The Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank for airborne troops, created by the Volgograd Tractor Plant (VgTZ) and Kurganmashzavod, which are part of the High-Precision Weapons holding of Rostec State Corporation, have successfully passed state tests. During the check, the military equipment demonstrated high navigability in the Black Sea and proved its reliability afloat.
Tests have confirmed that the machine is capable of overcoming water obstacles without preparation when the sea rough, to fire afloat and easily mount an unprepared shore.
“Given its purpose, this machine must meet very serious requirements. During state tests, the light tank underwent extreme checks at sea, in central Russia and the subtropics, where the air temperature reached +40 degrees Celsius. All tests were passed successfully. Low temperature tests are scheduled for early 2021. Sprut-SDM1 is primarily intended for Russian paratroopers. It can be expected that the capabilities shown by Sprut will interest foreign customers as well”, said Bekkhan Ozdoev, industrial director of the armaments complex of Rostec State Corporation.
Each stage of inspections in different conditions also provides for shooting tests which allow to start serial production of the machines.