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How Will Russia Unveil Its Top-Secret T-14 Battle Tank? Details Revealed

© Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the mediabankRehearsal of Victory Parade on Red Square
Rehearsal of Victory Parade on Red Square - Sputnik International
The new T-14 tank on the Armata platform will be presented at a night-time parade rehearsal as soon as Friday, but it's likely that arms experts will not be able to learn much about it.

Russia's next-generation Armata main battle tank, which due to be shown to the public at the 2015 Victory Day parade in Moscow, will undergo state testing in 2016 - Sputnik International
Russia's Armata Battle Tank to Go Through State Trials in 2016
The Russian next-generation T-14 Armata main battle tank, due to be unveiled at the Red Square Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9 will appear in public at an advance parade rehearsal, according to a source in the defense industry, Russian news site Lenta.Ru reported.

The latest rehearsal for what is planned to be the biggest Victory Day parade in Russia's recent history is scheduled for Friday, at 6:45 a.m., so it's possible that the Armata tank will appear as soon as this week.

However, the tank will appear in a camouflage that will distort it's silhouette and make it impossible to examine its exact configuration. The technique, practiced by car manufacturers to protect prospective models from espionage, will likely be adapted for the Armata. One existing technology to conceal a tank's shape is the Nakidka, developed by Moscow's Steel Research Institute, which also conceals a tank's thermal, infrared and radar signatures.

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the mediabank"Nakidka" camouflage system covering a T-90MS
Nakidka camouflage system covering a T-90MS - Sputnik International
"Nakidka" camouflage system covering a T-90MS

The first 20 T-14 Armata main battle tanks were handed over to the military earlier in February. It was initially thought that the new tank would be revealed then, but authorities decided to keep the tank's details a secret.

The T-14 (Object 149) main battle tank is based on the Armata platform, which has been in development at Uralvagonzavod since 2009. Other than the tank, the platform will be used for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), self-propelled guns (SPGs), engineering vehicles and other uses.

Workers of the JSC Uralvagonzavod assemble tanks on the production floor - Sputnik International
Russia to Start Producing New Main Battle Tank in 2016
The Armata tank will reportedly feature a remotely controlled gun and fully automated loading, as well as a separate crew compartment made from composite materials and protected by multilayered armor.

The tank will go through state trials in 2016, and it is expected that by 2020, over 2,300 tanks on the Armata platform will be supplied to the military.

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