Russian MBT Armata Prototype Main Battle Tank 125-mm
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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.