Russia to start serial production of T-14 Armata tank and T-15 IFV
According to information by the Russian press agency TASS on December 30, 2020, Russian Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko has announced the serial production of the T-14 Armata main battle tank and for the T-15 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle).
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Russian-made T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank MBT. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The serial production of the T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank (MBT) and the T-15 tracked armored IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) will begin before the completion of all trials in order to speed up their delivery to the Russian armed forces,
"In order to shorten the timeframe for deliveries of the prospective weapons to the troops, the launch of their products will be carried out before the trials are completed, as soon as it is confirmed that they have the specified characteristics and after they are tested under simulated combat conditions," Krivoruchko said.
The T-14 Armata is the next generation of MBT that will enter into service with the Russian army. according to Russian military sources, the first batch of 100 T-14 tanks could be delivered and deployed with the 2nd Guards Tamanskaya Motor Rifle Division in 2021.
The T-14 Armata MBT was unveiled for the first time to the public during the rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade in March 2015. The tank was designed by the Russian defense company Uralvagonzavod. The development of the T-14 Armata was launched in 2013, followed by the delivery of a first prototype in 2015.
The main armament of the T-14 Armata MBT includes one 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore gun with an automatic loader and 32 rounds ready to use. The T-14 Armata carries a total of 45 rounds. The T-14 Armata is also equipped with one remote weapon station mounted on the top rear of the turret armed with one 7.62mm mm machine gun.
The T-14 MBT is protected with additional active and passive armor. The front of the tank is covered with reactive armor and the back has slat armor to increase protection against anti-tank RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) attacks. The T-14 Armata is protected with a new ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour).
Russian-made T-15 tracked armored IFV Infantry Fighting Vehicle. (Picture source Army Recognition)
The T-15 IFV is an armored infantry fighting vehicle based on the Armata tracked platform. The T-15 BMP is fitted with an unmanned turret located at the rear of the vehicle, designed and manufactured by the Defense Company KBP. The turret is armed with one 30mm 2A42 automatic cannon. The second armament of the vehicle includes a PKTM 7,62mm machine gun and two anti-tank guided missile Kornet-D launchers mounted on each side of the turret.
The T-15 BMP Armata used a new design if you compare the old generation of Russian AIFV (Armoured Infantry Fighting Vehicle) as the BMP family. At the front of the hull is located the crew of the vehicle with the commander, gunner and drive and the troops compartment at the rear which can carry a total of 9 soldiers. The armor consists of some places of a layer of concrete sandwiched between layers of steel, ceramic and composite materials, which offers high level of protection against the firing of small arms and blast of mine explosions.