13 Aug 2022 10:27 pm
The Russian tank 2S25 passed state tests. The vehicle, which has the firepower of a main battle tank and the mobility of an armored personnel carrier, is expected to serve with the airborne troops.
The state test procedure for the modernization of the airborne armored vehicle 2S25 is now complete. This explained in an interview with the news agency RIA Novosti the first deputy head of the state enterprise “Rostec” Vladimir Artyakov in the run-up to the international military-technical forum “ARMU-2022”. He said:
“The state test procedure has already been completed. We expect this model to be designated with the ’01’ character in the near future. The machine can then be put into service.”
The modernized version of the 2S25 is an armored buoyant tracked vehicle armed with a powerful artillery and missile complex. As Artyakov explained, the weapon system is multifunctional. It can be used in mountains, tropical climates and swamp areas, among other things, crossing water without preparation and shooting while swimming. The vehicle, which has a range of around 500 kilometers, can be dropped with a parachute according to its intended purpose.
In terms of firepower, the 2S25 is comparable to the main battle tanks of the types thanks to its 125 mm gun T-80 and T-90 comparable and have a similar mobility as the armored personnel carriers BMD-4M and BMP-3, Artyakov continued. He added:
“This machine has no competition, neither in Russia nor in the world.”
The modernized 2S25 is expected to be used primarily by the Russian Airborne Forces, it was reported RIA Novosti further.