"Andromeda" without nebula: amphibious tanks went online
Armored airborne units are connected to an automated control system
Roman Kretzul Aleksey Ramm
T-72B3 tanks, which the Airborne Forces received last year, have been upgraded. Now the machines are equipped with Andromeda automated control system (ACS) terminals: each tank is built into a single information network and can transmit information about targets and its state to the command. According to experts, this will increase not only the effectiveness, but also the autonomy of the regiments and airborne brigades.
To this day, only the Armata family vehicles in service with the combined-arms units were integrated into the Andromeda system, told Izvestia in the military department. T-72B3 tanks, which entered service with amphibious units last year, are a profound modernization of the Soviet combat vehicle. Tankers appreciate them for their high reliability, maneuverability and fire capabilities, but until recently they acted in the old manner - receiving radio communications commands.
The automated system "Andromeda" covers all levels of control: from an individual soldier or machine to the commander of the Airborne Forces. The subunit commander can set the task online by marking a dot on the electronic map. The subordinate will see on his terminal the direction of movement and data on targets transmitted from intelligence units. The system itself will perform the calculation of coordinates, taking into account the corrections for weather conditions. "Andromeda" covers various assault forces, which allows you to quickly transfer information about the enemy, including artillery, which will receive the coordinates in finished form.
The tank integrated into the system can also transmit in real time information about the crew and its condition: damage, ammunition consumption, fuel remaining. This allows tankers not to be distracted once again on the radio exchange, and the command is to quickly decide to withdraw the vehicle from the battlefield or correct the task for it.
“Andromeda” is a successful ACS, which showed high combat effectiveness, said military expert Vladislav Shurygin. The system can now use all units of the Airborne Forces. Connecting to her tank forces dramatically increases the power of fire support of paratroopers.
“The system makes it possible to significantly reduce decision-making times,” Vladislav Shurygin told Izvestia. “Thanks to her, the speed of strikes and forward strikes increases.” The inclusion of a tank component in the system increases the effectiveness of fire support for paratroopers. The high speed of data processing and transmission allows divisions to be more mobile and, accordingly, less to be under fire.