Russia is ready to share T-14 Armata technology with India

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA — At the Aero India 2023 exhibition in Bangalore, India, it became known that as part of the national program, India plans to announce an international competition for the development of a main battle tank that will be produced directly at Indian enterprises.

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Building on a long tradition of cooperation in the military-technical sphere, Russia plans to participate in an international tender for the development of Indian MBTs to help India in this difficult task. This was announced by the Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov.

According to Mr. Vladimir Drozhzhov, in case of signing the contract, the Russian authorities have allowed the possibility of transferring to India a number of modern technologies used in the creation of the new generation Russian tank T-14 Armata.

“The Russian side plans to participate in the joint development of the Indian main battle tank with the help of the most advanced Russian technologies in the field of tank-building,” said Drozhzhov.

T-14 Armata in Ukraine

According to British intelligence, [January 25] a small batch of the latest Russian T-14 Armata tanks is already ready for use on the front. However, Moscow is hesitant to use them due to doubts about their technical condition. As reported by European Truth, this is what the British Ministry of Defense review of the war in Ukraine says.

It is noted that the Russian Federation has prepared a small batch of T-14 for use on the front in the war against Ukraine. This would be the first combat use of this model. However, Russian fighting forces are said to be hesitating because of an “unsatisfactory condition.”

It is not yet clear what “unsatisfactory condition” is stopping the production of the T-14 Armata. It is said, according to Western reports, that Russia has problems with the tank’s engine. It is also mentioned that problems have been found in the thermal imaging system of the main battle tank.

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In 2021, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu described production planned for 2022 as an experimental batch. So it is unlikely that any of the T-14s in use meet the standards of a new weapon that can be considered fully ready for use, the review said.

British intelligence has already devoted one of its latest reviews to the Armata tanks, saying that if the Russian Federation throws them to the front, it will be primarily for propaganda purposes, since the use of these tanks is a risk for the Russian army.

New T-14 version

The Russian T-14 Armata tank was designed in a completely new design with an unmanned and lightly armored turret and a heavily armored hull, with the main emphasis on maximizing the survivability of the crew.

In addition, according to the official data of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the armor penetration achieved by the T-14 Armata should be almost twice that of other latest Russian MBT models currently in use, such as the T-72B3M, T-80BWM, or T-90M.

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The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation signed the first contract for the serial supply of the T-14 Armata MBT and heavy infantry fighting vehicles based on its chassis during the International Military-Technical Forum “Army 2018” with the UWZ concern.


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