2T Stalker

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2T Stalker
Type armored reconnaissance vehicle
Place of origin Belarus
Service history
In service prototype
Used by Belarusian Army
Production history
Manufacturer Minotor Service Enterprise
Number built 2
Specifications
Weight 27.4 tons
Length 7.680 meters
Width 3.386 meters
Height 2.510 meters
Crew 3+2 (+ 1)

Main
armament
30 mm automatic cannon 2A42 (500 rounds)
1 x AGS-17[1] 30 mm grenade launcher (166 rounds)
Secondary
armament
1 x 7.62 mm machine gun (2000 rounds)
2 x 4 9K114 Shturm anti-tank missiles[1]
2 x 9K38 Igla anti-aircraft missiles[1]
Engine diesel engine
740 hp
Power/weight 24.5 hp/metric ton
Transmission Allison DDA X-1100-3B
Suspension hydropneumatic
Operational
range
1000 km
Speed Road: 95 km/h

The 2T Stalker, also known as BM-2T Stalker, is an armoured vehicle used by the Belarusian Army.

Armament[edit]

Fire Control System[edit]

The vehicle incorporates a multi-channel day/night optical electronic suit.[1][2]

Weapons[edit]

The weapon set of the 2T Stalker comprises a stabilized 30 mm caliber automatic cannon, a coaxial machine gun, an automatic grenade launcher, as well as four ready missiles; two anti-aircraft and two anti-tank missiles.[3][4]

Main and coaxial guns[edit]

The 2T Stalker comprises a 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42 as the main armament, as announced in 2001.[5] The gas-operated gun is a dual feed multipurpose small caliber weapon,[5][6] that has a dual rate of fire with a minimum rate of 200-300 or 550 rounds per minute (rds/min), where the rapid fire mode assures 800 rds/min.[5][7] The sustained rate of fire is 200 rds/min, though.[6] The gun is intended for engaging materiel, low flying aircraft, light vehicles, and dismounted infantry.[5][6][7] With a muzzle velocity of 960 m/s,[6][7] the gun is capable of defeating a light Armored Personnel Carrier at a range of 1,500 meters, a soft-skinned vehicle at 4,000 meters, and slow-flying aircraft at altitudes up to 2,000 meters and slant ranges of up to 2,500 meters.[5]

The coaxial gun for the vehicles is a 7.62 mm caliber machine gun.[1]

Grenade launcher[edit]

The AGS-17 Plamya (Russian: Пламя) is a Soviet-designed automatic grenade launcher currently in production in the Russian Federation and in service worldwide. Nickname Plamya means ‘flame’.

Retractable launchers[edit]

The missile armament of the Stalker consists of two retractable launchers each with two missile launchers. Inside the vehicle, are four missiles, bringing the total number of missiles to six.[1] Typically, each retractable launcher is specific for a type of missiles, the right one firing Anti-Air missiles, while the left one firing Anti-Armor missiles.

Anti-Tank Missiles (AT-6 Spiral)[edit]

The 9K114 Shturm (NATO reporting name is AT-6 SPIRAL) is a tube-launched, SACLOS antitank guided missile.[8] The missile has replaced the older 3M11 Falanga (AT-2 SWATTER) on the Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter, yet the SACLOS system with IR missile tracking, and radio guidance, similar to the uprated version of the SWATTER, the AT-2c, operates the same as the AT-4 SPIGOT and AT-5 SPANDLER which unlike the AT-6 SPIRAL are wire-guided.[8] The AT-6 is said to be a laser-guided missile based on/ version of the American Hellfire missile,[9] however, that is as incorrect as erroneous crediting of the missile with 7,000-10,000 meters as the maximum rage.[8] The AT-6 missile is a 130mm caliber tube launched, Semi-Automatic Command to Line-Of-Sight (SACLOS) Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) that can engage targets within 400-5,000 meters.[10][11] The conventional shaped-charge warhead of the basic Shturm is believed to ba capable of penetrating 560-600mm of armor,[11][12] where the warhead that contains two tandem HEAT charges would punch through 600–700 mm of rolled homogenous steel armor (RHE).[8][13]

Anti-Air missiles (SA-18 Grouse)[edit]

The 9K38 Igla (NATO reporting name is S-18 Grouse) is a 72.2mm man-portable air defense missile weighting 10.6 kilograms with a 1.3 kilogram warhead.[14] The missile itself is 1.67 meters long, the container is 1.708 meters and the whole system weights 17 kilograms.[15][16] The system is designed to engage fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, cruise missiles and UAVs flying at speeds of 360–400 m/s in head-on engagement (approaching target) and up to 320 m/s in tail chase (receding target) within their optical visibility and in the night-time conditions in background clutter and thermal countermeasures environment.[16] [17] The system uses thermal battery/gas bottle, and is armed with a high-explosive warhead fitted with a contact and grazing fuse. The missile has a maximum range of 5200 meters and operates at altitudes from ten and up to 3500 meters. The 9M39 missile SA-18 employs an IR (infrared) guidance system using proportional convergence logic. The new seeker offers better protection against electro-optical jammers; the probability of kill against an unprotected fighter is estimated at 30-48%, and the use of IRCM jammers only degrades this to 24-30%.[18]

Comparable vehicles[edit]

Infantry Fighting Vehicles[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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