Russian Army is about to switch to T-14 tanks on the Armata commonized heavy tracked chassis 41012154

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Russian Army is about to switch to T-14 tanks on the Armata commonized heavy tracked chassis
The Russian Army can switch to T-14 tanks on the Armata commonized heavy tracked chassis in five to 10 years, if it maximizes its orders, Vyacheslav Khalitov, deputy director general, special vehicles, Uralvagonzavod, has told TASS in an interview.
     
     
The Russian Army can switch to T-14 tanks on the Armata commonized heavy tracked chassis in five to 10 years, if it maximizes its orders, Vyacheslav Khalitov, deputy director general, special vehicles, Uralvagonzavod, has told TASS in an interview.

"If the Russian Defense Ministry maximizes its [Armata chassis-based tank] orders, its tank fleet can be updated more quickly, say, in five to 10 years," Khalitov stressed.

He reminded that the Armata would eventually replace the in-service T-72s and T-90s. The cutting-edge T-14 tank based on the Armata chassis was unveiled to the public in May 2015. The advanced combat vehicle has all-digital controls. According to the manufacturer, the T-14’s armor is immune to all current tank-fired projectiles and antitank guided missiles.

The tank is clad in explosive reactive armor, which blocks cover its upper chassis and turret, and is equipped with a sophisticated active protection system. The Armata’s operational tests are scheduled for 2016.

The family of vehicles on the Armata commonized tracked chassis includes the T-14 tanks, T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicle and T-16 armored recovery vehicle. The Armata is expected to spawn other derivatives as well, a transporter-loader, a minelayer and an assault bridgelayer in particular. The fielding of combat units with cutting-edge armored vehicles will start in 2016.
     
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