Mobile reconnaissance point PRP-4A "Argus"

For effective artillery strikes, accurate target coordinates and fire adjustment are required. In this case, the artillery gets the opportunity not only to attack the target, but also to correct the mistakes made, covering it with a new volley. Over the past few decades, so-called “military forces” have been used in the domestic ground forces. mobile reconnaissance points of several models, whose task is to find targets for artillery and adjust fire during combat. The newest representative of this family is the Argus PRP-XNUMHA.


The mobile reconnaissance point PDP-4A "Argus" is a further development of the family of such equipment and is a modernized version of the PDP-4М "Deuterium", which has been widely spread in the ground forces. In connection with the need to improve the characteristics of the reconnaissance point, primarily the range and the probability of detecting various targets, a new draft PDP-4A was developed. The main difference of the new machine for spotters is the updated composition of the target equipment.

The Argus project was developed by the Rubtsovsk branch of the Uralvagonzavod corporation (the former Rubtsovsk machine-building plant). Works on this project, according to available data, started in the second half of the last decade. The finished model of a promising machine was first shown to the general public at the Russia Arms Expo in 2013. Subsequently, the mobile reconnaissance point was tested and put into service.


General view of the PDP-4A "Argus". Photo Uvzrmz.ru


Like the previous vehicles of the family, the mobile reconnaissance point of the PDP-4 "Argus" is based on the BMP-1 / 2 chassis. The base machine receives a new turret with a set of special equipment and simplified weapons. In addition, part of the equipment for searching for targets and data processing is mounted in the troop compartment. The rest of the base chassis does not undergo any noticeable changes and retains the main characteristics at the level of the BMP-1.

During the construction of an artillery reconnaissance vehicle, the main features of the chassis are preserved. For this reason, PRP-4А has anti-bullet reservation and is protected only from small weapons. The layout of the body corresponds to the base BMP-1 / 2. The UTD-20C1 diesel engine with 300 horsepower is located in the front of the hull. and manual transmission, transmitting torque to the front drive wheels. Behind the engine is the workplace of the driver, behind which there is a fighting compartment with weapons and part of special equipment. Other equipment is placed in the stern of the hull.

In terms of size and weight of the PDP-4A, the Argus hardly differs from the relatively old BMP. The combat weight of this machine is 13,8 t. Due to the preservation of the “old” engine, the new machine does not differ in its mobility from the base BMP. The maximum speed on the highway is declared at the level of 65 km / h, the power reserve is 550 km. If necessary, the reconnaissance point can cross water obstacles by swimming at a speed of up to 7 km / h. Movement through the water is carried out by rewinding the tracks. At the same time, special shields in the rear of the hull increase the thrust generated by the stream of discarded water.

On the chase of the corps it is proposed to mount the tower with weapons and a set of special equipment. The tower machine PRP-4А is a modified version of the combat module BMP-1. In front of the tower, made in the form of a low truncated cone, mounted machine gun and smoke grenade launchers. On the sides and the roof are several armor covers with special equipment to monitor the situation and search for targets.


Intelligence point and its crew. Photo Eurasian-defense.ru


The machine "Argus" should not engage in open battle with the enemy, because of which it has only light weapons for self-defense. In the frontal part of the tower, it is proposed to mount a PKTM machine gun of 7,62 caliber mm with 1000 ammunition ammunition. Also in case of detection by the enemy machine has several smoke grenade launchers, located on the sides of the machine gun. All this equipment allows the crew to leave the danger zone under the protection of a smoke screen or engage in battle with the enemy infantry. Also, to protect against detection, the machine can be equipped with camouflage nets and special heat shields, reducing visibility for various media.

The crew of the PDP-4A has a set of various means for monitoring the environment. As a simplified means of observation, two periscopic devices should be used on the roof of the tower. At the same time, the main tools for finding targets and determining their coordinates are two other devices, the opto-electronic units of which are located in housings on the sides of the tower. It is proposed to monitor the situation and visual search for targets using the 1PN125 active-impulse device and the 1PNX126 thermal imager.

If necessary, the crew of the Argus can deploy a remote observation point. For this purpose it is proposed to use a set of special optical-electronic equipment carried by the machine. Thus, it becomes possible to more effectively track the terrain and search for targets.

In the aft part of the tower, an armor cover with a lifting cover is provided, in which a retractable antenna of the radar station is carried in the stowed position. As an all-weather surveillance tool capable of working at any time of the day, PDP-4А uses 1Л120-1 radar. This system provides an overview of the large sector of the front hemisphere and is capable of detecting enemy armored vehicles, structures and other objects.

The maximum detection and recognition range depends on the type of target and equipment used, as well as on a number of other factors. For example, a tank-type target, standing in an open area without any means of camouflage, can be seen during the day at a distance of 8 km. When using thermal imaging equipment, the detection range of such an object is reduced to 3 km. An enemy tank, covered by a camouflage net and not standing out against the terrain in the infrared, can be detected from a distance of 2 km. The radar station does not depend on the time of day or weather conditions, so the range of detection of moving tanks always exceeds 12 km.

Mobile reconnaissance point PRP-4A "Argus"
Tower machine "Argus". Visible optical instruments and a radar antenna. Photo Vestnik-rm.ru


Accurate determination of the distance to the target is made using a radar or laser rangefinder. The distance to tanks, armored vehicles or other objects of similar size is determined by the range finder at distances up to 10 km. In the case of high-rise buildings or large elements of the landscape, the maximum measurement range of this device is increased to 25 km.

The location of the detected object is determined with a sufficiently high accuracy. The median error in determining the coordinates of the target when using optical-electronic systems does not exceed 20 m. For 1L120-1 radar, this parameter reaches 40 m.

To calculate its own coordinates and the exact location of the found target, the ARPUS XEP-4A is equipped with a navigation system and a set of special equipment. Automation takes into account all the parameters, such as its own location, direction to the target and the distance to it, and then calculates the coordinates of the detected object. Data on the target is transmitted to the command post of artillery. The electronic equipment of a mobile reconnaissance point allows you to process and store information about the situation on the battlefield. Available communications provide data transmission over a distance of 50 km. It takes about 2 minutes to switch on all the equipment and transfer the machine from the traveling to the combat position.

The complex of the targeted equipment of the PRP-4A machine allows you to monitor the terrain and search for various targets, and after detecting them, issue target designation of artillery. In addition, the crew of the "Argus" can carry out the adjustment of artillery fire, reporting on the necessary amendments. If the enemy detects a mobile reconnaissance point, it can respond with a machine-gun fire or leave under the cover of a smoke screen.


PRP-4A, rear view. Photo Vestnik-rm.ru


At the beginning of this decade, the Rubtsovsk Machine-Building Plant built several prototypes of the PRP-4A reconnaissance center and conducted their tests. According to the results of tests, the new machine for the ground forces was recommended for adoption and series production.

Serial production of reconnaissance machines such as PRP-4A "Argus" started a few years ago. The first production vehicles were handed over to the troops back in 2012. In 2013, a number of intelligence points were transferred to parts of the Southern Military District. In the autumn of the same year, this technique took part in the exercises of rocket troops and artillery, where it was used to search for targets day and night.

During 2013 and 2014, the Rubtsovsk enterprise built a certain amount of reconnaissance equipment, which was transferred to parts of the Southern and Western Military Districts. In February, 2015 received new equipment in the Central Military District. In March, intelligence officers of the Central Military District were brought to the next training exercise, during which they were given the opportunity to try out new equipment in practice.

Not so long ago, all those who wished could watch the work of the mobile reconnaissance points of the RPP-4A “Argus”. This equipment took an active part in the exponential program of the recent exhibition Russia Arms Expo 2015. During artillery firing at a conditional enemy, the Argus reconnaissance vehicle assisted by self-propelled artillery installations 2C19 Msta-S assisted the enemy. They conducted a search for targets, gave target designation to the gunners, and monitored the results of the shooting.

Over time, the mobile reconnaissance points of the RPP-4A "Argus" should become the main means of observation and reconnaissance in the interests of artillery. Within a few years, this technique must completely replace the remaining in the army machine family PRP-4 previous modifications. Due to the use of a number of new equipment, modern reconnaissance points are superior in their characteristics and efficiency to existing equipment of this class and are able to fully accomplish the tasks assigned, supplying artillery with information about targets.


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  1. insafufa 21 September 2015 07: 09 New
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    Further incarnation of PRP-3 recourse I am not happy with her weak weapons ate legs carried away in Chechnya. In the event of getting into a delicate situation, it will not work out from the point. I traveled all over the Caucasus on it and every time as the last.
    1. Alexey RA 21 September 2015 12: 45 New
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      Quote: insafufa
      Further incarnation of PRP-3 recourse I am not happy with her weak weapons ate legs carried away in Chechnya. In the event of getting into a delicate situation, it will not work out from the point. I traveled all over the Caucasus on it and every time as the last.

      The problem is that if we strengthen the armament, then 146% commanders will use the PRP as an IFV. Hammer nails with a laser rangefinder.

      It is not necessary to strengthen armaments, but to establish interaction. So that motorized riflemen understand: PDP is their best friend and comrade, and their survival depends on whether PDP is alive. Because without it there will be no normal art support: artillery will hit somewhere there, based on fuzzy landmarks issued by the infantry. And without artillery, on the same rifleman and BMP cannons, you can’t hold out for long.
      1. insafufa 21 September 2015 12: 58 New
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        Quote: Alexey RA
        Quote: insafufa
        Further incarnation of PRP-3 recourse I am not happy with her weak weapons ate legs carried away in Chechnya. In the event of getting into a delicate situation, it will not work out from the point. I traveled all over the Caucasus on it and every time as the last.

        The problem is that if we strengthen the armament, then 146% commanders will use the PRP as an IFV. Hammer nails with a laser rangefinder.

        It is not necessary to strengthen armaments, but to establish interaction. So that motorized riflemen understand: PDP is their best friend and comrade, and their survival depends on whether PDP is alive. Because without it there will be no normal art support: artillery will hit somewhere there, based on fuzzy landmarks issued by the infantry. And without artillery, on the same rifleman and BMP cannons, you can’t hold out for long.

        I already wrote about this
        Quote: insafufa
        Yes, it’s unnecessary for him to have a 30mm gun; it’s enough to install a 12,7 mm machine gun to increase the combat efficiency in the tower, for him there is enough space there for ammunition


        Our command also said that it was necessary to put on it a 12,7mm machine gun in exchange for a 7,62mm pct and this was necessary for self-defense, and not for participation in a battle as an IFV.
        with a strong crosswind from the point it is not realistic to fire at a tank-dangerous target.
        From my experience I will say that for the spirits we were the main goal, they were not distracted by BMP2, preferring to immediately moisten the PRP. PRP this machine for action in combat formations of motorized infantry. And in the situation when they beat out of all the cracks and from everywhere your chances tend to 0%.
        1. cosmos111 21 September 2015 16: 36 New
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          Quote: insafufa
          PRP this machine for action in combat formations of motorized infantry. And in the situation when they beat out of all the cracks and from everywhere your chances tend to 0%.


          THAT is what T.GSh needs (Armata platform))

          for defense of 12,7 and 40 mm AGS,
          1. voyaka uh 21 September 2015 17: 48 New
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            We have an artillery spotter officer planted in Merkava-4.
            Closely, it a little interferes with the shooter, but can calmly work on the
            leading edge under dense fire.
            1. anti-Semite 21 September 2015 20: 22 New
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              but not more logical to use Namer? armored protection at the tank level and more space for work and equipment? or azahrit at worst?
      2. cosmos111 21 September 2015 16: 47 New
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        Quote: Alexey RA
        It’s not necessary to strengthen armaments,

        Ah, the bourgeois-STRENGTHEN ......

        Scout Specialist Vehicle (SV)
        basic version of 34 tons, with extra armor up to 42 tons ...
        armament 40-mm gun in the DBM, firing range up to 2,5 km and rate of fire 180-200 rounds per minute, coaxial 7,62-mm machine gun ...
      3. gladcu2 21 September 2015 18: 56 New
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        Alexey RA

        You have the correct logic. I’m at least a civilian, but I definitely see. Powerful idiots who first do, and then give much more than necessary.

        As a rule, the last argument of a powerful idiot is the phrase “can you try?”. Not long before that this attempt may be the last.
  2. ivanovbg 21 September 2015 07: 51 New
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    I like the car, if there were more modern equipment in the troops. Only about the crew did not say anything.
    1. okko077 6 February 2017 22: 42 New
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      Well, here's one example of a dead end in the development of military equipment. Instead of a combat information mini-system (combat information link, as an element of a combat information system), an UAV-artillery system is a bunch of scrap metal that also provides for direct combat contact with the enemy and the possibility of losing a crew. Only stupid senility can develop by inertia such junk for modern warfare. And they will not turn on the locator - death at once.
      What systems are needed for modern warfare? This UAV with a radius of action of 30 km, transmitting an image in real time, with the ability to determine the coordinates of the target. Information is transmitted to the control panel of the operator of the observer of the reconnaissance vehicle, where the UAV control operator is also located. This signal is relayed to the general information system and to the weapon control system of the artillery system - in this case, the MSTU.
      although taking into account the firing range of the MST, the UAV control machine can stand nearby and connect with a cable, as an option ... The coordinates of the target are entered into the computer and knowing the own coordinates and orientation of the gun, aiming angles are worked out. After checking the nature of the target and confirming, the ACS operator gives a signal to fire and sees the results of the fire, if necessary, makes adjustments ....
      Everything is simple and easy. No need to threaten life by yelling on the phone, raping a radio station, losing precious seconds, and smearing at the expense of an elementary delay in the time to make a decision.
      There is none of this. The bearded have left and there will never be a victory in Syria. A prize for miserable backwardness, although the developers have nothing to do with it. Here others with general epaulets and stupid outdated thinking are to blame.
      Hard? But we are military and used to call a spade a spade!
      1. Cat man null 6 February 2017 23: 00 New
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        Quote: okko077
        But we are military

        - you? laughing good
        - in what place are you ... military (address to the fighter usually ... if the jamb is behind him) ... Operator
        - Tell me more about network-centric wars, yeah ... I look forward to good
        1. okko077 6 February 2017 23: 53 New
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          I’m talking about them, about these wars. The operator of the combat information control center is the main protagonist of the modern war ... Wait? And I already told you about the military, don’t you remember? Hello to you from VV3 and Vo3.
          1. Cat man null 6 February 2017 23: 55 New
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            Quote: okko077
            Hello to you from VV3 and Vo3

            - and who is it? I don’t remember such ... sclerosis, probably :)

            Quote: okko077
            The operator of the combat information control center ...

            - Yes, they work in this direction that you are so tense ... the same Armata T-14 is an extremely funny machine in this regard yes

            Okay. I did not quarrel with you stop
  3. m262 21 September 2015 07: 59 New
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    Well, if you put 30mm in the tower. 2A42 + ammunition, how much space will remain for reconnaissance and topographic equipment ??? KSHMke greatly interferes with the lack of weapons ???
    1. insafufa 21 September 2015 08: 41 New
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      Yes, it’s unnecessary for him to have a 30mm gun; it’s enough to install a 12,7 mm machine gun to increase the combat efficiency in the tower, for him there is enough space there for ammunition
  4. infantryman2020 21 September 2015 09: 11 New
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    Tower - the development of the tower is not BMP-1, but BRM-1K. Accordingly, the shoulder strap as in the BRM-1K.
  5. rudolff 21 September 2015 09: 35 New
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    And not a word about the UAV. Not provided? Still, the 21st century is in the yard, and the reconnaissance vehicle is not capable of air observation. If only with a quadrocopter equipped.
    1. cosmos111 21 September 2015 10: 59 New
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      Quote: rudolff
      And not a word about the UAV. Not provided? Still, 21 century in the yard, and a reconnaissance machine without the possibility of aerial surveillance

      "Bumblebee-1" - short-range UAV, designed for reconnaissance in the tactical depth ....

      Designed by OKB. A.S. Yakovleva in the 1982 year, on the basis of the experience of studying the combat use of Israeli UAVs in the 1982 war ... the first flight in the 1983. 50 pre-production “Bee” UAVs were built for trial operation for reconnaissance, electronic warfare and relay equipped with a pneumatic landing shock absorber ...

      the ground part of the complex includes an integrated launch and control station, placed on the tracked chassis of the BMD-1 landing assault vehicle, UAV and mobile service station ...


      in the USSR, there were technologies at the level of the most respite of world standards ....
  6. Walking 21 September 2015 10: 50 New
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    Base BMP-1, and why not on the basis of BMP-3.
    1. alex56 21 September 2015 11: 32 New
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      Probably because there are more of them. Yes, and less they are "tricked out." So the alteration is cheaper and faster.
  7. van zai 21 September 2015 12: 49 New
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    Quadcopter tethered is not enough. In general, such machines over the hill have not been made for a long time. All equipment fits in a jeep. Well, there are enough UAVs. Well, if it’s completely hidden, then everything will fit in a regular BMP or armored personnel carrier.
    1. cdrt 30 March 2016 02: 09 New
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      Quote: van zai
      Quadcopter tethered is not enough. In general, such machines over the hill have not been made for a long time. All equipment fits in a jeep. Well, there are enough UAVs. Well, if it’s completely hidden, then everything will fit in a regular BMP or armored personnel carrier.


      Hmm ... M7 FIST and M1131 FSV, available in each American baht in the amount of 4 pieces, quietly cried aside
  8. Geser 21 September 2015 14: 53 New
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    The car is good, but it is necessary that it does not differ in appearance from the usual BMP. It is also necessary that the scout be able to aim not only artillery but also aircraft on the target, nothing is said in the article about the possibility of an aircraft landing. I agree that the problem of interaction and coherence of the arms and forces of troops, which is very expensive in battle, still matters. Only by eliminating this problem can a scout fully realize himself.
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  10. tchoni 21 September 2015 19: 30 New
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    A bit strange. If so, at least on the basis of the tank. If the task of the artillery gunner is to be at the forefront, then he needs advanced armor. There are a bunch of candidates for conversion: BMOT, T-72, T-15
  11. kplayer 21 September 2015 23: 22 New
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    BRM-3K "Lynx" in any way? introduce reconnaissance platoons of motorized rifle and tank battles. You can also add to the "Lynx" support for MBT and mortars (in the n.pl. 120 mm CAO "Vienna"), similar to the former separate armored cavalry (brk.) Regiments of the United States, now - a separate brig. "Striker" (not a supporter of this concepts), which at one time were the main formations of military (power) reconnaissance of corps submission. The regiment was a self-sufficient force in terms of strike and fire, supported by the full-time division of the 155-mm self-propelled guns, a company of engineering vehicles and a helicopter battalion, forming airborne groups. Combat brigade battalions had reconnaissance companies of mixed composition (1 KShM, 9 MBT, 12 BRMs, 2 self-propelled mortars), which were strengthened by other technical companies, similar to companies in the 90s after the Desert Storm, but by half the stripped-down composition was also included in the composition of heavy brigades (1 KShM, 4 MBT, 6 BRM).
    The mixed structure of the regiment implied UAVs as part of the reconnaissance company and electronic warfare (administratively, like the RLR (Radar), RR, RTR reconnaissance stations), but the BRM crews did not feed them directly on an all-in-one basis.
  12. Stilet 3 October 2015 00: 21 New
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    Obviously weak in terms of armor and armament, the machine, if used as a transition model. And what does the T-55 or T-62 tank base not suit? They were richly plundered at one time. After all, you can use the armored hull, and not let them remelt. The same Terminator redo. Why is it all against the BMP base?
  13. Shnd 11 October 2015 21: 12 New
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    The project does not need to be redone and there is already an internal volume