank destroyer, the Sprut-SDM1 vehicle has been developed to deliver fire support to infantry, engage armoured targets, destroy hostile strong points and fortifications, and carry out battlefield reconnaissance and security.
The highly automated digital fire control system integrated on to the tank facilitates target detection, recognition and destruction both on the move and at the halt, and in poor visibility conditions, day or night, using different types of gunner’s and commander’s sights.
Capable of being deployed in the highlands and hot tropical climate, the low-weight amphibious vehicle has the ability to fire its gun while being afloat.
The combat vehicle has been specially designed for use by the Russian airborne forces.