Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Possible video of new Russian Main Battle Tank emerges

(Moscow) Russia's latest Main Battle Tank (MBT) The T-14 Armata is due to be unveiled to the world in May at the 2015 Victory Day parade held in Moscow. As Victory Day parades are well rehearsed events, it's a no brainer that the people taking part in the event will be practising, which is why somebody copped a short video of what appears to be the Armata in Moscow.

Duty rumour has it that the Russians have taken a step further from their current 3-man crews (Western tanks still retain a 4-man crew) by having an unmanned remotely controlled turret armed with a brand new 125-mm 2A82-1M smoothbore cannon. The main gun will be supported by a 30-mm cannon.

This will allow the crew to be seated inside the body, thus allowing them to be better protected. However, that said, Russian tanks have always come off worse when faced against Western ones. In order to save money, the Russians have used the body of the Armata to be the cornerstone of their future armoured fleet, which is why their next IFV, CET, ARV and HAPC will all be based around it.