Developed in cooperation between the French business Renault Trucks and the Russian company Petrel, a branch of Uralvagonzavod, the ATOM is a sturdy 8×8 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The French Véhicule blindé de combat d’infanterie (VBCI) IFV, which was first produced by Renault, served as the basis for this powerful vehicle.
First displayed at the 2013 Russian Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil, the ATOM prototype included a unique fighting module, signifying a significant development in military technology and collaboration between the French and Russian defence industry.
With a maximum mass of 32 tonnes (35 short tonnes; 31 long tonnes) and dimensions of 8.2 metres in length, 2.5 metres in width, and 3 metres in height, the vehicle is a formidable military platform. It can carry up to eight passengers and has room for three crew members. The armour protection meets NATO level 5 STANAG 4569 criteria, indicating its essential nature.
With its main weapon being a powerful 57x347mmSR BM-57 rifled autocannon, this vehicle is a formidable opponent in combat. This strong vehicle is propelled by a sturdy 600-horsepower Renault diesel engine, which equates to an impressive power-to-weight ratio of at least 18.75 horsepower per tonne. With a ground clearance of 600 mm (24 inches) and independent suspension, the vehicle can carry a payload of up to 7 tonnes. This military vehicle combines mobility, firepower, and endurance to succeed in a variety of operating circumstances. Its range is 750 kilometres (470 miles), and its top speed on even roads is 100 km/h (62 mph).
The ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) is a flexible platform with a range of specialised variations designed to satisfy the needs of a wide range of future customers. One of these designs, which was demonstrated during RAE-2013, is a troop transport vehicle that emphasises how well it can move men across a battlefield. An infantry combat vehicle version of the ATOM IFV is also available, which is fitted with anti-tank missile launchers or a 120 mm mortar to increase its firepower in a variety of battle situations. Additional specialised models are ambulances, which provide on-site medical care, and breakdown cars for salvage operations.
Additionally, an armoured police vehicle variant of the ATOM IFV expands its usefulness to law enforcement. Some ATOM IFV variants are specifically made to be airdroppable by Il-76, demonstrating its strategic mobility and versatility in a variety of deployment circumstances, and amphibious, allowing for smooth operations in a variety of terrains.