T-14 Armata’s state-of-the-art T-14 tank is back. Mocked by some experts and journalists (especially after breaking down during the parade), it is far more dangerous than previously thought. Leaks from British military intelligence confirm previous rumors. Even the British believe that the T-14 Armata is the most revolutionary tank of recent decades.
The Russian gem among the combat cars is Vladimir Putin’s real pride. Why? First: It’s the first such modern tank in its class, and secondly it will be mass produced at a very low price. According to the British intelligence service, this Russian design is not just a propaganda match for the “PAK-TA” jet, but a real threat to the NATO armor.
Armor to withstand the attack of even the most modern anti-tank missiles
The crew protection is taken care of by a special, reactive armor whose cells are discharged with explosive material. In the event of a missile strike by an appropriately designed armor, the scattered part of the kinetic energy will be dissipated in another direction. These types of armor have been successfully used for many years in Western combat vehicles.
To make up for this, Russian engineers decided to use double armor of this type. This is to provide protection even against the biggest enemies of tanks: guided missiles. According to the T-14 leak, Armata is to deal with Hellfire missiles, M47 Dragon, JAGM, Javelin and other types of anti-tank weapons (including HEAT). Underneath the reactive armor there are of course layers of armor – this time steel, made of steel 44S-SW-Sz. The T-14 crew will be very well protected.
The computer will help you to operate a modern, unmanned turret
What is important, it will be unmanned, remote controlled. It will be operated by a gunner who will be in the lower, heavily armored crew compartment with the entire crew. In classic tanks his place was in a turret. This limited the valuable place that could be used for example to store ammunition. The solution used in the T-14 also has another advantage. The unmanned turret is very easy to integrate with modern electronic aiming systems. T-14 crew will have much easier work, because in this and other activities will help her … computer.
Powerful cannons and a large number of electronic sensors will help to eliminate targets even more accurately
The T-14’s firepower is largely attributed to the powerful 125-millimeter smooth cannon type 2A82-1M. The ammunition supply is to carry up to 45 rounds of ammunition, of which up to 32 can be loaded by the loader. Depending on the ammunition used, the rate of fire is 10 to 12 rounds per minute. According to Russian experts, the 2A82-1M cannon is one of the best in its class – both in terms of accuracy and the energy of missiles fired. This can be attributed to its large range (depending on the type of ammo used), which is up to 8 km.
The second type of equipment will be a set of two machine guns – one is a 0.5 inch Caliber rifle and the other is a classic PTKM (7.62 mm caliber) designed to fire light infantry and infantry.
In identifying and locating the target, it has a modern, optoelectronic sensor capable of spotting the enemy for over 7.5 miles. To determine its exact distance, check the laser rangefinder. It is important to observe the battlefield as smoothly as possible. The T-14 can watch battlefields at 360 degrees thanks to a system of high resolution round-the-clock cameras (also at night, thanks to the night vision system). For the greater distance, the first violin is to play an active electronic phase radar. It allows you to identify up to 40 flying targets and up to 25 terrestrial targets from up to 100 km. In addition, if a fast-moving threat is detected, the T-14 will be able to warn the crew that it will be able to take appropriate steps to avoid it.
It is worth noting that none of the Russian tanks so far have benefited so much from modern electronics. In this respect, the T-14 Armata has nothing to be ashamed of even in comparison with western constructions.
Spaces of power and range put the T-14 in the first division
The final version of the engine that will be used on most T-14s is not exactly known, but it will most likely be a Russian diesel: ChTZ 12Н360 (A-85-3A) of power from 1200 to 2000 hp. Depending on the variant chosen, the resurfacing of the engine will be different: for the weakest version it is expected to be up to 10,000 hours, and more than 2000 hours. Designers also listened to the military and put on a quick time to repair the propulsion unit. In field conditions it only takes 30-60 minutes.
Appropriate acceleration and transmission in the area will be a modern 12-speed automatic transmission. On the smooth roads, the pride of the Russian army is to allow it to accelerate to as much as 90 km / h, and to reach 56 km / h on the ground. So it’s much faster than the AMX-56 Leclerc or M1 Abrams in the latest version (with a ton of weight up to 31 bhp).
There is no known fuel tank capacity for this construction, but the manufacturer declares a range of over 500 kilometers. This quite extensive range includes, but is not limited to, the use of modern electronic engine control systems. This is a novelty in tanks of Russian production, which so far was rather the face of excess electronics.
The T-14 will be the basic tank of the Russian Armed Forces. The game is … even 2300 pieces
Initially, the 100 series are ordered to the test series, which will be checked in field conditions. This is only the beginning, as Vladimir Putin’s plans to expand the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are very serious and involve, among other things, the incarnation of the T-14 on a much broader scale. By 2022 it is estimated that the Russian army will acquire as many as 2,300 tanks of this type. The scale of this modernization may be evidenced by the fact that Russia now has about 2,500 tanks in the “active” state and 12500 tanks in the “reserve” state. The delivery of new superchannels would help increase the firepower of the entire fleet or replace older structures such as the T-54 / T-55 or T-62 / T-64.