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Renault Trucks Defence, UVZ collaboration under the spotlight

06 April 2014

The collaboration between France's Renault Trucks Defence (RTD) and Russia's UralVagonZavod (UVZ) over the development of the Atom infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has become the latest programme between French industry and Russia to come under fire in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Crimea.

Development on the Atom was first launched after the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in February 2013 that would see the two companies work together to develop a potential replacement for the Russian Army's fleet of BTR-80 8x8 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), as well as for potential export markets.

A full-scale mock-up of the vehicle was unveiled at the Russian Arms Exhibition 2013 at Nizhny Tagil in September, with the two companies still yet to confirm plans for the development of a prototype, according to IHS Jane's sources.



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