Forbes: Sophistication of “Almaty” will become a problem for the Russian tank

The Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia Denis Manturov announced in April that Russia plans to begin work with foreign customers of the T-2021 Armata tank in 14 and has already received several preliminary requests. However, Forbes experts doubt that there are many buyers for the Russian tank, which may be caused by its excessive “sophistication”.

Since the tank was introduced to the general public in 2015, the Russian Federation has been touting the virtues of a next-generation combat vehicle. The T-14 is equipped with an active anti-tank missile defense system, sophisticated sensors and a data network, a high degree of automation, as well as a 125-mm gun located in an unmanned turret - the crew is in a relatively safe place inside a thick armored corps.

A number of military experts believe that Armata is superior in its combat qualities to Western models of the Cold War era: the American M-1 Abrams, the German Leopard-2 and the British Challenger-2.

The new Russian tank is a departure from traditional Russian tank designs equipment times of World War II or the Cold War, such as the T-34, T-55 and T-72, which emphasized the mass production of simple machinery. Instead, the T-14 is closer to the Western concept of fewer expensive, but high-tech armored tanks.

But the T-14 Armata is very expensive, and the Russian army cannot afford to purchase a large number of such tanks, the price of which is about $ 4 million per unit of equipment. Due to the high cost, the Russian budget cut the number of Armats acquired by 2025 from 2300 to 132.

What else, besides the high price, can scare away potential buyers from the T-14?

- Western analysts are wondering.

Traditional Russian weapons are quite easy to use (like a Kalashnikov assault rifle), but the new Armata is completely different. Given the sophistication of the tank, there will be few who wish to purchase it. Perhaps the UAE and Egypt will be able to do this - they have experience using American, European and Russian weapons. Algeria can also be a buyer, given that it already has sophisticated Russian military equipment - for example, the recently delivered Terminator anti-tank machine. Finally, India is a key area for high-tech weapons systems of the Russian Federation - such as the T-90

- Samuel Bendett, an expert on Russian armed forces at the Center for Naval Analysis of the USA, noted in an interview with Forbes.
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  1. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 17 July 2020 19: 22
    And the "Forbes" weren't too clever with their "analytics" ?!
    Is 4 million dollars for "Armata" (compared to the price tag of the latest models of "Abrams", "Leopard-2", and even more so - the French "Leclerc"!) Too expensive for such a tank ?! winked
    1. Michael I Offline Michael I
      Michael I (Michael I) 18 July 2020 19: 45
      It is too expensive, for countries traditionally accustomed to buying Soviet / Russian weapons, much cheaper than Western ones.
      1. beeper Offline beeper
        beeper 18 July 2020 23: 15
        Quote: Michael I
        It is too expensive, for countries traditionally accustomed to buying Soviet / Russian weapons, much cheaper than Western ones.

        hi You, Mikhail, from me Plus - for your interest in the topic! yes

        The export value of the T-90S tank is about $ 2,5 million, and the cost of the deeply modernized T-90MS reaches $ 4,3 million. new western tanks cost at least $ 6 million, and in most cases more. Aug 23 November 2017, XNUMX

        And this is the "price tag" of three years ago! winked
  2. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 17 July 2020 21: 30
    The tank’s concept overshot in one, having placed the crew in the front, it’s better to have safety in the back of the hull, because instrument observation ... The tank is not yet available for detailed analysis, let's hope that everything is correct ... The concept of unmanned combat vehicles will be further improved , T-14 was not late for such a turn ...
  3. GRF Offline GRF
    GRF 18 July 2020 06: 21
    A compliment from the series: "You are so beautiful that you will suffer from this", "You run so fast that you will be alone", "You sing so loud that you will go deaf", "You write too tricky that it is possible without stupid readers stay "...
  4. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Alexander) 18 July 2020 12: 05
    C'mon, Russian tanks are no worse than foreign-made tanks, and as the battles in Syria and Iraq have shown, it’s much better.
    1. Michael I Offline Michael I
      Michael I (Michael I) 19 July 2020 09: 50
      I don’t want to start a debate whose tanks are better, but purely psychologically, most countries that bought Soviet / Russian weapons can say: for that kind of money, I'd rather buy a western one. And again, without regard to what is better or worse, purely psychologically.
      1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Alexander) 20 July 2020 10: 13
        That's why Western Leopards-2 at a cost of $ 11 million apiece in Syria managed.
  5. Man with a gun Offline Man with a gun
    Man with a gun (Man with a gun) 18 July 2020 19: 30
    Shame on Manturov, his army does not have enough of them, but he was going to sell. These managers and Hitler would have sold the T-34 in the 40s.
  6. Our Armata will be the first to reach the English Channel, crunching the skulls of Europeans!