Russian Armata T-14
The Armata T-14 is a new Russian main battle tank of a new generation. It was first publicly revealed in 2015. Its full-scale production could begin in 2017-2018. The Armata is a clean sheet design with a number of advanced features. It shares little common with the current T-90. The Armata T-14 is much bigger.
Its specifications are classified, however, the Armata might be one of the most protected tanks in the world. It has newly-developed base armor, made of steel, ceramics, and composite materials. Also, Armata has a new add-on explosive reactive armor. It has been reported that Armata will be fitted with the new active protection system. It also has a new countermeasures system that reduces the chance of being hit by enemy ATGW with semi-automatic guidance.
This tank is operated by a crew of 3 men. All crew members are seated side-by-side in a well protected armored cell, located at the front of the hull. It is the first production Main Battle Tank with such crew layout. The tank can operate even with penetrated armor, as far as the crew cell is intact.
The Russian Armata T-14 is also a world’s first production Main Battle Tank with the completely unmanned turret. It is armed with a 125-mm smoothbore gun that can also launch anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary projectiles. The gun is completed with an autoloader. This tank has a hunter-killer capability. It has been reported that this tank is fitted with a diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp.
The introduction of this new Russian Main Battle Tank created a stir in the West. Now a number of countries, such as Germany and UK are looking to upgrade their tanks, or develop new designs.