What kind of tank killer SAU 2S25 “Octopus-SD” was created in Russia?

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The Russian defense industry has successfully completed state tests with a 125-millimeter 2S25 Sprut-SD self-propelled artillery mount. This airborne anti-tank gun may soon be put into armament, after which it deliveries to troops will begin.

Self-propelled anti-tank gun 2S25 “Sprut-SD” at the exhibition “Russia Arms Expo. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org/Vitaly V. Kuzmin

Any caliber

This is an original idea of ​​the Russian defense industry, in fact, an intermediate version of an airborne combat vehicle and a tank. It is as mobile and maneuverable as possible, like airborne combat vehicles, while its firepower is not inferior to the T-80, T-90 tanks. This combat vehicle was created for the artillery units of the Airborne Forces and the Marine Corps. Her main task — providing fire support in combat during during fast-paced landing operations, primarily destroying enemy armored vehicles.

Crossed a tank and BMD

SAU 2S25 — this is an armored tracked amphibious vehicle, outwardly resembling a amphibious tank, the transmission is borrowed from the BMD-3. The letters “C” and "D" in its name means "self-propelled" and "landed". Armed “Octopus” a full-fledged 125-mm 2A75 cannon, which is also installed on all modern Russian tanks. Additional armament is a 7.62 mm machine gun. Sprut-SD" can fire all domestic ammunition, its arsenal, for example, includes armor-piercing sub-caliber shells, as well as anti-tank guided missiles. The ammo set includes 40 different projectiles, the laser aiming system makes it possible to destroy targets at distances of the order of 4 km.

By air and swimming

This is a very mobile and passable vehicle, it is delivered to the battlefield by amphibious means, and, for example, it can be dropped into the deep rear of the enemy by parachutes with a crew inside. The vehicle can land from ships onto water and further in swimming, it will independently reach the nearest shore. It is capable of overcoming water obstacles when the water surface is rough up to three points at a speed of about 10 km per hour, while being able to shoot afloat. It can also make a 500 km march on one stock of fuel at an average speed of up to 70 km per hour. The hydropneumatic chassis allows you to move on cross-country at high speed and with comfort for the crew.

Depending on terrain conditions, it changes the clearance from 190 to 590 mm. For comfortable driving, the car received an automatic transmission. This combat vehicle works flawlessly in high-mountainous regions at altitudes of about 4,000 meters. meters, in the desert, coast and in marshlands, in extreme frost and heat conditions.

Expert potential

« Sprut-SD, as a unique combat vehicle, can get a great expert potential. Recently, lightly armored mobile combat vehicles with powerful weapon systems have become more and more in demand. They can be used in a number of local armed conflicts and during counterterrorist operations. One of potential buyers of "Sprut-SD" may become India.

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