понедельник, 22 июля 2013 г.

In Fire and In Water

At Russia Arms EXPO 2013 (RAE 2013), the IX International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment, and Ammunition, the Design Bureau of Transport Machinery will present its PTS-4 tracked transporter and the SPM special firefighting vehicle.
Armed forces have always relied on amphibious vehicles; they are used not only by engineer and pontoon units to cross water obstacles, but also by marines and paratroopers. Development of the PTS-4 began in 2009 by appointment of Russia's Defense Ministry, and the vehicle passed state trials in 2011. The new amphibious transport vehicle is expected to be included in the state defense order for year 2014.


The PTS-4 utilizes stock components from current tanks: tracks and torsion bars from the T-80 and clutches and gearbox from the T-72. The vehicle is designed to take across water obstacles artillery systems, infantry fighting vehicles, APCs, tow trucks, cars, personnel, and various cargo. The PTS-4 is powered by an 840-horsepower tank engine; its off-road capability is similar to that of the T-80 tank. With a weight of just over 33 tons, the PTS-4 has very high cargo capacity: 12 tons on land and 18 tons on water, with a top speed of 60 km/h and 15 km/h, respectively.


Another exhibit from the Omsk-based factory will be a special firefighting vehicle designed to fight fires and carry out rescue operations in arsenals, warehouses, and ammunition depots, to clear out passages to fire sites, and to plow fire lines against forest fires. The decision on the need to have such firefighting vehicles at all arsenals, bases, and ammunition depots was taken by the Defense Ministry three years ago, after several cases of munitions exploding in warehouse fires.
The SPM firefighting vehicle was developed and built at Design Bureau of Transport Machinery on the base of the T-72 and T-80 battle tanks for the Defense Ministry of the Russian Federation.
With a maximum weight of 60 tons, the SPM is operated by a crew of three, protected inside an airtight and heat-insulated cabin. An 840-horsepower engine allows the SPM to develop a top speed of 40 km/h on paved roads. The machine carries up to 25 cubic meters of water and fire suppressant. Its pumps can throw water and foam to a maximum distance of 100 meters. A unique feature of the SPM is its ability to be operated remotely, ensuring maximum safety of the personnel in extreme situations.

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