Plans for Russia's T-14 Armata tank – Business Insider

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.

via Plans for Russia’s T-14 Armata tank – Business Insider.

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.

7 thoughts on “Plans for Russia's T-14 Armata tank – Business Insider”

  1. Strictly looking at the stats, a 48 ton tank with a 1500hp engine would give some incredible maneuverability. Wow. I am curious about the difference between automatic loader capacity and total capacity and where that is stowed. I assume that it results, as usual, in the “ring of fire” (thanks, Johnny Cash) that burns so spectacularly. I’d like to pick one of these up on my CITV and pump a sabot round through it. Preferably from my station. “On the way!”

  2. From what I’ve read, the Russians have had mixed success with an auto-loader.

    Besides which, every history of tank battle I’ve ever read has emphasized the need for the tank commander to keep his head out. Gonna be hard to do in an unmanned turret.

  3. Almost looks like they’re trying to bring “speed is life” to the tank world. It also looks like they’re up-armoring the crew capsule at the expense of total survivability, which seems…uncharacteristic for Russians.

    1. With the plunging birth rates, Ivan is having to give more consideration to such things. Speed can improve survivability to the extent it prevents hits, but the thinner armor will do utterly nothing for survivability. A good gunner, however, can work around the speed thing.

      If memory serves, we tried to develop an auto loader, but the results were problematic. Ivan keeps building the things for some reason, come what may. Maybe they worked the bugs out, but I have my doubts.

      1. They don’t need the bugs worked out, they just need it to work better than the proverbial half-drunk, semi-literate Russian conscript.

    2. The MGS variant of Styrker has an auto loader and it is slow with a six rounds-per-minute rate of fire at best. Also has serious maintenance reliability issues. A fast Abrams loader can reload in 4-5 seconds although can’t sustain that for too long. An average loader still must load in under seven seconds to pass the test. My old butt, with bad shoulders, can still load in low six or high fives with a couple practice runs.

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