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    Armata T-14 during the rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow

    No Analogue: Russia's Armata Tank Blasts Through West's Post-Soviet Expectations

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    The creation of the state-of-the-art Russian T-14 Armata tank took the West off-guard, military expert Ivan Konovalov told Sputnik.

    In an interview with Sputnik, military expert Ivan Konovalov said that the West never thought that Russia's military-industrial complex would be able to create the advanced T-14 Armata tank.

    His interview came after UK military intelligence said in a five-page report that the T-14 is the most breakthrough step in tank design in the last 50 years.

    "Without hyperbole, Armata represents the most revolutionary change in tank design in the last half century," the report said, citing the vehicle's speed, radar systems and turret design.

    Commenting on the matter, Konovalov told Sputnik that the West, especially the UK, was highly impressed by the fact that the Russian defense industry could develop, create and actually start mass-producing such a breakthrough tank.

    "The West still remains in shock about the emergence of the T-14 Armata tank given that the West had repeatedly predicted that the Armata project would never be implemented and that the tank would be a 'soap bubble,'" he said.

    According to him, the T-14's sophisticated characteristics set a new trend in tank construction. Konovalov said that "the West will have to either create the T-14's analogue or admit that they currently need no tanks on the potential battlefield."

    "However, modern warfare once again confirmed the significance of the tanks, especially those equipped with a powerful protection system," he said, adding that the T-14 has the most advanced protection system in the world.

    The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled its next-generation Armata tank at the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow in 2015.

    The Armata tank features sophisticated weaponry, a remote control turret and outer armor that explodes on impact to prevent shells from reaching the crew inside.

    The tank's interior features a capsule that keeps the crew isolated from ammunition and fuel, which can increase chances for the crew's survival if the tank is hit.

    A digital control system directs the tank's movement, tracks targets and activates its defense systems, freeing the crew from routine tasks so they can focus on key combat functions.

    Currently, the tank sports the standard 125-mm cannon, but, designers say, it could easily outfitted with a much more powerful 152-mm cannon in the future.


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    • Jammy
      Does the engine in these new tanks keeps getting turned off and the reason I ask is because thats just what happens in Syria with the S400's when Israel wants to come bombing.

      Russia should be sending these new toys to Alepoo where western backed terrorists are walking all over Russia and making it look weak because Russia cannot or will not defend Syria and has forgotten how to fight a war
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      Concrete Mikein reply toJammy(Show commentHide comment)
      Jammy, yes juste give thé t-14 to thé cia Will ya. Did you see thé siZe of it, too big for east aleppo sadly. It would bé great around palmyra, but not in Aleppo
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      cast235in reply toConcrete Mike(Show commentHide comment)
      Concrete Mike,

      Re check size. Is not that big. Just check the crack on floor. You must move the T 90 back a bit. And they nearly equal.
      Hope they were smart enough to dev a secondary system. That Armata could run cold.
      With no electricity. That could be easily arrange with some pneumatic hoses. In case the tank main electricity fails, or a hack.
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      cast235in reply toJammy(Show commentHide comment)
      Jammy, What a clown. how much NATO pay you?

      Just because it stopped in the re rehearsal of a parade , doesn't mean it always fail. Beside the guys were learni8ng to use that thing.. Takes a few months to understand such thing. Next is security, so no one can start it and go just like that.
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      Armata is great. By 2020 will have updates that will change all.

      I was thinking and check, that Russia should field the T95. It could have dual plants!!! Turbine and diesel. Including a power pack for elec only ride.
      This could keep it away from urban areas. With 152 mm instead of 125. Speed is great. they should reach 200kmph.
      NEXT, add bathroom and rest area inside Armata!! Must kill or capture of crew of tanks, happens when they stop to do human needs.
      Snipers kill them. they should have hammocks to sleep inside. amenities, tv etc. And food water. They stay inside until they home. Fumes should be extract from turret. Less maintenance.
      Finally Armata should have small cal machine gun. For fast fire. 12 mm .. too.
      Defense. DROZD , should be used. With smaller missile and in bigger amounts, and 360 deg this could stop any missiles and even down helicopters at some high.
      Russia will need new protection. Including laser .
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