MOSCOW, May 14. /TASS/. A modernised version of the Sprut-SD self-propelled gun for the Russian Airborne Forces will be released by the end of the current year, First Vice President and co-owner of Concern Tractor Plants (CTP) Albert Bakov told TASS on Thursday.
"The Sprut-SD gun modernisation is in full swing. I’m sure we’ll be able to complete the work this year," the CTP representative said.
Bakov said that the upgraded gun will have better protection and mobility, and its fire control system will surpass the T-90 tank system.
Previously, CTP intended to launch the production of trial samples of the modernised Sprut gun in the fourth quarter of 2014. The research and development contract was concluded in late 2013.
The Concern Tractor Plants Manufacturing Group is Russia’s largest producer of facilities and spare parts for light and heavy engineering and off-road machinery. The holding company’s products are used in key industries within Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as on a worldwide basis.
The manufacturing group operates numerous design and production facilities in Russia’s eight regions, as well as in Germany, Denmark, Austria and Malaysia. Operational management is performed at the holding company’s headquarters in Cheboksary, Russia. Within this organisational structure, Concern Tractor Plants produces manufacturing equipment, agricultural machinery, spare parts, OEM parts, railroad machinery and special-purpose machinery.