This weekend Russian State TV Channel released an interview with Denis Manturov, Russia’s Minister on industry and trade. The Minister announced that the latest T-14 Armata MBT was tested in Syria during the anti-terrorist operations.
He said that such tests in combat were intended to consider “all the nuances to be implemented within the vehicle final version”. He added that the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) ordered additional technical solutions to start the vehicles delivery since next year in the frame work of the recently concluded contract”.
According to Russian media, the contract was signed last year on 132 tanks, and has been expected tube fulfilled through 2021.
The Minister mentioned that Armata had been constantly passing various tests which result in design modification.
According to Mr. Manturov, several requests for the tank delivery were received from the foreign nations but they could be considered only after the Russian Army starts receiving the vehicle. Besides, tank version for export must have a special export passport, he concluded.
Russia claims T-14 is the world’s only third post-war generation tank.
According to Russian media, the tank features advanced design solutions including uninhabited turret. The crew is homed in an armored capsule to stay alive even with a direct hit in the tower and ammunition explosion. The tank low profile in combination with the use of a special coating significantly reduces the machine reflection in the thermal and radar spectra of observation. It has been claimed that the T-14 armor is able to withstand the hit of any existing anti-tank weapons.
Armata’s Main Characteristics:
- Crew: 3
- Combat weight: 48 t
- Weight with urban warfare kit: 53 t
- Length with gun forward: 10.8 m
- Width: 3.5 m
- Height: 3.3 m
- Maximum road speed: 80 km/h
- Average speed over rough terrain: 45-50 km/h
- Cruising range (without external tanks): 500 km
- Life cycle resource: 14,000 km
The tank is equipped with a 2A82-1M 125mm smoothbore gun-launcher to fire unguided and guided projectiles.
The stock consists of 40 rounds with 32 in the automatic loader.
The 7.62mm PKTM machine gun in placed in a remotely controlled installation with 2,000 rounds continuous tape.
The tank is powered by X-shaped turbocharged 2V-12-3A multi-fuel diesel of 1,500 hp with mechanical transmission of the so called “robotic”-type to simplify the driver’s operation.