Why the Russian T-14 "Armata" tank has a great future


Many copies have already been broken around the promising Russian T-14 tank on the Armata platform. Some praise him, others blaspheme. Instead of the promised 2300 units, the Russian Ministry of Defense eventually ordered a very small trial batch, which the ill-wishers immediately considered evidence of the project's failure. However, it is too early to gloat over them, and here's why.


Without exaggeration, Russia, one of the world leaders in tank building, with its universal tracked platform "Armata" was well ahead of its time. The T-14 is a third generation tank with an uninhabited turret and contains all of our state-of-the-art military Technology... It is not only a promising main battle tank, but also a mobile command post capable of performing reconnaissance, target designation and fire adjustment functions of other tanks, self-propelled guns and air defense systems, as well as controlling its own Pterodactyl reconnaissance UAV. This combat vehicle is designed with stealth technologies that reduce its visibility in infrared, radio and magnetic ranges. Its armament is a 125mm smoothbore cannon 2A82-1M with automatic loading capability and a 12,7mm Kord heavy machine gun. In the future, "Armata" may become a platform for the deployment of laser weapons and hypersonic missile systems. The T-14 is protected by the Afghanit complex, which intercepts and blinds anti-tank missiles, as well as the Malakhit dynamic armor, which reflects shots from anti-tank grenade launchers and sub-caliber shells.

Military experts from The National Interest came to the idea that the Russian tank is superior to the armored vehicles of the North Atlantic Alliance:

These advances in firepower, mobility and survivability indicate that the T-14 is more than capable of giving odds to any NATO MBT currently in service.

However, they are not original in their disappointing conclusions. Earlier, the FMSO analytical agency at the Pentagon reported that the "Armata" has a number of significant advantages over the tanks of the NATO bloc. Later, in the forced compliments of the T-14, the British also scattered:

Without any hyperbole. The Armata is the most revolutionary step in tank building.

The appearance of the "Armata" near Moscow, which the "Leopard-2" is unable to withstand in open combat, prompted Germany and France to create a joint defense project to develop a tank superior in performance characteristics to our T-14. True, the German-French tank will have to wait for a long time, and the "bast" Russia has the "Armata", here it is. At the same time, the Russian tank is cheaper than the American M1 Abrams, the South Korean K2 Black Panther and the Turkish Altay MBT.

So why, then, instead of 2300 T-14s, our own Ministry of Defense was ready to buy a batch 100 times less? The question is not entirely straightforward.

On the one hand, "Armata", without exaggeration, was really ahead of its time. The developers were able to cram all the most advanced achievements of the domestic defense industry into the tank. This became his advantage, but at the same time an "Achilles heel". A large number of the most complex systems, components and assemblies have been introduced into the tank, which must be tested for years in action - in deserts, in the steppes, in the mountains, in urban conditions, wherever possible and impossible, in order to catch defects and quickly eliminate them. Let's face it, this should be done on a small batch, and not on the voiced 2300 tanks.

For example, his uninhabited tower. This is an interesting technical solution, but it hides a lot of potential problems. So, in real combat conditions, the T-14 will critically depend on the performance of the electro-optical means, as well as on the functioning of the entire power supply system of the combat vehicle. If anything happened, the tank could remain blind, deaf and with an inoperative gun turret. Yes, this is a solvable problem, since it is possible to create duplicate systems, as well as equip the "Armata" with devices for a three-dimensional television image coming from many cameras on the tank to the operator's helmet-mounted display. You can, but ...

On the other hand, all this, of course, can be done, but it will cost a lot of money. The experts of the aforementioned publication The National Interest also wondered if the Russian Ministry of Defense has enough financial resources to finalize and put the T-14 into a large series. The question is really not at all idle, since our defense budget is constantly being sequestered. It is important that the Russian military department is doing quite well with the available stocks of T-72, T-80 and T-90, which are being modernized and become a real threat to the tanks that a potential enemy has. At the same time, it costs the ministry less than mass production of the T-14. Perhaps, in the department of Sergei Shoigu, they understand that the era of huge epic tank battles, as it was in the Great Patriotic War, is in the past.

So, what do we have in the bottom line. There is a promising T-14, which here and now in the amount of 2300 pieces is simply not needed. The tank still needs to be refined and tested in real combat conditions. But his potential is really very great, and you shouldn't listen to Russian-speaking spiteful critics who mock Armata from abroad. The manufacturer has already prepared an export passport for the possible sale of the tank to foreign buyers. The larger the batch is on the assembly line, the more comfortable the price will be, including for our RF Ministry of Defense. The T-14 can serve as an excellent platform for the development and testing of combat artificial intelligence and robotic technologies. The future belongs to "Armata", and the time of this tank will come.
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  1. bobba94 Offline bobba94
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 14 June 2021 17: 48
    +5
    Foreign military experts say Russia has about 22 tanks. Russian military experts say that Russia has about 13,5 thousand tanks, of which 3,5 thousand are in service and 10 thousand are in reserve (in storage). This is a lot, like all NATO countries combined. Where else to release them ..... salt or what?
    1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 14 June 2021 23: 15
      +3
      We are peaceful people, but our armored train is on a side track!

      Why is the US building new planes when their barrel of pickles in Davis Monten is already full?

      This air base is located in the city of Tucson, Arizona. On its territory is the largest aircraft fleet in the world (almost 4,5 thousand units stored in conservation), in addition, there are combat units and the headquarters of the US Air Force command.
      Every year, about 400 units of aircraft are deposited and the same amount is recycled or sold to friendly countries.

    2. Old Skeptic Offline Old Skeptic
      Old Skeptic (Old Skeptic) 20 June 2021 03: 03
      0
      There are no contradictions here.
      The West is counting along with the T-55. Discontinued, but possibly in storage.
      Ours are only those that are in service, that is, in units and in the operational reserve.
  2. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 20: 26
    -4
    In the text of the publication of Marzhetsky, the topic stated in the title is not clarified in any way -

    Why the Russian T-14 Armata tank has a great future.

    What qualities of the tank give grounds for such a statement? The author calls an uninhabited turret, a 125-mm smoothbore gun, a 12,7-mm machine gun, the ability to control an attached drone. And what is there that a potential enemy does not have, what kind of revolutionary decisions are we talking about?
    And I would also like to remind the author and readers that the publication "The National Interest" mentioned in the article under the leadership of Dm. Simes does not express the views of the Pentagon and / or the US government in any way.
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 20: 40
      +1
      Abrams produce more, but others do not. no one needs merkava at all ... so it is better for physical education instructors to play silently in a raglaughing
      1. Binder Offline Binder
        Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 20: 50
        -7
        Quote: Just Cat
        be silent in a rag

        Such activities, apparently, are the main business of your life. For information - the Armata tank is not yet in service with the Russian army, and thank God - it even stalls during the parade.
        1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
          Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 22: 02
          +5
          Boeing can also stall in flight ... this is a technique. Your gods are not interesting to me ... and the Srabrams have their engines discontinued and the barrels of the guns. They show dummies to Poles with Ukrainians, but they are delighted.
    2. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 20: 52
      +4
      Quote: Bindyuzhnik
      ... "The National Interest" under the direction of Dm. Simes does not express the views of the Pentagon and / or the US government in any way.

      Mr Binderand how does this affect the objectivity of the magazine, "The National Interest"?

      PS (transl. "National interest")
      1. Binder Offline Binder
        Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 21: 04
        -9
        It has a very definite effect - the publication is considered openly pro-Russian in the United States; there were even suspicions that it was financed from the Kremlin. In this case, it makes no sense to talk about objectivity.
        1. isofat Offline isofat
          isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 21: 22
          +5
          Binder, and then what are you doing on the Russian site?
          1. Binder Offline Binder
            Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 21: 24
            -5
            I am entertained by reading the opinions of Russians on different. military and political issues.
            1. isofat Offline isofat
              isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 21: 44
              +4
              Binder, I understood you correctly? You called all pro-Russian media biased and did it for fun?
              1. Binder Offline Binder
                Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 21: 58
                -6
                You are not able to understand me correctly
                1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
                  Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 22: 06
                  -1
                  it is better to have a USE than an American, who only learns to read in the fifth grade and is looking for Odessa in Africalaughing say the Democrats put a bolt on Israel ... read the instructions for the shoe brush ...
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                2. isofat Offline isofat
                  isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 22: 14
                  +4
                  Quote: Bindyuzhnik
                  You are not able to understand me correctly

                  Binderand you didn't answer we are not alone here. And they will surely understand everything, I'm waiting! laughing

                  - Bindyuzhnik, did I understand you correctly? You called all pro-Russian media biased and did it for fun?
                  1. Binder Offline Binder
                    Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 22: 19
                    -6
                    Quote: isofat
                    Bindyuzhnik, you did not answer, we are not alone here. And they will surely understand everything, I'm waiting!

                    Do I have to answer you? bully
                    1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
                      Ulysses (Alexey) 14 June 2021 23: 36
                      +5
                      Do I have to answer you? bully

                      The Israeli propagandist decided to stupidly merge, so as not to answer unpleasant questions?

                      The bosses will not appreciate it. winked
                  2. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
                    Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 22: 21
                    -3
                    he is not a victim .... they unleashed the Second World War, drove their jewelers with shoemakers to Israel and got gesheft from Europe ... Israel is a state ONLY for Jews. before its appearance they surpassed the Third Reich with their "goyim".
                    1. isofat Offline isofat
                      isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 22: 35
                      +2
                      Just a cat... Do not! The entire Jewish people are victims of the Holocaust, everyone knows about it. laughing

                      I calling Bindyuzhnik a victim of the Holocaust, told the truth, and in return he tried to insult me. yes laughing
                3. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
                  Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 22: 28
                  -2
                  do not strain your fingers with a mouse with your minuses laughing Do you still have to play the violin on delivery in order to earn money on rotten herring ... or are you more accustomed to carry boxes with rot? laughing
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 14 June 2021 21: 26
    +1
    And not tired?
    Who needs an expensive capricious big tank stuffed with capricious expensive electronics?
    And who needs Pushkov's pocket National Interest ...
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 14 June 2021 22: 13
      0
      Do you still have grandma's rotary dial phone in the apartment? laughing there is no electronics, there is a primitive electrician. Armata is not more expensive than Abrams, which is disabled with a machine gun from the Second World War.
    2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 15 June 2021 00: 01
      +5
      And not tired?
      Who needs an expensive capricious big tank stuffed with capricious expensive electronics?

      You know better.. winked

      The Latvian Armed Forces plan to overhaul three T-55 AM2 tanks, which the Czech Republic donated to Latvia in 2000. Two tanks were produced in Czechoslovakia in 1978, one in 1969..

      An attempt to use tanks for training did not succeed, the Latvian military quickly became cold to the rumbling and stinking diesel fuel equipment.

      Unexpectedly, the Estonian Defense Forces showed interest in tanks. They also wanted to train with real Soviet tanks,
      "hot Estonian guys" from the bottom of their hearts ran over the trenches and obstacles, so much so that they burned the clutch (you have to manage to burn the clutch off the tank). The tank was brought back to Adazi and pushed into the box.

      The second tank is also in the box, but it is all burnt, black, and the paint has peeled off. The Latvian military do not talk about when and where they were honored to burn a completely serviceable car, they just averted their eyes in embarrassment.

      Where are the tanks going to be repaired? In Soviet times, there were two factories in Riga for the repair of such equipment. These are the 49th tank repair plant on Brasa and the Automotive Repair Plant of the Baltic Military District - now the Russo-Balt company. Repair equipment at these factories has long been destroyed and sold.

      Sergey Latyshev (Serge), you are not able to cope with the tanks of the middle of the last century. repeat

      At the same time, you are trying to talk about modern Russian weapons from your Papuan point of view ..
  4. isofat Offline isofat
    isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 22: 50
    +2
    Take back my phrase - Holocaust victim, into place. Since when did such a phrase become an insult? Jews for this established, forgotten by whom, fact receive compensation. Why the hell are they defending a person who has made an unequivocal comment about the pro-Russian media?
  5. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 14 June 2021 23: 07
    -5
    A very indicative moment - I expressed the opinion that the article does not provide a clear justification for the author's assertion that the Armata tank has a great future, opponents do not try to refute my words with a word, they prefer personal attacks and insults. Apparently a similar method of conducting a discussion is closer to these gentlemen.
    1. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 14 June 2021 23: 55
      +1
      Binder, our Jewish friend, a victim of the Holocaust, I ask you to quote, where did I insult you? laughing

      PS You did not find the answer to my other question! So, what could offend you, what such phrase of mine did you consider an insult to yourself? love
      1. Binder Offline Binder
        Binder (Miron) 15 June 2021 04: 52
        -2
        isofat, our Russian enemy, you cannot offend me by definition, because your opinion is absolutely indifferent to me. You just once again demonstrated your own intellectual inconsistency and complete lack of moral principles, mocking the millions of victims of Nazism.
        1. isofat Offline isofat
          isofat (isofat) 15 June 2021 08: 15
          +3
          Binder, or more details, a deceitful nest of vices, where you saw mockery of millions of victims of Nazism?

          Is it your Zionist tradition that tells you to hide behind the victims? So then crush and destroy Iranians, Palestinians ... laughing
  6. bobba94 Offline bobba94
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 15 June 2021 21: 41
    -1
    It must be the same as the people got excited in the comments. In vain we got excited ... It's all simple, if you have a military budget of more than $ 700 billion, then you build a super destroyer Zamvolt, and then you scratch in the back of your head, like where to attach it, you build a stealth wunder F-35, and then you start to remove its jambs and slowly curtail its release, you hammer billions into a cannon that fires several hundred kilometers, and then you announce that the project is closed. And if you have a military budget 10 times less, then you modestly hang out on tanks, design unusual drones, develop electronic warfare means, that is, you do not think about large-scale show-offs and the level of expenses for all sorts of baubles is quite acceptable for you
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 20 June 2021 14: 21
      0
      To all appearances, this tank has already been "pulled back", but the "baubles" apparently were not enough for everyone. Therefore,

      .... it is necessary to run in business for years - in the deserts, in the steppes, in the mountains, in urban conditions, wherever possible and impossible ...

      Of course, the budget is more modest, but the announced time frame is quite "flexible". So do not wash, so by rolling. The goals will be achieved.
      And of course the most delicious and juicy "baubles" will come from export.
  7. Kofesan Online Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 15 June 2021 22: 15
    -2
    Great tank! But with one tank in the army ... even Ukraine will soon cease to be afraid. Well, not one ...

    Only 2027 tanks were planned for delivery to the troops by 500. After the rise in price of "metal" will be released pieces of 200-150 maximum. The budget in the state of cave feudalism has not been canceled? And the groans that the tsar is good, the boyars are bad ... are already heard from all the cracks with a threshold of 140 decibels. Soon the membranes are kirdyk.

    The same goes for the rest of the "new" technology.
  8. Bitter Offline Bitter
    Bitter (Gleb) 15 June 2021 23: 07
    +2
    ... run in for years ... ... and "promptly" eliminate them.

    Is it such a "raw" car? It could be run "more quickly". Although the result, apparently, will not change much from the rearrangement of the places of the terms. There, go even before the serial model for a long time with a file on the knee, it is necessary to modify it. For different sheikhs and others, you can get a couple of pieces for a fabulous price. Business is the head!
  9. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 21 July 2021 20: 25
    0
    you can talk a lot about cutting the budget in Russia within the framework of defense projects, but oddly enough, there is an indicator of the quality and real effectiveness of weapons, and this is the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, which puts into service the equipment that deserves it. The same cannot be said in the navy, but in the army, thank God, the Defense Ministry approaches this issue responsibly. This means that Armata is as effective as ordered.