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Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant, part of UralVagonZavod Group belonging to Rostec State Corporation, has developed a mine roller to be installed on "ironclads” — models B10M2S and B12S armored tractors. The B10M2S is an armored bulldozer designed and built by Company Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), a subsidiary of Rostec State Corporation. The bulldozer, which has a maximum weight of 22,800 kg (50,265 lbs), is powered by a 190 hp YaMZ-236 diesel engine, giving it a top speed of 11 km/h (6.8 mph). Tractors with a mine roller are more maneuverable than mine-clearing tanks and have a longer service life, which makes them optimal for humanitarian demining. Production of a prototype mine-clearing tank was scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2019.
Mine roller for “ironclads” is designed for clearance of antipersonnel and anti-tank mines. It is based on the 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 to manufacture and operate 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 an explosion.
According to Sergey Abramov, Industrial Director of Rostec State Corporation, “One of the primary objectives is humanitarian demining. 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 maneuverable than mine-clearing tanks. In addition, due to a simpler design, the clearing device will be cheaper than a tank, which opens up some export prospects, primarily in the African and Asian markets.”
Old, unexploded landmines left behind in previously wartorn areas throughout the world present serious risks to innocent people, prompting widespread efforts to remediate them. This new mine roller device is a joint project of the designers of Special Dual-Purpose Equipment Development Center of Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant and Stankomash.
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