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The first tranche of twelve battle tanks Armata T14 and four armored recovery vehicles Armata T16 to be delivered nor the end of 2019 or the beginning 2020th At a press conference during the Dubai Airshow Sergei Chemezov, head of state-owned technology group Rostec, the state of the Russian Lighthouse program Armata said.

Armata is a standardized platform with heavy tracked vehicles, which serves as a basis for the development of a battle tank, an armored personnel carrier, an armored car and some other armored vehicles.

The T-14 main battle tank based on the Armata platform was first introduced in the Victory Day parade on Red Square on May 9, 2015, the public. The new combat vehicle equipped with fully digital equipment, an unmanned turret and an insulated armored capsule for the crew.

In February 2018, the Russian Defense Ministry had signed a contract for the series production of 132 Armata T14, T15 and T16. After that, about 100 vehicle should be delivered by the end 2020th This is can not be achieved according to estimates by insiders.

Beginning in 2019, the Ministry had informed the beginning of the company testing a batch of advance almost 20 battle tanks T14. In May 2019 the 1st Guards Tank Regiment Chertkovsky presented the 2nd Taman Guards motorized rifle to T14 in the Victory Day Parade. After that, the tanks went to different climates for further testing. Beginning of 2020 this regiment is to receive the first T14 and check the Pilotlos of the twelve battle tanks and four armored recovery vehicle in field trials on the suitability of troops run.

The tanks of the pilot lot are the first vehicles of serial production. Compared to the previously known equipment said to have been implemented, such as Franz Stefan Gady reported in "The Diplomat" some significant improvements. Accordingly, engine, transmission and fire control system have been revised. Moreover Gady expect a new or modified ammunition for the 125 mm cannon.

In his first public introduction in 2015, the Armata platform had attracted attention mainly because of suspected highly effective protection against fire and mines / IEDs and the strong cannon.

The battle tank T14 is by the previously known data at less than 50 tons significantly lighter as Western battle tanks (eg leopard 2, M1 Abrams, LeClerc, Challenger) and is driven by a 12-cylinder diesel engine with 1,100 kW. (Power to weight ratio 22.9 kW / t). The drive has seven rollers and hydropneumatic suspension. The main armament is a 125-mm smoothbore gun with automatic loader supplemented by an axially parallel weapon station for light and medium machine guns. But experts also expect a 152-mm smoothbore gun as main and a 30-mm gun as secondary armament. Also, an anti-aircraft missile is thought possible. The armor is a combination of composite and reactive armor and standoff hardware and soft kill systems.

It is not yet clear whether the Armata family - as planned - the T-90 will replace the Russian army. The Russian Panzertruppe is equipped mainly with battle tanks T-72, T-80 and T-90. In addition, a large number of stored battle tanks.

Gerhard Heiming