The Russian Defense Ministry has signed an order for a pilot batch of the T-14 Armata tanks. The first tanks are already arriving for trials.
More than 100 units of the T-14 Armata tanks will be handed to the Russian Defense Ministry – a conforming order for a pilot batch has already been signed, as well as the first tanks are already arriving for trials.
According to Deputy Defense Minister Jury Borisov, the first batch of tanks, developed and produced by Russia’s leading tank manufacturer and creator of the T-14 Armata, the Uralvagonzavod, will be used in comprehensive military tests simulating combat situations.
“We have a contract for a pilot batch of more than 100 machines. They are already arriving for trials,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the words of Borisov.
The statement was made during the Army-2016 military forum. The exact cost of the deal has not yet been disclosed by officials.
Chief of the Uralvagonzavod Oleg Sienko noted that, initially, the delivery program of the T-14 tanks for the Russian Army was planned to last until 2020, however, later, it was extended until 2025.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in total, Russian military needs 2,300 units of the T-14 Armata tanks.
The T-14 was for the first time presented to the public during a rehearsal for the Victory Parade in Moscow on April 29, 2015. However, its turret was masked. The official presentation took place during the actual parade on May 9, 2015.
A fully automated unmanned turret, as well as HD cameras, providing an outside view, are one of the main advantages of the T-14 tank. The tank is capable to move with speed up to 90 kilometers per hour that is more than 20 kilometers per hour faster than the US Abrams M1A2. The T14 is currently armed with the 125 mm cannon, which is going to be replaced with the 152 mm later version.
According to Uralvagonzavod’s engineers and Russian military, soon the T-14 will be turned into a completely automated system, capable to operate on the battlefield with only a remote control, as well as will be integrated with a drone in order to give it a decisive advantage in a battle.
“Unmanned Armata is the machine of the future – we have no doubts about it. Both we and the military are sure,” Sienko said in April of this year.
The chassis of the T-14 tank is also used as a platform for production of other types of armored vehicles, including infantry fighting vehicles and self-propelled guns.