Russia is just about to unveil its latest armored platform, the T-14 tank.
The tank, called the Armata, has largely been kept under wraps although technical details about the platform have steadily been emerging. The Armata is planned to feature considerable upgrades to the armor, engine, and armaments of the vehicle over previous Russian and Soviet tank models.
Until the tank is actually seen in action, any claims as to the Armata’s capabilities could be nothing more than propaganda, an overstatement reminiscent of Russia’s improbable claims that it’s working on a supersonic transport jet.
Color me unimpressed. First, it’s going to take a while before it enters service, if ever. Second, at 48 tons, it simply doesn’t have the weight of armor to survive most heavy anti-tank weapons.