11 January 2019 – Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, part of UralVagonZavod Group belonging to Rostec State Corporation, has developed a mine roller to be installed to the “ironclads” — models B10M2S and B12S of armoured tractors. Tractors with a mine roller are more manoeuvrable than mine-clearing tanks and have a longer service life, which makes them optimal for humanitarian de-mining. The production of a prototype mine-clearing tank is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019.
Mine roller for “ironclads” is designed for clearance of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines. It is based on TMT-S clearing device, which has been reworked to make the construction more lightweight and equipped with a newly created special coupling. Mine-clearing tractors will be more economically profitable than mine-clearing tanks, as the tractors are considerably cheaper than the tanks. All necessary changes will be made in the design of the new machines to protect the crew from shrapnel in case of explosion.
“After a standstill, one of the primary objectives is humanitarian de-mining. It is required to ensure safety and clean the terrain and facilities from explosives. For these purposes, it is more efficient to use mine-clearing tractors, which are smaller, lighter and more manoeuvrable than mine-clearing tanks. In addition, due to a simpler design, the clearing device will be cheaper than the one of a tank, which opens up some export prospects, primarily in the African and Asian markets,” said the Industrial Director of Rostec State Corporation Sergey Abramov.
The new unit is a joint project of the designers of Special Dual-Purpose Equipment Development Centre of Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant and Stankomash.
Rostec continues implementing an ambitious weapons cluster development program in accordance with the approved strategy, the main objectives of which are revenue growth by an average of 17% in ruble equivalent by 2025, improvement of operating efficiency, and entering the world markets.
Rostec is a Russian state corporation established in 2007 to promote the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civil and military applications. The corporation comprises over 700 organisations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military-industrial complex and three holding companies working in the civilian industry, as well as over 80 directly managed organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO AVISMA, UralVagonZavod, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 constituent entities of the Russian Federation and supply products to more than 100 countries. The consolidated revenue of Rostec in 2017 amounted to 1 trillion 589 billion rubles, while the consolidated net income and EBITDA amounted to 121 and 305 billion rubles, correspondingly. In 2017 the average salary in the Corporation was 46.8 thousand rubles. According to Rostec’s strategy, the main objective of the Corporation is to ensure that Russia has a technological advantage in highly competitive global markets. Rostec’s key objectives include the introduction of a new techno-economic paradigm and digitalisation of the Russian economy.