The Russian Defense Ministry has released video from a recent tank drill that shows, for the first time ever, the capabilities of the T-14 Armata. In the footage, Russia’s newest tank is shown negotiating hillocks and trenches.
Armata has a new modular armor system, unmanned turret, active and passive protection systems, digital tracking system and is allegedly coated with a stealth paint making it “invisible” to radar.
The first batch of 100 Armata tanks will come into service with Russia’s ground troops in 2017-18, according to a statement from Vyacheslav Khalitov, deputy head of the Uralvagonzavod research and production corporation, the tank’s manufacturer, to the Ekho Moskvy radio station.
The published price of a Т-14 Armata tank is about 250 million rubles ($3.8 million). The basic model has a 125-mm gun. However, according to the tank’s designers and manufacturers, the Armata can be upgraded to a 152-mm gun.
The Т-14 is capable of firing 10 shots a minute at an effective range of up to 4.5 miles.
SOURCES – Russia Beyond the Headlines, Youtube, UPI