Russia plans to test the 2S25M Sprut-SDM1 air-droppable amphibious self-propelled anti-tank gun (SPATG) at the end of 2018, an industry source has told Jane's.
“State trials of the Sprut-SDM1 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Prototypes of the system are ready for trials, and the state customer remains interested in the SPATG,” the source said.
Like the T-72B3 main battle tank, the Sprut-SDM1 is fitted with the Sosna-U multichannel gunner sighting system. “The SPATG has the Sosna-U sight and the PDT back-up sight. The system is armed with a 2A75M 125 mm smoothbore gun, the specifications of which are almost identical to those of the 2A46M5 gun,” the source said. He went on to say the gun is coupled with an autoloader, which stores 22 rounds. “The Sprut-SDM1 carries an ammunition load of 40 rounds, including 20 high explosive fragmentation rounds and 14 armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabots, as well as six anti-tank guided missiles,” he added. The SPATG's secondary armaments consist of a Kalashnikov PKTM 7.62 mm coaxial medium machine gun and another PKTM integrated with a roof-mounted remote controlled weapon station.
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