Russian MBT Armata Prototype Main Battle Tank 125-mm

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The Armata is a new Russian main battle tank project. Sometimes it is referred as T-14. This new MBT is currently under development. Its development commenced in 2011. The whole project is being kept in high secrecy. The Armata was developed as a replacement to the canceled T-95. First mock-up was revealed to Russian military officials in 2013. Its trials commenced in 2014. It is planned to be publicly revealed in 2015. Official sources report, that Armata will enter service with the Russian Army in the near future. Official sources reported that a total of 32 tanks are planned to be delivered in 2015. Currently Russian Army operates T-90, T-80 and T-72 main battle tanks, that become out-dated.

The Armata tank is possibly based on a modified hull of the latest T-90MS. It is expected to have a similar layout to the canceled T-95 with unmanned turret and crew seated in a separate armored capsule. The Armata will have a Malakhit explosive reactive armor of new generation. Also it will be fitted with new Afganit active protection system.

It is reported that Armata will be armed with a 2A82 125-mm smooth-bore gun, mounted in unmanned turret. This gun has improved ballistics comparing with a 2A46M gun of the T-90 MBT. It will be completed with an autoloader. This tank will be capable of firing gun-launched anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. These missiles have a range of about 5 km and can also target low-flying helicopters.

The Armata MBT will be fitted with new fire control system. It will have a hunter-killer capability. The tank will be also equipped with a battlefield management system.

It is reported that the Armata will have a crew of two or three men. Crew members will be seated in a well-protected armored capsule, separated from automatic loader and ammunition.

It was reported that this new main battle tank will be powered by an A-82-2 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 200 hp. It is a new generation engine, that is much more compact than previous Russian tank engines.

The Armata is planned to become a new platform for the whole host of armored vehicles. Self-propelled artillery system, heavy IFV, armored recovery vehicle, engineering vehicle, self-propelled air-defense vehicle and other support machines will be based on this platform.