"Storm" against "Armata": What will be the first Russian tank-robot


The emergence of unmanned control systems is one of the most notable and significant achievements of the military industry. UAVs have already proven their usefulness and effectiveness in real armed conflicts. Now it's the turn for unmanned tanks and self-propelled guns. How soon will robotic armored vehicles appear on the battlefield, and can Russia, one of the world's recognized centers of tank building, be among the leaders in this promising area?


"Storm"


In fact, work in this direction in our country began in the last 2020 year. Uralvagonzavod on its own initiative started development work on the project of a robotic complex on the chassis of the T-72B3 tank. According to the publicly available images, the first Russian tank-robot will look like a "post-apocalyptic": a bulldozer-type blade will be installed on the nose of the armored vehicle to demolish obstacles, such as burned-out cars, in its path. With such a cinematic appearance, the unmanned "Storm" clearly has a place in a blockbuster about the near-term "dark future".

In total, it is planned to create several modifications of the robotic tank:

1.With tank cannon and machine gun armament with two cannon options - 125 mm and 152 mm,

2. Armed with RPO-2 "Shmel-M" rocket launchers,

3.With two 30-mm automatic cannons and RPO-2 "Shmel-M" rocket launchers,

4. "Flamethrower version" with blocks of NURS 220 mm launchers with thermobaric shots,

5. A special security vehicle.

There is not the slightest doubt that such a combat technique will find its niche. Robotic tanks and multiple launch rocket systems can be used to perform a wide range of tasks: reconnaissance, defenses, fighting tanks and fortified points of the enemy, evacuating people and damaged equipment from the battlefield, demining, etc. However, for its mass production, it is first necessary to acquire the appropriate technologies.

So, we need modern systems for determining the location of the tank, remote control and firing, closed data and video transmission channels, and it is also highly desirable to have developments in artificial intelligence (AI) to increase the autonomy and effectiveness of independent actions of the armored vehicle. In this regard, a natural question arises: how expedient is it to develop and implement such advanced technologies on, to put it mildly, not the new T-72B3? Wouldn't it be rational to turn the super-modern T-14 into a robotic tank?

Unmanned "Armata"


Let's face it, the Armata platform is asking for robotics itself. This promising main battle tank with an uninhabited turret was originally developed for a crew of three. But it would be better to do without people on board altogether, and such work is already underway, said Vladimir Artyakov, First Deputy Defense Corporation Rostec:

The well-known Armata tank was originally designed as a crew-driven vehicle. But the level of modern technology today makes it possible to turn it into a drone - we carried out the relevant tests, and they turned out to be successful.

We are talking specifically about artificial intelligence technologies, which are necessary to control military equipment. Looking at the T-14, with its oversaturation with the most advanced technology, it is very easy to imagine it as a robotic tank. This is the so-called "stealth" -tank, created for conducting "network-centric warfare" of the 21st century, capable of conducting reconnaissance and combat independently, as well as directing and adjusting the fire of other tanks, self-propelled guns and anti-aircraft missile systems. "Armata" is equipped with a unified tactical control system (ESU TZ), capable of managing a unified information network, with the integration of various types of communication, including communication with unmanned aerial vehicles and other reconnaissance means, online interaction of different types of troops on the battlefield.

The T-14 is a real "tank from the future" and it can become unmanned. The question is, why did Uralvagonzavod start the robotization process not with him, but with the elderly T-72B3?

Perhaps the fact is that the "Armata" is still produced only in a very small experimental series. Next year, the troops are expected to receive only 2 dozen "tanks of the future". Perhaps the main drawback of the T-14 is the excessively high price. How much will it increase if you make "Armata" a full-fledged robot? There is still no definite answer to this question. However, if we assume that the robot tank should become a "consumable that you do not mind", then its price should not be too high. As history shows us, wars are not won at the expense of the "wunderwaffe"; the "weapon of Victory" should be simple, reliable and massive.

For this reason, most likely, "Armata" in the future will be precisely a command tank with a crew on board, and unmanned T-72B3 will go to storm the fortified areas.
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  1. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 24 December 2021 18: 17
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    ... Let's face it, the Armata platform is asking for robotics itself. This promising main battle tank with an uninhabited turret was originally developed for a crew of three.

    The judgments of a layman, but not a specialist. You need to know that all robots are made in order to eliminate losses in personnel. Their purpose is to go forward and clear a place for manned vehicles. Armored robots are, in fact, disposable products that work at the edge, in the most dangerous places, in the hottest spots, of course, in urban areas, where it will be very easy to destroy a tank of ANY security. The T-14 is too expensive a tank for this purpose. Atrophied logic does not allow us to understand that a deserted tower and a deserted tank are nearby, and in this sense differ little from each other.
    1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 24 December 2021 19: 14
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      Point by point:
      your comment

      Judgments of a layman, but not a specialist. You need to know that all robots are made in order to eliminate losses in personnel. Their purpose is to go forward and clear a place for manned vehicles.

      my thesis

      There is not the slightest doubt that such military equipment will find its niche. Robotic tanks and multiple launch rocket systems can be used to perform a wide range of tasks: reconnaissance, defenses, fighting tanks and fortified points of the enemy, evacuating people and damaged equipment from the battlefield, demining, etc.

      your comment

      Armored robots are, in fact, disposable products that work at the edge, in the most dangerous places, in the hottest spots, of course, in urban areas, where it will be very easy to destroy a tank of ANY security.

      my thesis:

      Perhaps the main drawback of the T-14 is the excessively high price. How much will it increase if you make "Armata" a full-fledged robot? There is still no definite answer to this question. However, if we assume that the robot tank should become a "consumable that you do not mind", then its price should not be too high. As history shows us, wars are not won at the expense of the "wunderwaffe"; the "weapon of Victory" should be simple, reliable and massive.

      your comment

      The T-14 is too expensive a tank for this purpose. Atrophied logic does not allow us to understand that a deserted tower and a deserted tank are nearby, and in this sense differ little from each other.

      my thesis:

      However, if we assume that the robot tank should become a "consumable that you do not mind", then its price should not be too high. As history shows us, wars are not won at the expense of the "wunderwaffe"; the "weapon of Victory" should be simple, reliable and massive.

      For this reason, most likely, "Armata" in the future will be precisely a command tank with a crew on board, and unmanned T-72B3 will go to storm the fortified areas.

      The question is: who has atrophied logic here and who is the layman?

      Start thinking with your head, not ....

      You would be the first to start.
      fool
  2. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 24 December 2021 18: 30
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    Quote: dub0vitsky
    The judgments of a layman, but not a specialist. You need to know that all robots are made in order to eliminate losses in personnel. Their purpose is to go forward and clear a place for manned vehicles. Armored robots are, in fact, disposable products that work at the edge, in the most dangerous places, in the hottest spots, of course, in urban areas, where it will be very easy to destroy a tank of ANY security. The T-14 is too expensive a tank for this purpose. Atrophied logic does not allow us to understand that a deserted tower and a deserted tank are nearby, and in this sense differ little from each other.

    I make you one last comment about the rudeness addressed to me. Then the moderators will deal with you.
  3. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 24 December 2021 18: 43
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    Quote: Marzhetsky
    Quote: dub0vitsky
    The judgments of a layman, but not a specialist. You need to know that all robots are made in order to eliminate losses in personnel. Their purpose is to go forward and clear a place for manned vehicles. Armored robots are, in fact, disposable products that work at the edge, in the most dangerous places, in the hottest spots, of course, in urban areas, where it will be very easy to destroy a tank of ANY security. The T-14 is too expensive a tank for this purpose. Atrophied logic does not allow us to understand that a deserted tower and a deserted tank are nearby, and in this sense differ little from each other.

    I make you one last comment about the rudeness addressed to me. Then the moderators will deal with you.

    Start thinking with your head, not .... What, in fact, can you object? Prove that you are at least the least bit expert.
    1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 24 December 2021 18: 44
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      Start thinking with your head, not ....

      That is, you intend to continue in the same spirit?

      What, in essence, can you object? Prove that you are at least the least bit expert.

      What exactly and why should I prove to you? Your comment is a retelling of the theses of my article. You rewrote in comment what I wrote in my article, you repeat it with pathos and demand something incomprehensible from me. Why should I object to myself? Are you out of your mind at all?
      This is all very strange. fool
  4. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 24 December 2021 19: 36
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    Quote: Marzhetsky
    Point by point:
    your comment

    Judgments of a layman, but not a specialist. You need to know that all robots are made in order to eliminate losses in personnel. Their purpose is to go forward and clear a place for manned vehicles.

    my thesis

    There is not the slightest doubt that such military equipment will find its niche. Robotic tanks and multiple launch rocket systems can be used to perform a wide range of tasks: reconnaissance, defenses, fighting tanks and fortified points of the enemy, evacuating people and damaged equipment from the battlefield, demining, etc.

    your comment

    Armored robots are, in fact, disposable products that work at the edge, in the most dangerous places, in the hottest spots, of course, in urban areas, where it will be very easy to destroy a tank of ANY security.

    my thesis:

    Perhaps the main drawback of the T-14 is the excessively high price. How much will it increase if you make "Armata" a full-fledged robot? There is still no definite answer to this question. However, if we assume that the robot tank should become a "consumable that you do not mind", then its price should not be too high. As history shows us, wars are not won at the expense of the "wunderwaffe"; the "weapon of Victory" should be simple, reliable and massive.

    your comment

    The T-14 is too expensive a tank for this purpose. Atrophied logic does not allow us to understand that a deserted tower and a deserted tank are nearby, and in this sense differ little from each other.

    my thesis:

    However, if we assume that the robot tank should become a "consumable that you do not mind", then its price should not be too high. As history shows us, wars are not won at the expense of the "wunderwaffe"; the "weapon of Victory" should be simple, reliable and massive.

    For this reason, most likely, "Armata" in the future will be precisely a command tank with a crew on board, and unmanned T-72B3 will go to storm the fortified areas.

    The question is: who has atrophied logic here and who is the layman?

    Start thinking with your head, not ....

    You would be the first to start.
    fool

    So it was with THIS and it was necessary to begin. I put pluses for almost every line you write. Now see for yourself. that your showdown did not leave anything on your first question, why not Armata? And that's exactly what I was talking about. And the harshness of judgment (long-term experience of a polemicist) MAKES the opponent to mobilize and FIND an argument in his favor. It is impossible to do otherwise with my profession. Constructor-dictator.
  5. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 24 December 2021 20: 27
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    Quote: dub0vitsky
    So it was with THIS and it was necessary to begin. I put pluses for almost every line you write. Now see for yourself. that your showdown did not leave anything on your first question, why not Armata? And that's exactly what I was talking about. And the harshness of judgment (long-term experience of a polemicist) MAKES the opponent to mobilize and FIND an argument in his favor. It is impossible to do otherwise with my profession. Constructor-dictator.

    Uff, I don't even know how to comment on this what
  6. Binder Offline Binder
    Binder (Miron) 24 December 2021 20: 54
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    Mr. Marzhetsky again turned on his imagination, which has no boundaries. smile Calm down, you are our optimistic, there will be no unmanned tank hordes in the Russian army, the Russian military-industrial complex simply cannot produce robotic tanks in the required quantity, as, indeed, its own AUG and hundreds of fifth-generation fighters. By the way, it was announced by the responsible comrades that by the end of this year several more Su-57s will be commissioned in addition to the only one that seems to be in operation. The year ends in a few days, and where are these cars? bully
    1. Marzhecki Online Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) 25 December 2021 06: 47
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      Mr. Marzhetsky again turned on his imagination, which has no boundaries. smile Calm down, you are our optimistic

      God forbid me to be "yours", brrr ...
      As for calm down: the current situation with effective management cannot continue indefinitely, it can still change a lot. wink
      Other people, different approaches. soldier Then with you, the Israelis, the conversation will be different. And you may not be able to sit out in San Jose.
      1. Binder Offline Binder
        Binder (Miron) 25 December 2021 07: 41
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        Quote: Marzhetsky
        can still change a lot

        Undoubtedly, but only in the direction of deterioration, there are not the slightest signs of positive dynamics.

        Quote: Marzhetsky
        Then with you, the Israelis, the conversation will be different. And you may not be able to sit out in San Jose.

        The Soviets frankly did not work with the Israelis: every time, as soon as some of the Kremlin's friends of the Arabs decided to directly participate in hostilities against the Jewish state, they received a very painful rebuff. bully
  7. skeptic Offline skeptic
    skeptic 24 December 2021 21: 38
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    If you make robots, then it is more rational to use T-62 tanks, etc. Computer stuffing, there is where to place. Modifying them as disposable, with the "kamikaze" function, after damage, is more logical and cheaper. Made a normal air sight system. Modern planes drop old bombs like "smart" ones. So it is necessary to solve the issue of old tanks, giving them a second life. At least, as tank ambushes or rearguard cover.
  8. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 26 December 2021 16: 04
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    Quote: Marzhetsky
    Other people, different approaches. Then with you, the Israelis, the conversation will be different. And you may not be able to sit out in San Jose.

    Without support, Israel will be eaten by numerous neighbors in months. They live while the United States holds back the encirclement, sowing discord between them. If the external force disappears, strife will be forgotten, and the bubble of Israel will collapse again, as it was 2000 years. The nation that created NAZISM will be reduced to 0.
  9. viktortarianik Offline viktortarianik
    viktortarianik (Victor) 14 January 2022 18: 40
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    Somehow I missed this article. Tanks-robots, they are stuffed with electronics, right? It is assumed that these are vehicles for breaking through enemy defenses. And how protected are they from enemy electronic warfare?
  10. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 February 2022 17: 52
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    And where did the whole lines of tankette robots go?
    - uranium, etc. They were announced for a dozen. Small, powerful, inexpensive.

    The essence of robotics is mass character, otherwise what's the point.

    you can piece it into a robot at least an expensive T14, at least a cheaper T72. but it won't make much sense