India will help equip the Russian army with T-14 Armata tanks

recent aggravation on the Indian-Chinese border served as a good catalyst for the growth in demand for Russian weapons. New Delhi, faced with the prospect of colliding with the PLA, asked Moscow to expedite the supply of S-400 air defense systems and intensify negotiations on the purchase of more than three dozen MiG-29 and Su-30MKI fighters. Also, India can become the first foreign market for the advanced T-14 Armata tank.

New Delhi has traditionally been a major consumer of Russian defense industry products. This is due to the dangerous proximity with Pakistan and China and the optimal price-quality ratio of Russian weapons. With New Delhi, Moscow has, for example, a joint production program for the Su-30MKI fighter and the T-90S tank. Two years ago it was reported that the Indian army intends to replace 1770 of its obsolete T-72 tanks. The main contenders were the T-14 Armata, the Ukrainian Oplot and the South Korean K2 Black Panther tank. If everything is clear with the real prospects of Oplot, then it was a great opportunity for the T-14.

This tank is really ahead of time. On the Armata platform, a whole family of armored vehicles can be created. The crew of the tank was reduced to three people due to the uninhabitability of the tower, the control of firing from the powerful 125 mm smoothbore gun 2A82-1M is automated and is carried out via a digital interface. Active and passive defense systems have been used that dramatically increase the survivability of the combat vehicle. In fact, this is not just a tank, but also a real command center, designed to conduct a modern type of network-centric warfare.

This tank is good for everyone, except for the price. For comparison, the production of one T-72 of the latest B3M modification costs about 80 million rubles, the T-90M costs 150 million, and the T-14 is already 250 million rubles (and this cost will be relevant only for multi-series production. Now the cost of one experimental a sample of the latest tank reaches 500 million rubles). The difference is very significant. Because of this, it turned out to be beneficial for the military to modernize the already existing "nineties." Belarus went the same way, turning the T-72 into the T-72BEM, which is considered appropriate for the capabilities of the Russian T-90A tank. In general, such a prudent approach is justified, but it puts an end to the prospects of its immeasurably more expensive follower of the T-14. Instead of previously announced more than 2 thousand produced a little more than two dozen armored vehicles.

Only mass conveyor production can change the situation, which will significantly reduce its cost. Some time ago, “Armata” began to be prepared for export, forming it technical passport, about which we are in detail told earlier. For this, the tank was even "brought" to Syria. The countries of the Middle East were named as potential buyers, where both money is found and the conditions for operation are suitable. But, apparently, India will become its first foreign buyer. This is reported with reference to its sources, the publication "Star":

The product is being prepared for export. India showed interest in him.

Apparently, New Delhi needed additional arguments against China and Pakistan simultaneously in heaven and on earth. Let's hope that the contract, if it takes place, will allow over time to rearm our Russian army on the T-14.
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 27 June 2020 14: 14
    An expensive "network-centric" toy "Armata", of course, for the sake of developing one's own production, can be given to the Indians for "good money" ...?!
    But in the T-14, as in any new, "raw" car, it is probably full of "childhood illnesses" (although the developers announced their alleged "complete cure" ?! winked ), which will inevitably manifest themselves in everyday mass exploitation in the troops ?!
    The same "classic" T-90s were tested by the Indians meticulously and strictly, for the sake of this they deliberately violated the operating regulations and provoked breakdowns ...
    Now, any such "jamb" on the part of the innovative tank "Armata" will be Hindus (as well as all ill-wishers of Russia and its "partners"-competitors in the arms market) exaggerated and indulge in derogatory publicity in the "non-human mass media", which may prevent subsequent "market promotion" ?! request
    Although, nevertheless, it would be interesting to look at the vitality of the concepts laid down in the T-14 in a real combat situation - I personally have some doubts about this. IMHO

    Practice is the criterion of truth!
    1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
      Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 28 June 2020 06: 48
      First, the Indians find fault with Russian weapons, then they buy from NATO countries and squeak even louder ... they rush between smart and beautiful ...
  2. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 27 June 2020 16: 37
    India will help equip the Russian army with T-14 Armata tanks

    - Yes, it's time for Russia and submarines to start ordering from India ... - After all, Captain Nemo had a submarine "Nautilus" ... - and he designed and built it himself ... - Who was Captain Nemo ??? - And he was a Hindu ... - Here's the puzzle and formed ... - Hahah ...
    -So, you have to hurry ...- to order ...
  3. Do not forget the 150 mm gun, and more nuclear shells!
  4. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
    Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 28 June 2020 06: 44
    If Russia supplies the T-14 to the Indians, then it will sell it to the Chinese. Just as Russian weapons go to Karabakh to both Armenians and Azerbaijanis. And the Hussites use captured Russian weapons from the Arabs ...
  5. olpin51 Offline olpin51
    olpin51 (Oleg Pinegin) 28 June 2020 07: 32
    Russia is not able to master this production and is shifting to others. For natural reasons. And here the question arises. And how many hundreds of millions (of the population) are necessary for the accelerated development of the economy? Yes, at least for normal.