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Russia has found a way to increase the firepower of its tanks

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Central Scientific Research Institute of Precision Engineering [TsNIITOCHMASH, part of the Rostec state corporation] has patented a device that makes it possible to increase the armor-piercing effect of a projectile of tank and anti-tank guns, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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As the press service of the institute told RIA Novosti, the development belongs to the field of artillery equipment, but it can also be used for small arms ammunition.

For this, experts have proposed a new design for the “leading device of the feathered armor-piercing subcaliber projectile.” Such projectiles look like a long “core”, shaped like a crowbar for breaking through armor. This “crowbar” is clothed in a leading device that slides inside the barrel of the cannon, accelerating it.

“The new design will increase the relative elongation of the active part of the armor-piercing sub-caliber projectile while ensuring its resistance to deformation (bending stiffness). Thus, the armor-piercing effect of the projectile is increased,” said one of the inventors, head of the department for the development of small arms ammunition TsNIItochmash Alexei Shchekin.

According to the calculations of the designers, the device will not increase the cost of ammunition. The invention was the result of joint research of TsNIItochmash with Tula State University.

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Russian T-14 Armata tank could be transformed into nuclear weapon

The possibility of arming the Armata tank with atomic shells was discussed on July 9 in an article by The National Interest.

“Since Armata is designed to equip a 152 mm gun, we can soon see the return of a nuclear tank to the battlefield,” wrote Charlie Gao, an expert on defense and national security.

According to the publication, the Armata tank has the potential to build up firepower through the use of nuclear shells. A new modification of the tank can get a 152-mm gun, and with it the ability to use shells with a nuclear warhead of low power.

It is emphasized that the predecessor of the Armata tank, Object 195, the Black Eagle, had a theoretical possibility of using tactical nuclear shells.

It should be noted that according to open sources, the platform of the T-14 Armata tank was developed taking into account the possibility of installing a 152 mm gun. In Russia, two 152-mm tank guns were developed: the LP-83 and the more modern 2A83.

Since the beginning of the 1980s, three types of tanks with a 152 mm gun have been developed: Object 292, Object 477 Hammer, Object 195 Black Eagle. Tanks were not mass-produced.

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The main disadvantages of the 152-mm guns compared with the 125-mm ones in service are the significantly larger weight of the guns, the larger projectile size and, as a result, the reduction of the tank’s ammunition load.

Nuclear ammunition for the 152-mm guns was developed and adopted in 1981 under the index 3BV3. Ammunition power reached 2.5 kilotons of TNT.

Russian Armata tank was tested in unmanned mode

As we quoted a RIA Novosti source on July 4 the third-generation Russian Armata tank during preliminary tests worked out the operating mode without a crew.

Back in 2016, the former head of the main armored directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Alexander Shevchenko, said in an interview with RIA Novosti that an unmanned robotic version of the latest T-14 Armata tank will be created in 2018.

According to him, the uniqueness of the new vehicles lies in the presence of an open digital architecture, which created the “reinforced concrete basis for the robotics of armored vehicles.”

At the Army-2018 forum, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract for the purchase of 132 combat vehicles T-14 and T-15 from the Uralvagonzavod on the Armata platform. As previously reported by Deputy Minister of Defense Alexei Krivoruchko, the entire contract will be completed before the end of 2021.

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The United States will fight Russian armored vehicles with artificial intelligence

As we reported yesterday [July 29 – ed.] the United States launched a competition, the goal of which is to create a system using artificial intelligence to combat armored vehicles in Russia.

The Agency for Advanced Research Projects of the US Department of Defense (DARPA) announced the start of a competition for the development of systems based on artificial intelligence of a new generation, which can effectively detect moving armored vehicles.

The participating programs are required not only to find the technique, but also to determine its type. After that, the system must process the information received in order to issue the most effective way to destroy the enemy.

The new system should be included in the concept of the so-called “mosaic war”, which involves the use of a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles with a narrow focus. They must be linked to satellite systems, ground and maritime aircraft in order to fulfill the assigned tasks.

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