In an interview with the Russian news network Zvezda, military expert Sergey Suvorov said that it is too early to speak of a new German tank gun's shell being able to pierce the armor of the sophisticated Russian T-14 tank, part of the Armata family of armored combat vehicles.
The interview came after the German military giant Rheinmetall Defense unveiled the prototype of a powerful 130mm smoothbore tank gun which its maker claims is powerful enough to counter the T-14 tank, according to Britain's Jane's Defense Weekly. Field trials of the new gun are slated for later this year.
"It's unclear how they are going to fire this gun during the upcoming trials, given that the gun has yet to be installed on a tank," Suvorov said, also citing the gun's manual loading and its "longer and heavier shots" which he said will damage the gun's rate of fire.
130mmL/51tank gun at the Rheinmetall stand at Eurosatory pic.twitter.com/Cwgptj2gOP— JPW_FIDES (@JPW_FIDES) 13 июня 2016 г.
Zvezda concludes that the German engineers had decided to benefit from a topical subject related to the T-14 rather than produce anything capable of taking out the Armata Tank.