T-15 BMP IFV
Tracked armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Russia
The T-15 BMP Armata is the latest generation of AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) developed and manufactured by the Russian Defense Industry. The T-15 BMP Armata was unveiled for the first time to the public during the rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in April 2015. The T-15 vehicle (Object 149) has been designed by Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation in Russia’s Urals region. This vehicle is based on the universal platform Armata, which is also used for the T-14 Armata MBT (Main Battle Tank). This enables T-15 to be deployed on a battlefield together with Armata tanks, not behind them, thus making it possible to deliver infantry landing parties right in the middle of the fight.
T-15 IFV variants:
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The T-15 BMP is fitted with an unmanned turret located at the rear of the vehicle, designed and manufactured by the Defense Company KBP. According to Russian military experts, the turret is equipped with one 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon as the main armament. The 2A42 cannon is highly reliable due to single-barrel gas-operated action which has a maximum range of 4,000m. The fixed receiver facilitates the ammunition belts feeding into the gun. The ammunition load is consumed efficiently due to selective feeding and firing rate alteration capabilities implemented in the gun. The long barrel contributes to extend point-blank firing range. The T-15 Armata carries a total of 500 ammunition including 160 armor-piercing and 340 high-explosive fragmentation rounds. The second armament of the vehicle includes a PKTM 7,62mm machine gun and two anti-tank guided missile Kornet-D launchers mounted on each side of the turret. The Kornet-D uses technical vision with an automatic target tracker to make it a "fire and forget" missile, giving it a 5-times increase in accuracy of target tracking at any range. It can engage targets from a range of 150 to 10,000m. The fire and forget capability gives a vehicle the ability to salvo launch against two different targets at once, increasing its rate of fire and decreasing the number of vehicles needed for a mission. It can also salvo fire two missiles against one target to defeat vehicles equipped with an active protection system Turret traverse and weapon elevation are all-electric with manual controls provided for emergency use. The turret weapon station is fully autonomous with ammunition located inside the turret and thus fully isolated from the crew compartment.
|Design and protection|
The T-15 BMP Armata used a new design if you compare the old generation of Russian AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) as the BMP family. At the front of the hull is located the crew of the vehicle with the commander, gunner, driver, and the troop's compartment at the rear which can carry a total of 9 soldiers. The armor consists of some places of a layer of concrete sandwiched between layers of steel, ceramic and composite materials, which offers a high level of protection against the firing of small arms and the blast of mine explosions. The front of the vehicle is protected by add-on armor to provide protection not only from the firing of small arms and shell splinters but also against the most modern tank ammunition and anti-tank guided missiles. The top of the vehicle seems to be protected by integrated ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour). The rear side of the hull is equipped with a power-operated ramp that opens downwards that offers the troops to leave and enter quickly of the vehicle. The protection of this ramp is enhanced by the use of slat armor.
|The T-15 BMP Armata is powered by a new generation 1,500 hp multifuel diesel engine coupled with a hydro-mechanical automatic transmission. It uses a torsion bars suspension which consists of each side of seven dual rubber-tired road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front, the idler at the rear, and four track-support rollers. The powerpack is located at the front of the vehicle and consists of a 1.500 hp power engine. The T-15 can run at a maximum road speed of 70 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 550 km.|
|The weapon station of the T-15 BMP Armata is fitted with a computerized fire control which includes multi-sights, one for the gunner and one for the commander. The turret has day/night fire-on-the-move capability. To increase its protection, the T-15 is equipped with the "Afganit" active protection system including sensors and laser detection systems. This system is designed to defeat threats such as the rocket-propelled grenade and the anti-tank missile, including newer anti-tank missiles with longer ranges. The active protection system can protect against missiles fired from both infantry carried rocket launchers and from helicopters, which attack the vehicle directly or by overflying it. On each front side of the vehicle, there are five cylinders that can launch projectiles to counter guided missiles and RPGs (Rocket-Propelled Grenades), and one block of 12 smoke grenade launchers able to create a smokescreen in case of missile or rocket attacks. All these countermeasure equipment are part of the Afganit active protection system. Afganit active protection system uses Doppler radar to detect incoming projectiles such as rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles. Once detected, the active defense launches an interceptor rocket from one of the cylinders that destroys the incoming projectile. For close views, the T-15 is equipped with wide-angle cameras mounted around a vehicle giving full 360° all-round vision on displays. The system allows the crew to appraise the area outside the vehicle before opening doors or hatches. According to Russian information, the vehicle is also fitted with control and information systems to manage onboard equipment.|
|One 30mm automatic gun, one 7.62mm machine gun, and four Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missile launchers||Standard armor to provide protection against firing of small arms and shell splinters, and composite armor to increase protection against anti-tank missiles/rockets|
|Active protection system, computerized fire control, NBC protection system,||550 km|
|3 + 9||Length: 9.5 m; Width: 4.8 m; Height: 3.5 m|
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