Several Russian news outlets reported that the Russian Ministry of Defense placed an initial order for approximately 100 T-14 main battle tanks with the Uralvagonzavod plant in Nizhniy Tagil. This is the first order for production vehicles from the Armata family, though the Russian military is currently putting 20 pre-production Armata vehicles through their paces in order to finalize the design and eliminate problems with the design. The fact of the order indicates the vehicle trials have not identified any major problems that would result in program delays because of redesign issues.
It has not been reported whether any other vehicles from the Armata family have been ordered, or whether the order includes designs other than the heavily-gunned T-14. Likewise the dates of delivery have not been announced. It was made known, however, that the Russian MOD is not planning a bigger Armata order in the near future, preferring instead to focus on continued T-72 modernization programs, and presumably also on upgrading the T-90s.
100 tanks would be sufficient for one “heavy” motorized rifle brigade whose organization includes two tank battalions, in addition to motorized rifle and artillery battalions. Such a brigade could serve as a trial unit for developing tactics, operational doctrine, training regimens, and logistical support practices that will naturally differ from units operating the earlier generation of MBTs.