Russian Army to Receive 20 Cutting-Edge Armata Tanks This Year

The Russian Army will receive 20 T-14 Armata tanks by the end of this year, TASS reported, citing the country’s deputy defense minister.

Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko added that 65 “T-90M Proryv serial-produced tanks” will also be handed over to the army around the same time.

Additionally, the minister said that 18 “medium-and heavy-class reconnaissance/strike drones” and a “brigade set of the Iskander-M tactical missile system” will be delivered to the troops “ahead of schedule.”

200 Weapon Systems Received By Military

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed this week that the Russian armed forces received “some 200 main weapon systems” in the first half of 2021, Janes reported.

The systems include “multirole combat aircraft, Mi-8MTPR-1, and Ka-52 helicopters, 12 radars, a Bastion mobile coastal defense missile battery, and nine naval vessels, including the Project 885M nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine Kazan and the Project 21631 corvette Grayvoron.”

‘Robotized’ Tank

The T-14 is the latest version of the Armata series and is currently undergoing field trials.

Though the vehicle is crew operated, most of its functions are “robotized,” the chief of Russian state-owned holding conglomerate Rostec told TASS last year.

“The Armata crew does not need to aim accurately. It only has to aim the gun roughly. Electronics will do all the rest: it will accurately determine the distance to the target and aim the gun at it,” Rostec chief Sergei Chemezov explained.

“That is, the vehicle uses artificial intelligence elements that help the crew deliver fire.”

Extra Safety Feature for Crew

The tank’s loading, targeting, and firing are handled from start to finish by artificial intelligence, leaving the crew with only the decision to shoot, Chemezov said in April.

One highlight of the 48-ton vehicle is its unmanned turret, which comes with a 125-millimeter 2A82-1M smoothbore gun and autoloader compatibility.

An unmanned turret allows the crew to sit in an armored capsule inside the tank rather than next to the gun, as with traditional tanks. This position provides the crew with much greater safety from enemy fire.

Additional Protection

The tank is equipped with “nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection, (an) automatic fire suppression system and smoke grenade dischargers,” according to Army Technology.

Moreover, the tank’s new Afghanit hard-kill active protection system protects the vehicle from incoming anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), rockets, and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG).

Unmanned Version 

Developer Uralvagonzavod (a subsidiary of Rostec), is also developing an unmanned version of the tank in limited numbers, which will be used to test “unmanned technologies for other land-based robots” Chemezov added.

The T-14 is based on the modular Armata platform, which also serves as the basis for armored carriers such as infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers.

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