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ATOM 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle

ATOM IFV is an 8x8 wheeled infantry fighting vehicle jointly developed by France and Russia. The project was developed by the French company Renault Trucks and Russian company JSC "Central Research Institute" Petrel, part of Uralvagonzavod.

The ATOM 8x8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) is based on the French Véhicule blindé de combat d'infanterie (VBCI) and the prototype was first unveiled at the 2013 Russian Arms Expo.

The project was frozen on 8 April 2014 by Volvo which is the parent company of Renault Trucks, following the events from the Crimean Peninsula.

Designed by Renault Trucks, a prototype was manufactured by Uralvagonzavod.

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With a maximum mass of 32 tons, the ATOM 8x8 is a heavy infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) being in the same class with the German Boxer 8x8, the Israeli Eitan 8x8, or the GDELS Piranha 5 8x8.

The ATOM infantry fighting vehicle measures 8.2 m (26 ft 11 in) in length, 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in width, and 3 m (9 ft 10 in) in height. It has a ground clearance of 600 mm (24 in).

The crew consists of three persons including the driver, the commander, and the gunner and it can carry up to eight passengers. The driver's compartment is located on the left front side of the vehicle.

The access in the vehicle for the crew and the eight passengers is made through the hinged ramp at the rear and through four hatched located on the roof.

The ATOM IFV is based on the chassis of the VCBI 8x8 IFV and the and can be equipped with reactive and slat armor offering ballistic protection of up to NATO STANAG 4569 Level 5 efficient against 25 mm armor-piercing projectiles.

It is powered by a 600 hp Renault diesel engine, having an automatic transmission. The powerpack is located in the front of the vehicle on the right side.

The ATOM IFV prototype is equipped with a turret fitted with a 57x347 mm SR BM-57 rifled autocannon.

The turret with an elevation between -8° and +70°, has a traverse of 360°. From a total of approximately 200 rounds carried in the vehicle, 80-100 of them are carried in the turret.

Developed by Petrel, the cannon has a rate of fire of 120-140 rounds/minute and an effective range of 6 km and it can change the type of munition in 1-3 seconds.

It can engage various targets ranging from light armoured vehicles to aerial targets like UAVs or even aircrafts and helicopters.

The ATOM 8x8 was planned to be produced in several variants including an ATOM armoured personnel carrier (APC) version, an ATOM infantry combat vehicle (ICV) variant which can be equipped with anti-tank missiles, an ATOM mortar carrier vehicle equipped with a 120 mm mortar and other variants like an ambulance, an armoured police vehicle and a breakdown vehicle.

Some variants were designed to carried and airdropped by the Ilyushin Il-76 tactical airlifter and be able of amphibious operations.

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ATOM 8x8 IFV - General Data and Specifications:
Type 8x8 Infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)
Place of Origin France / Russia
Designer Renault Trucks
JSC Central Research Institute Petrel
Designed Period 2013-2014
Manufacturer and Builders Uralvagonzavod
Mass / Weight 32 t / 35 short tons / 31 long tons (maximum)
Length 8.2 m / 26 ft 11 in
Width 2.5 m / 8 ft 2 in
Height 3 m / 9 ft 10 in
Ground Clearance 0.6 m / 600 mm / 24 in
crew 3 crew members + 8 passengers
Payload 7 tonnes / 7.7 short tons / 6.9 long tons
Speed 100 km/h / 62 mph (on even roads)
Operational Range 750 km / 470 mi
Power-to-Weight Ratio 18.75 hp/tonne
Armament 57x347 mm SR BM-57 rifled autocannon
Armor Up to Level 5 STANAG 4569
Engine 600 hp Renault diesel engine
Suspension Independent suspension