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    Russia’s Armata Tank on Par With US Abrams and German Leopard

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    Russia's innovative T-14 Armata tank can compete with the US M1A2 Abrams and the German Leopard 2, a Chinese media source claims.

    Russia's new tank, the T-14 Armata, that will make its first official appearance at Moscow's May 9 Victory Day parade, can compete equally with the US M1A2 Abrams and the German Leopard 2, a Chinese media source pointed out.

    The much-anticipated 5th generation innovative battle vehicle was developed by the Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation and combined the most advanced developments in the design and construction of heavy armored platforms. The multipurpose vehicle will be produced as a battle tank T-14, an infantry fighting vehicle, a combat engineering vehicle, a tank support combat vehicle and a self-propelled artillery platform. The Armata Universal Combat Platform is also designed to be used as sophisticated air defense and nuclear-biological-chemical (NBC) defense systems.

    The T-14 battle tank is equipped with an unmanned remotely controlled turret armed with a new generation 125mm smoothbore cannon — the 2A82-1M. The new 2A82-1M gun boasts 15 to 20 percent improved accuracy compared with the T-90's 2A46M canon. It has also outstripped the German Leopard 2 A6's 120mm gun in muzzle velocity. Reportedly, the T-14 might also be armed with a specially designed 152mm cannon, the most powerful gun ever carried by a main battle tank.

    Remarkably, the armored platform's turret carries a 30mm machine cannon capable of neutralizing low-flying aerial targets, such as drones and helicopters, while its 12.7mm heavy machine gun could be used for both attacking enemy infantry and intercepting shells and anti-tank missiles approaching at speeds up to 3,000 meters per second.

    The designers also developed a multi-layer armored capsule for the Armata's crew. It should also be noted that the multipurpose vehicle is fully computerized.

    The Russian army will reportedly receive around 2,300 T-14 battle tanks by 2020, equipping up to 70 percent of its tank fleet with innovative battle vehicles.

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