The T-14 Armata is the latest main battle tank to enter service with the Russian Army. It was officially introduced on May 9, 2015, in the Victory Day Parade, which is the celebration of the end of WWII. It is the first modern Russian tank entirely designed and developed after the fall of the Soviet Union, with the first batch of 100 Armatas having been delivered in early April. The Russian government plans to acquire 2,400 units. The chassis of the Armata will also serve as a platform for other armoured combat vehicles. Compared to the Callenger 2 or the Leopard 2, this Russian tank does not really have any new features, except for the speed. Propelled by a powerful, 1,800-hp, A-85, diesel engine, the T-14 is the fastest tank in the world as it can reach the top speed of 90 km per hour.

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Like the T-90 main battle tank, the T-14 is armed with a 125mm, smooth-bored gun, but it is a newer, more powerful version; the 2A82-1M 125mm gun, replacing the 2A46M. The new gun is equipped with an autoloader, being capable of destroying an enemy tank from a distance of 4,000 m. A computerized fire control system and a laser rangefinder render it extremely accurate, being able to hit the target even when the tank is moving over rough terrain. With an angular design, the turret of the Armata is not really low, like the Merkava IV’s, but it is fitted with a millimeter band radar which detects incoming anti-tank missiles. However, the turret’s angular design suggests stealth features. Like most NATO’s nations’ modern, main battle tank, it also has thermal image and infrared sensors, which allow it to operate night and day and under any weather conditions. And, just like the Leopard 2, it can wade a 4-m-deep river and run up a 45ยบ gradient.

Specifications

Type: main battle tank

Weight: 48 tons

Chassis length: 7.9 m

Width: 3.7 m

Height: 2.5 m

Crew: 3

Armour: Composite (classified)

T-14-Armata

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