The wheels and tracks of the latest armored vehicles constructed on Russia's Armata Universal Combat Platform, which includes a new tank, will be equipped with additional protective armor. The Russian Research Institute is developing the new hardware for the platform.
According to the developers, "plate shields," which are similar in appearance to the bars on metal bunk beds, will be installed along the perimeter of the machines. These shields will protect armored vehicles from cumulative grenades and anti-tank guided missiles — the most common threat to them in urban settings. The new shields are intended to deform the head of a grenade when it makes contact with the vehicle and divert part of the energy from the explosion.