Russia's latest T-14 Armata main battle tank has been tested in Syria, according to Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, who announced this during an interview on Russian state television.
Manturov said that such tests in battle should "try out all the nuances that are to be implemented in the final version [of the Armata]". The tank had also gone through a variety of tests that would have led to a change in design. Russian media reported that a contract for 132 tanks was signed last year and is expected to be fulfilled by 2021. Manturov also said that several foreign countries had expressed interest in the main battle tank, but this could only be taken into account after the Russian army received its vehicles. An export license is also required to sell the tanks to foreign users.
Russia classifies the T-14 as the only third-generation tank in the world, partly because it is reported to have an unmanned turret that houses the crew in an armored capsule, increasing survivability even in the event of a direct hit the tower is maximal. The tank has a special coating to significantly reduce the clarity in the thermal and radar spectra. In addition, it is reported that its armor can withstand any currently existing anti-tank weapon.
The Armata is armed with a 2A82-1M 125mm smooth tube cannon for firing guided and unguided projectiles and can carry 40 rounds, 32 of them in the automatic loader. A supply of 2,000 rounds of ammunition is available for the secondary weapon, a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun in a remote-controlled weapon station. The vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 2V-12-3A multi-fuel diesel engine in X design with 1,100 kW, which has a so-called "robot-like" mechanical gearbox to simplify operation by the driver.
Features of the T-14 Armata:
Battle weight: 48 t
Weight with urban warfare mission kit: 53 t
Length with cannon forward: 10.8 m
Width: 3.5 m
Height: 3.3 m
Maximum road speed: 80 km / h
Average speed over rough terrain: 45-50 km / h
Range (without external tanks): 500 km
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