First T-14 Armata main battle tanks could be delivered to Russian army in 2022

According to information published by the Russian Defense website on November 22, 2021, the trial tests of the Russian-made T-14 Armata are in the final step and the first tank could be delivered to the Russian army in 2022.
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The latest variant of the Russian-made T-14 Armata was displayed during the Army-2021 defense exhibition in Russia. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The end of the T-14 Armata MBT (Main Battle Tank) trial tests are planned for 2022. This information was confirmed by the Main Armored Directorate of Russian the Ministry of Defense, Major General Alexander Shestakov.

According to a Russian military source, two battalions of T-14 MBTs and a battalion of BMP T-15 tracked IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle) based on the Armata platform. The Russian Armed Forces will receive 20 advanced T-14 tanks based on the Armata platform by the yearend, said the Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko.

The T-14 tank based on the Armata platform was developed by the Uralvagonzavod Group and unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015. In 2019, the tank passed preliminary trials.

The T-14 Armata has a unique design consisting of an unmanned turret and the three-men crew stays in a front armored capsule. Decreased weight allowed increasing protection against armor-piercing and cumulative projectiles, antitank missiles, grenades, and mines.

The T-14 tank meets the highest requirements to target search and identification, fire, and automatic operation. The combat module was designed by the hunter-shooter principle, which automatically and rapidly transmits guidance from the commander to the gun layer.

The T-14 Armata is armed with a new generation of 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore gun with an automatic loader and 32 rounds ready to use. The main gun can fire also a new laser-guided missile with a range from 7 to 12 km.

The basic protection of the T-14 Armat is based on a new steel armor and metal-ceramic plates to provide protection STANAG 4569 Level 5 (25 mm APDS-T (M791) or TLB 073 at 500 m with 1258 m/s and artillery 155 mm High Explosive at 25 m). The Armata 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.

One of the main features of the T-14 Armata is the integration of the Active Protection System (APS) Afghanit which seems similar to the Israeli Trophy able to intercept and destroy incoming missiles and rockets. The system is designed to work against all types of anti-tank missiles and rockets, including handheld weapons such as rocket-propelled grenades.