Russia has tested its state of the art battle tanks, T-14 Armata, in Syria, the country’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Denis Manturov, revealed on April 19.
The minister told the Russia-1 TV that the T-14 Armata was deployed in Syria “to assess all details in combat conditions.” The minister noted that the tests will shape the “final image” of the battle tank, which will be supplied to the Russian military in 2021.
“Starting next year, after the Defense Ministry starts supplying these machines, when we get an export passport, we will start working with foreign customers,” Unwire quoted Manturov as saying.
First presented in 2015, the T-14 is Russia’s next-generation main battle tank built on the bases of the Armata Universal Combat Platform.
The advanced battle tank features a unmanned turret armed with the new 2A82-1M 125 mm smoothbore cannon. The 1,500 ChTZ 12N360 (A-85-3A) diesel engine powers the tank, that has a top speed of 80-90 km per hour and a range of 500 km.
The T-14 is heavily armored. The battle tank’s crew is protected by an internal armored capsule. Furthermore, the tank is equipped with the advanced Afghanit active protection system (APS).
Manturov didn’t provide any details regarding the T-14 tests in Syria. Russia has tested more than 200 weapon systems in the country, so far. These tests allowed the Russian military to fine-tone and upgrade many of these systems.