how a new “blinding” projectile will protect Russian tanks – RT in Russian

Rostec State Corporation has developed a new ammunition to protect armored vehicles from precision weapons. The projectile creates an aerosol-dipole curtain on the battlefield, which “blinds” the enemy’s guidance systems. Rostec is going to officially present the novelty at the Army-2021 specialized defense forum. Ammunition tests are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. According to experts, such shells can significantly increase the survivability of equipment on the battlefield.

The Rostec State Corporation has created a new specialized ammunition that protects armored vehicles from being hit by enemy high-precision shells. This was reported on the company’s website.

“When a threat arises, it fires in a dangerous direction and creates a curtain of aerosol-dipole interference,” blinding “the enemy’s precision-guided ammunition guidance systems,” Rostec said in a press release.

The caliber of the new ammunition is 76 mm, weight is 2.8 kg. According to the developers, in comparison with analogues, it creates one and a half times denser cloud of the combined curtain, which provides protection against missiles with optical, thermal, radar and laser guidance.

According to the developer, the ammunition can be used as part of the defensive weapons of existing and future armored vehicles in any climatic conditions.

“The use of the new ammunition in combination with modern electronic warfare means will increase the survivability of armored vehicles on the battlefield. We are confident that the new product will be in demand on export markets, ”said Rostec.

It is assumed that the product will be demonstrated for the first time at the Army-2021 forum. The completion of state tests is scheduled for the end of 2021.

The Central Research Institute of Precision Engineering (TsNIITOCHMASH) was engaged in the direct development of the product.

Earlier, TSNIITOCHMASH created protective equipment for the PRP-4A Argus reconnaissance vehicle, Uragan-1M MLRS and other combat units.

Evolution of tank protection

The development of active protection systems for armored vehicles began in the USSR back in the 1950s.

In the 1980s, the Drozd system was created. The device recorded the launch of the enemy’s rocket, accompanied it, after which, at the right moment, it fired a protective charge, which hit the approaching ammunition with a fragmentation field. Then there was a modification of the complex – “Drozd-2”, in which the number of launchers was increased, providing protection of armored vehicles from any direction.

Later in the USSR, and then in the Russian Federation, other, similar systems were developed. For example, the Shtora-1 complex, which uses aerosol curtains to counter missiles, which disrupt the guidance process.

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In 2019, TsNIITOCHMASH reported on work on the creation of a complex of protection against modern high-precision weapons. It is based on the method of optoelectronic suppression of guided munitions targeting systems. The complex includes equipment that fixes the shot and an optical-electronic jamming system, which, with the help of aerosol ammunition, disrupts the control of the attacking missile.

When an attack is detected, the complex shoots aerosol ammunition in the required direction, taking into account the wind. Then, from the ammunition itself, a block of cassettes with an aerosol-forming filling flies out.

Such a complex is supposed to first of all equip 120-mm self-propelled artillery pieces 2S42 “Lotos”.

“Will deprive the enemy of means of observation”

Experts believe that the new ammunition can radically increase the survivability of domestic armored vehicles on the battlefield. According to military expert Alexei Leonkov, the main advantage of the new projectile is the filling developed for it.

He also noted that aerosol spraying, which hinders the operation of high-precision weapons, has been used in Russian armored vehicles for a long time, so it is possible that new ammunition will be unified for use with the already well-proven Shtora-1 and Arena active protection systems.

In addition, according to analysts, new ammunition not only can save one, separately taken tank, but in general can deprive the enemy of the opportunity to deliver pinpoint strikes against Russian troops in the theater of operations.

Retired Colonel Viktor Litovkin adheres to a similar position.

“This projectile will be able to work in conjunction with such complex protection systems as Arena and Shtora. And with the help of its aerosol-dipole filling, it will protect our armored vehicles from modern high-precision weapons and deprive the enemy of observation and guidance means, “the expert emphasized in a conversation with RT.

Leonkov also noted that in order to assess the potential of this ammunition, it is necessary to wait until the tests are completed.

“The ammunition must be tested, tested in the army. During tests, it must prove its characteristics when used in all climatic and temperature conditions. And only after that it will be included as a standard one in the arsenals of military equipment complexes, to which it will be suitable, ”concluded Leonkov.


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