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Experimental armored vehicle Highland Systems / STREIT Storm

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Presentation of the Storm armored vehicle at IDEX-2021


At the IDEX-2021 exhibition, an experimental Storm armored vehicle from Highland Systems and the STREIT Group was presented. The tracked vehicle with anti-bullet protection has a hybrid propulsion system and is said to be capable of solving a wide range of tasks. In addition, the project is interesting for its origin - representatives of several countries participated in its development and implementation.

International project


The development of the original tracked armored vehicle was carried out by a group of Kiev enthusiasts led by Alexander Kuznetsov. The work began several years ago, and soon after that a prototype of a simplified design appeared. This car was tested on land and on the river, after which the development of a full-fledged model with all the necessary qualities and functions continued.

Reportedly, at this stage the work faced financial and organizational problems. The enthusiasts could not find the necessary support in Ukraine, and the project went abroad. For its implementation, Highland Systems was registered in the UK.


Armored vehicle and its creators

Soon the new firm signed a cooperation agreement with STREIT Group from the UAE. Together, the two organizations were able to complete the design work and build an experimental armored vehicle. Now they are testing, and also starting an advertising campaign.

The Ukrainian-British-Emirati origin of the project attracts attention in itself. The methods of its implementation are no less interesting - during the construction of the prototype, products from several other countries were used. So, the armor for the hull was purchased in Finland, the suspension was built on Australian-made units, and the batteries were purchased in China.

The official presentation of the Storm machine took place the other day at the IDEX-2021 exhibition in the UAE. The product was presented to the visitors of the exhibition in a festive atmosphere. Famous actor Steven Seagal was invited to the event as a guest of honor. He spoke well of the car and even expressed his willingness to purchase it for personal use.


Technical innovations


It is alleged that the Storm project uses a number of original ideas and solutions that can provide advantages over other armored vehicles. First of all, we are talking about a hybrid power plant with high performance. The original chassis and other features of the project are also noted.

The experimental Storm vehicle received a recognizable armored hull, providing sufficient buoyancy. The upper part of the hull extends under the cab and open cargo platform. A hybrid power plant was placed at the bottom of the hull. The vehicle's standard armor corresponds to level 1 of the STANAG 4569 standard (non-armor-piercing automatic and rifle bullets or light fragments). The possibility of amplification to level 2 (armor-piercing automatic bullets) is declared.

The power plant is based on a 200 hp diesel engine interlocked with a generator. A pair of 210 kW propulsion motors, connected directly to the drive wheels, are responsible for the movement on land. In the rear of the hull there is a jet propulsion unit with its own 150-kilowatt motor. The vehicle carries batteries of an unknown type and capacity.


The power plant is built on the principle of full electric propulsion: in all modes, rewinding of tracks is provided only by electric motors. In this case, there are three modes of movement. In the first, the joint operation of a diesel generator, batteries and electric motors is realized. In the second, the propulsion motors are powered only by the diesel engine, and in the third they work only with the battery.

The undercarriage includes six twin small diameter road wheels per side. The rollers are interlocked in pairs on trolleys. Each bogie has a trailing arm spring suspension. In the bow there is a steering wheel, in the stern - a driving wheel. The suspension is built with a large clearance of 500 mm.

Two types of caterpillar can be used. The first version has steel tracks, the second (developed in the UAE) uses rubber links. In the latter case, the minimum running noise, high running characteristics and good maintainability are achieved.


It is assumed that the new chassis can be used as a basis for vehicles for various purposes. You can install various equipment and weapons on it. So far, the plans only include the installation of machine guns or light anti-tank missile systems.

Design parameters


The experimental Storm armored vehicle has a length of approx. 5,9 m with a width of 2,9 m and a height of 2,36 m. The curb weight is determined at 8 tons. The payload depends on the route chosen. When driving on land, it is allowed to carry up to 3 tons of cargo, and on water this parameter is reduced to 2 tons. In the current configuration, the prototype carries six people, including the driver.

Using a hybrid power plant, "Storm" on land can reach speeds of up to 140 km / h. The maximum speed in reverse is 20 km / h. A water cannon with a separate engine of significant power provides acceleration up to 30 km / h. The design of the undercarriage allows you to overcome various obstacles on land. The crawler unit has a low specific ground pressure. On the water, the car can withstand waves up to 1,5 m.


Undercarriage close-up

The power plant in hybrid mode allows the car to move on land for 18-36 hours or on water for no more than 4 hours. Using a diesel generator without batteries reduces the operating time to 8,5 hours. Due to the batteries, the car can travel at a speed of no more than 90 km / h up to 3,5 h. Acceleration to maximum speeds will deplete the battery charge in 1-1,5 h.

Features and Benefits


Overall, the Storm project is of some technical interest. The direction of electric and hybrid vehicles for military or dual-use is gradually gaining momentum, and each new project of this kind naturally attracts attention. The development and implementation of various interesting solutions contributes to the emergence of such interest.

The Ukrainian-British-Emirates project "Storm" does not offer any revolutionary new ideas and is based on already known solutions, the correct application of which allows obtaining high driving characteristics and other advantages.


Driver's seat

The Storm is said to perform equally well on land and water. Provides high performance on the road and at rough power. Resistance to waves allows you to use the machine not only on rivers, but also at sea. With all this, high fuel efficiency is achieved. There is also a bulletproof and splinterproof booking.

The possibility of covert work is noted. So, a hybrid car with the engine turned off practically does not make noise and does not unmask itself with thermal radiation. Perhaps the characteristic appearance of the hull was also formed with the need for camouflage in mind. Such capabilities can be used in various operations, including combat.

The possibility of further development of the project is declared. On the basis of the current Shtorm platform, a unified wheeled chassis is being developed. How soon it will be done and shown was not specified.


Aft ramp for loading and landing

Foggy future


The Highland Systems / STREIT Group Storm project is interesting enough, but for now it should not be overestimated. The only prototype is still undergoing testing and development, and the exact results of these processes have not yet been determined. It is not known how soon it will be possible to present a full-fledged multipurpose armored vehicle, ready for mass production and operation in the army.

The commercial prospects of the project are also unclear. Electric cars and hybrids are seen as a promising and important area, but armies continue to rely on power plants of familiar and well-established classes. Interest from non-military customers is also questionable. Only a few structures and organizations may need such a specific technique.

Thus, despite the high marks from the developers, the future of the Storm project remains uncertain. It has a chance to pass tests and interest customers, but another scenario is no less likely, in which a prototype vehicle will remain a hero of exhibitions without commercial prospects.
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  1. Grandfather
    Grandfather 27 February 2021 05: 11
    +8
    outside - "fire", inside - "collective farm" ...
    1. Destiny
      Destiny 27 February 2021 05: 33
      +19
      Inside, yes, it could have been decorated in a more modern way. But wow, such a machine, sympathetic both externally and on the go. I think the military will hardly be interested, maybe in civilian life one of the rich buratinoks will buy himself to play ... ...
      1. Runway
        Runway 27 February 2021 05: 39
        +7
        A citizen of the Russian Federation (and not only) will buy Sigal.
        1. Insurgent
          Insurgent 27 February 2021 08: 19
          +6


          It is noteworthy that Outskirts, due to the presence in the photo, near their Highland Systems / STREIT Group Storm project, actor Steven Seagal, began to inflate the company, about - "participation of a famous actor in an advertising development company"...

          Like this ... You can't even walk nearby.
          Although Segal's interest in such extraordinary projects is well known, and the concept of such a futuristic look just could not fail to attract his attention ...
          1. Bad_gr
            Bad_gr 27 February 2021 12: 02
            +3
            Quote: Insurgent
            Outskirts due to the presence in the photo, near their Highland Systems / STREIT Group Storm project, actor Steven Seagal, began to inflate the company, about - "the participation of a famous actor in an advertising development company" ...

            In general, a Russian was invited for their advertising campaign (Sigal is a citizen of Russia).
            Zrada.
            1. yehat2
              yehat2 4 May 2021 15: 44
              -1
              Segal also collaborates with Kalashnikov for sales in the United States.
          2. Intruder
            Intruder 27 February 2021 21: 49
            +1
            Although Segal's interest in such extraordinary projects is well known, and the concept of such a futuristic look just could not fail to attract his attention ...
            more precisely, the amount in the advertising contract attracted the attention of the "retired" actor!
          3. petroff
            petroff 6 March 2021 08: 42
            0
            And what does Ukraine have to do with it? Arab assembly, parts from all over the world, Canada, Finland, Germany, China.
            The designer was born in the USSR ... Well, for some period of his life he lived in Ukraine ... But his work was not in demand and he went abroad, organized a British Arab enterprise. Ukraine, which side? She is not a customer, and not a manufacturer, or even a supplier of components ...
          4. Petrik66
            Petrik66 12 May 2021 09: 54
            0
            No, Bashirov and Petrov are clearly visible, and in front of both, in special backpacks (Momon 2020) developed by the GRU, they must have dynamite.
      2. Mitroha
        Mitroha 28 February 2021 16: 41
        0
        Quote: Destiny
        , maybe in civilian life one of the rich buratinoks will buy himself to play ...

        Only for a civilian and suitable, well, it can still move along the rear, but there is enough to drive without it
    2. YOUR
      YOUR 27 February 2021 08: 27
      +4
      Looks like a refined and enlarged Tinger
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 27 February 2021 05: 45
    +2
    Our "Kulibins" and "Bentleys" were able to put on the tracks ..... pranksters.
  3. Sahalinets
    Sahalinets 27 February 2021 05: 49
    -3
    I think it's time for the infants to get Steve involved in advertising. Two bottles of vodka and a coupon to Auchan - that's his current price.
  4. vomag
    vomag 27 February 2021 06: 13
    +9
    Seemingly normal, such a Tachan turned out ... you can shoot in films about a distant bright and possibly happy future ... where the world is filled with zomboks with nuclear ash ... and everywhere there is a war for gasoline and not only ...
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 27 February 2021 21: 55
      0
      Seemingly normal, this Tachan turned out ... you can shoot in films about a distant bright and possibly happy future ... where the world is filled with zomboks with nuclear ash
      or, this:
  5. Sasha from Uralmash
    Sasha from Uralmash 27 February 2021 07: 20
    0
    Again, how does it work in the cold, and does it work?
    1. AUL
      AUL 27 February 2021 08: 24
      +3
      Well, yes, it is very critical for the Emirates!
  6. Free wind
    Free wind 27 February 2021 07: 55
    +3
    Cool cars in appearance turned out, the Bedouins may like it. The interior is tightened, now firms such as mud. Of course, the price of the machine will be big, to put it mildly. The characteristics are interesting, but is it possible to stay on the goose on the road at such a speed?
    1. Pashhenko Nikolay
      Pashhenko Nikolay 27 February 2021 09: 10
      +1
      Maybe you can stay on the road. But imagine the damage to one of the tracks at 140 km / h. I can hardly imagine the result.
      1. Free wind
        Free wind 27 February 2021 09: 38
        +2
        Well, the wheel on "SHOT" is also not a fountain.
  7. Ural resident
    Ural resident 27 February 2021 08: 16
    +5
    A beautiful machine, to the dacha to drive it through the woods.
    1. aleks neym_2
      aleks neym_2 27 February 2021 11: 56
      +1
      Eh, a shish kebab with a smoke ... dreams ... but not a general yet - it would still fit ...
    2. SaLaR
      SaLaR 27 February 2021 13: 32
      -1
      I would choose from these good
  8. Lynnot
    Lynnot 27 February 2021 09: 04
    0
    Announced 2500 hp expectedly turned into a 200 hp diesel generator, traction 2 x 210 kW and a 150 kW water cannon ... But a new intrigue appeared -
    The vehicle carries rechargeable batteries of an unknown type and capacity.
    as indicated in the previous announcement - created according to Ukrainian drawings ...
    Due to the batteries, the car can go at a speed of no more than 90 km / h for up to 3,5 hours. Acceleration to maximum speeds will deplete the battery charge in 1-1,5 hours.
    Drive the current to the store on the way if it pulls ...
  9. Viktor Sergeev
    Viktor Sergeev 27 February 2021 09: 06
    0
    In short, useless crap on which you can quietly escape. Another useless craft. Leather chairs and beautiful screens are what you need in a war.
  10. Couchexpert
    Couchexpert 27 February 2021 09: 40
    +3
    Yes, this was already in "The Simpsons"! In the sense, the Americans developed:

    Ripsaw EV3

    And there was an article on VO. But they didn’t bother with the transmission and installed a regular engine of 500-1000 hp. from. without ... unnecessary complications. The prospects are similar: there is no need for an army.
    1. Nestor Vlakhovski
      Nestor Vlakhovski 27 February 2021 11: 48
      0
      The prospects are similar: there is no need for an army.
      Needed, but the competition was won by qinetiq, its drones (with "complications" from a generator and an electric rover) and are supplied to the American army in several versions.
      But this note is about something else, here the technique is obviously not combat and not serial.
    2. Maluck
      Maluck 27 February 2021 13: 31
      0
      I agree. The army needs mules, strong and resilient, capable of carrying a lot of all kinds of shmurdyuk. And this is a type of machine for brutal metrosexuals. And if you add armor to her, then only God knows what will happen in the end.
  11. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 27 February 2021 13: 07
    +3
    Most likely, this is "Tank Grotte 2.0" - a sort of expensive, sophisticated, beautiful and technically close to perfection vanderwaffle, absolutely unprofitable from the point of view of the military economy.
    Hybrid engines imply that the chassis will be VERY expensive, this also has an unpleasant consequence - deterioration of maintainability and expensive spare parts, the battery will also take up space and cost non-acid, given the specificity of the battery, they will have to be placed in a safe area, which, to put it mildly, is not ideal in size. any armored object.
    The question of the relevance of the electric motor in deep off-road conditions also causes some skepticism in me ..
    In general, I think that for an armored car it will be unnecessarily expensive and difficult. So this is what is called a "conceptual demonstrator" or, at best, some representative of the "general's series"
    1. Narak-zempo
      Narak-zempo 27 February 2021 16: 23
      0
      Quote: Knell Wardenheart
      The question of the relevance of the electric motor in deep off-road conditions also causes some skepticism in me

      What's wrong with the electric motor and off-road?
      On the contrary, there are a lot of advantages: it does not stall, you can change the speed with any step, there are no gears and clutches that can be broken / burned under excessive load. Of course, the engines need forced cooling so that they do not overheat at high effort and low revs.
      1. Knell wardenheart
        Knell wardenheart 27 February 2021 17: 26
        +2
        It will not be so not so much with electric motors, but with the practical benefits of a hybrid - off-road driving implies low speeds and high engine power, as far as I understand there will be no special profit from charging with this kind of movement. That is, in conditions approaching hostilities, as far as I understand, the benefits of hybridity will decrease. If everything is filled and charged in advance, then yes, it will be like a clock. But it will be superfluous to rely on recharging while driving on difficult terrain, therefore, the% parasitic mass will in this case play an additional "-" in the ratio of the product's price and its running capabilities. Again, this is off the table.
        1. Nirag013
          Nirag013 27 February 2021 19: 35
          0
          Well, from the point of view of an ordinary soldier, the driver of this "wunderwafe", who will have to service the "progressive" chassis after driving off-road: [censored]!
    2. Intruder
      Intruder 28 February 2021 00: 44
      +1
      given the specifics of the battery, they will have to be placed in a safe area, which, to put it mildly, is not ideal
      a short line of "krupnyak" and BZT, nicely found these unnamed versions of the battery !? wink
  12. Dimide
    Dimide 27 February 2021 13: 11
    0
    As a "concept" it is even nothing, but time will tell what will turn out
  13. Vladimir61
    Vladimir61 27 February 2021 13: 20
    +3
    Not surprisingly, with such a variety and number of engines, the power reserve is not specified at all. For me, this is better than MLTBu from the Gertek company.
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  15. Victorio
    Victorio 27 February 2021 13: 54
    0
    like nothing. Arabs, then, why should she, perhaps sheikhs drive through the dunes.
    1. ROSS_51
      ROSS_51 30 March 2021 01: 48
      0
      Quote: Victorio
      like nothing. Arabs, then, why should she, perhaps sheikhs drive through the dunes.

      Good question, what for the Arabs is a floating armored boat on a tracked chassis with hybrid engines?
      It will not work for the army, not a word has been said about mine protection, without the appropriate level of which not a single cart will get into the army now ..
  16. Narak-zempo
    Narak-zempo 27 February 2021 16: 12
    0
    The designers have clearly revisited the Batman films.
  17. evgen1221
    evgen1221 27 February 2021 21: 19
    +2
    Well, with the high marks of the fallen star invited for PR, everything is clear (paid, sing). But what will the military be interested in this show carrier? Electric transmission? (Well, this is also familiar from feda (ferdinant). But otherwise it is more and nothing unremarkable. Yes, and for sale to sheikhs, gold, leather and glamor somehow in the cabin regretted (and without these most important (design features), this pipelac should not be sold to the Saudis, and others do not really need it.
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 28 February 2021 00: 45
      +2
      And the rest is more and nothing unremarkable. And for the sale to sheikhs, gold, leather and glamor were somehow regretted in the salon
      they forgot to dust the gilding on the rinks ... laughing
  18. ANB
    ANB 27 February 2021 23: 31
    +2
    Does a 200-horse diesel engine accelerate a tracked vehicle to 140 km / h?
    More than 15 knots on the water on an amphibian?
    And a hybrid on tracks.
    As the characteristics with physics are not very friendly.
    I have a diesel worth 200 horses in my car. But this is a passenger car.
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 28 February 2021 00: 48
      +2
      I have just 200 diesel horses in my car
      there is just not enough electric transmission and a water cannon with a 150 kW motor !?winked
      1. ANB
        ANB 28 February 2021 01: 02
        0
        ... that's just not enough electric transmission and water cannon, with a motor of 150 kW!? winked

        Yeah. More caterpillars and a couple (or more) tons of weight :)
        1. Intruder
          Intruder 28 February 2021 05: 44
          0
          More caterpillars and a couple (or more) tons of weight :)
          forgot about composite armor ... ??? hi
  19. Hog
    Hog 28 February 2021 13: 42
    0
    A toy for the rich, no more.
  20. lelik613
    lelik613 1 March 2021 04: 55
    0
    Absolutely low-tech body, consisting of many welded seams and a suspension that is outdated a hundred years ago.
  21. Basarev
    Basarev April 6 2021 11: 47
    0
    Well, what's wrong with that? Not even better than the old BMP-2.
  22. Iron Felix
    Iron Felix April 18 2021 17: 56
    0
    In form, this contraption reminds me of an illustration for the book "The Land of Crimson Clouds". True, two or three times less than there.