The first 20 T-14 tanks based on the Armata heavy tracked platform will be handed over to the Armed Forces by the end of the year. Earlier, the army received T-90M "Breakthrough" combat vehicles.
Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko named the number of T-14 main battle tanks (MBT) that the army will receive by the end of the year. This was reported to Izvestia.
“This year, 20 newest T-14 Armata tanks will enter the troops,” the deputy head of the department quoted the media as saying. Krivoruchko noted that the army will receive 65 T-90M Proryv tanks (the first such vehicles were delivered to the Armed Forces last year), a brigade set of the Iskander-M operational-tactical complex, as well as UAVs of various types, including shock ones.
According to the June statement of the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, serial production of the T-14 "Armata" will begin in 2022. In February, defense sources said the T-14 would be a "mobile headquarters" capable of coordinating the actions of other combat units online. A unique automated control system will allow this to be realized.
It is known that the tank received electronic warfare, thanks to which it can protect various equipment, in particular, from air strikes.
Earlier this year, it became known that the T-14 was able to independently, without the participation of crew members, find and recognize the target. Its search and capture is performed by a combined system operating in both visible and infrared ranges. The decision on whether to hit the target or not is made by the MBT commander.
The T-14 is sometimes called the "new generation tank", which is very conditional (there is no clear distinction in this matter). Meanwhile, it is obvious that the new vehicle is the most "advanced" Russian tank, which has many innovations that distinguish it from both other domestic and Western MBTs.
First of all, this concerns the uninhabited tower: all three crew members are in a special armored capsule in the front. It is assumed that such a solution will ensure the survival of the crew. A new complex of active protection "Afghanit", capable of hitting a wide range of threats with special elements, including shells attacking armored vehicles, is also called upon to increase the tank's survivability on the battlefield.
The T-14 also features many advanced sensors and sensors. The vehicle was equipped with medium-range Doppler radar with AFAR and ultraviolet HD surveillance cameras with 360-degree circular coverage, giving the most complete picture of the situation on the battlefield. According to some reports, the T-14 can operate in unmanned mode.