The Russian Defense Ministry revealed a rare footage of the Armata battle tank in action. The Armata is a modern Russian main battle tank project. Sometimes it is referred as T-14. Its development commenced in 2011. The Armata was developed as a replacement to the canceled T-95. The whole project was kept in high secrecy. First mock-up was revealed to Russian military officials in 2013. Trials commenced in 2014.
The modern MBT was first publicly revealed in 2015. The first batch of 12 to 32 tanks was delivered in 2015. It seems that these tanks were built mainly for parades. Still full-scale production could start soon. It is planned that Armata will replace the aging T-72 and T-80 with T-90 that become out-dated.
The Armata is a new-generation tank. It has small in common with the current T-90. Exact technical specifications of this MBT remain classified. It has been reported that this main battle tank is operated by a crew of only 2 men, including commander and driver. If it is true, so far it is the only MBT to have such a small crew. Older Russian tanks have a crew of 3. While most Western MBTs have a crew of 4. Reduction of the crew to just 2 men allowed to reduce crew compartment, overall the size of the vehicle and improve protection.
The Armata might be one of the most protected MBTs in the world. It has been reported that it has newly developed armor, made of steel, ceramics and composite materials. Also, it has been reported that Armata has a Malakhit add-on explosive reactive armor of modern generation. As usual, this MBT is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. It has been reported that Armata will be fitted with modern Afganit active protection system. It seems that it also has a modern countermeasures system that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. This modern Russian tank uses smoke grenade dischargers of
It seems that it also has a modern countermeasures system that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance. This modern Russian tank uses smoke grenade dischargers of a modern type.
It has been reported that crew members are seated in a well protected armored capsule. It is separated from automatic loader and ammo. The tank has improved hardness to damage. It can fight even with penetrated armor, as far as the crew cell is intact.
The Armata will be armed with a 2A82 125-mm smoothbore gun. It has improved ballistics comparing with a 2A46M gun of the T-90 MBT. The gun is mounted in the unmanned turret and is completed with an autoloader. This tank will be capable of firing gun-launched anti-tank guided rockets in the same manner as ordinary rounds. These rockets have a range of about 5 km and can also target low-flying helicopters.