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Russia to deploy T-14 Armata tanks in Ukraine to counter Leopard 2A6 and M1A2 Abrams MBTs

According to information published by Cable News Network "News18" on February 12, 2023, several videos are circulating on the internet and social networks showing Russian soldiers carrying out live fire training with the latest generation of Russian-made main battle tanks, T-14 Armata. Citing Russian sources, T-14 Armata tanks will be deployed in Ukraine to counter Leopard 2A6 and M1A2 Abrams tanks promised by the United States and European countries.
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Russia T-14 Armata Main Battle tank vs. German-made Leopard 2A6 tank in Ukraine. (Picture source Army Recognition)

Indeed, the United States and European countries have agreed to deliver modern Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine. The United States has approved the supply of 31 M1A2 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, while the United Kingdom announced on January 14, 2023, the delivery of 14 British-made Challenger 2 tanks, and Germany has approved the donation of 14 Leopard 2A6 tanks with ammunition.

Other European countries have also made the decision to supply other variants of the Leopard 2 tank and more than 200 Leopard 1A5 tanks from Germany, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

Neither the Leopard 2A6 nor the T-14 Armata has ever been deployed in actual tank combat during a conflict. It will be interesting for tank manufacturers and armed forces to discover the strengths and weaknesses of these new tank generations during a real conflict.

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German army Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank MBT. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The Leopard 2A6 tank is a highly capable combat vehicle. It has a proven record of high mobility and firepower, making it effective in a variety of combat scenarios. It has a powerful 120mm smoothbore gun capable of firing different types of ammunition, including armor-piercing and high-explosive rounds.

The Leopard 2A6 is also equipped with advanced fire control systems, thermal imaging sights, and reactive armor, providing increased protection against modern anti-tank weapons.

In addition to its firepower and protection, the Leopard 2A6 also has excellent mobility and agility, making it effective in a variety of combat scenarios. It has a powerful engine that enables it to reach high speeds and accelerate quickly, while its advanced suspension system allows it to traverse difficult terrain with ease.

The Leopard 2A6 also has a high level of situational awareness, with a range of sensors and communication systems that enable the crew to coordinate with other units and respond quickly to changing battlefield conditions. Overall, the Leopard 2A6 is a formidable combat vehicle that can hold its own against modern armored threats.

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Russian army T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The T-14 Armata is the latest generation of Russian main battle tank that boasts a number of advanced combat capabilities. it is considered as one of the most technologically advanced main battle tanks in the world.

The T-14 Armata's armor is designed to provide high levels of protection against a variety of threats, including armor-piercing shells, missiles, and other anti-tank weapons. The tank's armor is composed of composite materials, which are designed to absorb and disperse the impact of incoming projectiles.

The T-14 Armata's armor is also reinforced with reactive armor panels, which explode upon impact to disrupt the incoming projectile and reduce its effectiveness. In addition, the tank features an active protection system that can detect incoming missiles or shells and fire countermeasures to intercept or destroy them before they reach the tank.

The T-14 Armata is armed with a 125mm smoothbore gun, which is capable of firing various types of ammunition, including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS), high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), and high-explosive fragmentation (HE-FRAG) rounds. The tank's gun is also capable of firing guided missiles, which can be used to engage targets at longer ranges.

In addition to the main gun, the T-14 Armata is equipped with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun for engaging infantry and light vehicles. The tank's commander also has a remote-controlled machine gun mounted on the roof of the turret, which provides additional firepower and situational awareness.

The T-14 Armata is a highly mobile main battle tank, designed for maneuverability and agility on the battlefield. It is powered by a 1,500 horsepower diesel engine, which provides high levels of speed and acceleration, and allows the tank to reach a top speed of around 80 km/h. The tank also has an advanced suspension system, which provides excellent off-road performance and enables it to traverse difficult terrains, such as hills and rough terrain, with ease.

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