In Russia perform firing exercises of new Sprut-SDM1 airborne light tank at the Struga Krasnie range in Pskov region, according by military-informant.com.
The Sprut-SDM1 is an airborne self-propelled tank destroyer or light tank developed and manufactured by the Russian defence company, Volgograd tractor factory joint stock company. Airborne light tank was designed for the Russian airborne troops.
The first version of the 2S25 Sprut-SD was based on a chassis using the technology of BMD-3 / BMD-4airborne infantry armoured vehicle, the new version, the Sprut-SDM1 uses components of the BMD-4Mchassis as well as the same engine.
The Sprut-SDM1 able to destroy main battle tanks and armoured vehicles. The main armament of the Sprut-SDM1 is the same as the previous version, but the vehicle is fitted with a new fire control system and new panoramic sight mounted to the rear top side of the turret. The panoramic sight is similar to the system used on the T-90MS main battle tank.
The Volgograd tractor factory will present a series of trial on state tests in 2017 and the production of the new Sprut-SDM1 could be started in the beginning of 2018.