The Army-2019 forum became the opening test for the first version, a special-purpose vehicle armed with a machinegun. It was presented to the wide audience in the demonstration hall in Alabino. The second version, a multipurpose vehicle, has two configurations, three- and five-doored. These rovers are included in the MIC exhibit.
Purpose of Athletes is similar to that of the mass-produced Tigers, i.e. transportation of personnel and military cargo, as well as some other missions (the vehicles can be equipped with weapons or other military hardware).
The key difference of Athlete from its Ďkid brotherí is improved protection class. In the basic configuration, the crew module corresponds to security class 5 by GOST and class 2 by OTT standards. Strengthening up to class 6 (GOST) and class 3 (OTT) is possible optionally.
Improved mine protection is worth mentioning separately. Athlete withstands explosion of a projectile equivalent to 2 kg of TNT. For Tiger, an explosion stronger than 600 g is critical. Another feature of Athlete is anti-trauma seats home-designed by MIC.
In addition, Athlete is powered by a new mightier diesel engine. After increase of the roverís weight, this allowed preserving Tigerís cross-country capability and maximum speed.
"As a new generation of Tigers, the vehicle was designed under the defense contract. That is why the basic configuration of Athlete has mechanical transmission. Optionally, we can install an automatic gearbox, too, which is typical primarily among foreign customers. We do have such an expertise, as we used to export Tigers abroad", Sergey Suvorov, a press officer at MIC told Mil.Press Today. "Sure, the rover has trials ahead, but I believe Athlete will prove itself just like Tiger".The Army-2019 Fifth International Military & Technical Forum will take place in June 25-30 at Patriot Congress & Expo Center, at Alabino Range and Kubinka Airbase. The forum will be open for experts in June 26-27, and for mass visitors in June 28-30.
Mil.Press publishes the news about the exhibitionís display in the section Army Forum.