Stalker surfaces from Belarus
By Christopher F Foss
part in the daily mobility demonstration at IDEX 2001 is the 2T
Stalker combat reconnaissance vehicle, which is claimed to have
a number of advanced features.
Built by the Minotor Service Unitary Enterprise of Belarus, the
vehicle has been under development for several years, with the
prototype running for the first time late last year. Although
developed as a private venture, the local army is understood to
have an initial requirement for a first batch of 30 vehicles.
It is also being offered on the export market, its long range
making it especially suitable for operations in the Middle East.
The 2T Stalker is being promoted as a dedicated long-range reconnaissance
system with a maximum top speed of 95km/h and a maximum range
of 1,000km. Some of the chassis and automotive components are
those used in the 2S6 self-propelled gun/missile air defence system
which, as well as being used by Russia, has also been sold to
It has a crew of three, consisting of driver, commander and gunner.
The vehicle is armed with a stabilised 30mm cannon and 7.62mm
co-axial machine gun, which is aimed by the
commander or gunner using
an advanced day/night sighting system that also incorporates a
The day/night sighting system is used to lay and fire the weapons,
and also for surveillance and target tracking, with the
information being automatically relayed to a higher command post.
The 2T is also fitted with two retractable launchers, one for
two fire-and-forget surface-to-air missiles, the other for two
anti-tank guided missiles. A 30mm grenade launcher is fitted,
plus a quantity of anti-tank mines that are laid manually.
Combat survivability is enhanced by the incorporation of stealth
characteristics, including careful shaping of the hull with no
sharp edges and the use of special paint.
|The new 2T Stalker reconnaissance vehicle is
making its debut at IDEX 2001