MOSCOW, ($1=74.84 Russian Rubles) – Officially presented on May 9, 2015, during the annual major military parade held in Moscow in honor of the end of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany, the T-14 Armata tank, developed by Uralvagonzavod, was to enter service before 2020. The same year, 2015, the Kremlin announced its readiness to buy 2,300 copies for the Russian ground forces. Since then, however, these ambitions have been revised downwards, as it concerns the delivery of 500 units by 2027.
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However, in 2017, and according to statements made by the Tass news agency, Dmitry Rogozin, then Russia’s deputy prime minister, assured that the “operational tests” of the T-14 “Army” were going “according to plan.” Only after two more years, a batch of tanks in the “experimental” version was delivered to the Russian forces.
And according to the trust made in April 2020 by Denis Manturov, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade, they have deployed several units in Syria to assess their military capabilities. Then the first operational models for 2021 were expected.
The T-14 Army is “expensive because it is still in the process of further testing and updating after the Ministry of Defense requested additional technical solutions to start deliveries of production units from next year, under the existing contract”, Manturov explained at the time.
Will this goal be achieved? Last week, General Alexander Shestakov told the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, published by the Russian Defense Ministry, that the Armata project, which includes the T-14, the T-15 infantry fighting vehicle, and the rescue tank. The T-16 has entered its final phase. He added that tests on the condition of the tank will be completed in 2022. This suggests that deliveries will be delayed again.
But it won’t be. At least if we have to trust Commander Dmitry Repin, acting head of the 47th Military Representation, quoted by TASS on the occasion of the visit of Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko to the Uralvagonzavod plant in Nizhny Tagil, November 26.
“Twenty T-14 Army tanks must be delivered before the end of 2021,” he said. “We are currently working on a pilot batch before the end of the state tests to obtain an operational assessment within the troops”, explained Commander Repin, who did not specify the parts affected by these deliveries.
We remind you that the T-14 Armata is a 57-ton tank powered by a diesel engine CTZ A85-3A with sixteen cylinders arranged in an “X”, with an output of 1500 hp. Operated by a crew of three, housed in an armored capsule with multiple layers separated by ammunition, it is equipped with a remote-controlled turret on which is mounted a 125 mm cannon, and a set of high-resolution sensors, radars, cameras, and an active system Afghanistan type protection. Its armament is complemented by Sokol anti-tank missiles, a 12.7 mm machine gun, and a 30 mm cannon. An unmanned version is also under development.
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