The Russian Defense Ministry and the Uralvagonzavod machine industry signed a contract to deliver more than 100 T-14 Armata tanks to the Russian Ground Forces.
According to the deputy defense minister, Yuri Borisov, the new generation of Russian tanks will conduct trials and combat operations.
“We have a contract for the pilot batch of 100 plus machines, they are used in trials and combat operations,” Yuri Borisov said at the second international military and technical forum Army-2016.
Russia is forming a new motor rifle division in Rostov-On-Don and the new T-14 Armata could very well become the main battle tank of the division in the next few years. Two additional motor rifle division could be formed to counter NATO’s eastward march.
The T-14 Armata
The new Russian T-14 Armata MBT is the new third-generation tank that will enter service with the Russian Army in 2015. It is based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform.
The T-14 Armata is the first main battle tank that will be operated with a remote weapon system. It’s 125mm smooth-bore cannon—deemed the most powerful cannon in the world, better than the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun—will be remotely operated from the armoured capsule through high-resolution cameras.
Although the armour strength (900mm) can withstand powerful armour-piercing rounds, the three-man crew will be in a multi-layer armoured capsule that will keep them separated from the munition compartment. The 44S-SV-SH 900mm armour will both have composite and reactive armour.
The 44S-SV-SH armour is known to keep its strength even when used in extremely low temperature, enabling them to be operational even in the Arctic.
According to the tank manufacturer, Uralvagonzavod, the Russian Army could receive 500 T-14 Armata every year. The Russian Army is planning on building more than 2,300 T-14 Armata, which would equip more than 70% of its units.
The Russian Armed Forces is also planning to build 13 different vehicles based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform, including an infantry fighting vehicle, a combat engineering vehicle, a tank support combat vehicle and a self-propelled artillery platform.