The Russian army to start receiving the new generation tank T-14 Armata.
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The Russian Defense Minister has started the production of the new third-generation main battle tank, the T-14 Armata developed by Uralvagonzavod (UVZ). The announcement was delievered by Vladimir Artiakov, deputy general manager of the state corporation Rostec. Earlier this month, the head of the Rostec Corporation announced that the Russian Army will start receiving its first T-14 Armata tanks by the end of this month. The Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that they will receive a total of 20 tanks by the of December.
Twenty T-14 tanks based on the Armata heavy multiservice tracked platform are planned for delivery before the end of 2021. Under the terms of a state contract, the armor’s serial deliveries to the troops are implemented before the end of state trials. Now work is underway to produce a pilot batch before the end of the state trials to get the experience of operational evaluation in the troopsHead of the 47th Military Representative Office Major Dmitry Repin a month ago.
The T-14 Armata tank was first unveiled in the Moscow Victory Day Parade in May 2015. Initially, the Russian army planned to obtain 2,300 T-14 Armata tanks during 2015 and 2020, but due to the high costs of new combat vehicles serial production of the tank was delayed. It was field tested in Syria. The tank consists of an unmanned turret, activated by remote control. The crew is protected by an armored capsule, and the weapons include a 125mm smoothbore cannon and a remote control machine gun 7.62 mm.
More details to follow.