The first batch of 32 T-14 Armata main battle tanks will enter in service with Russian Army TASS 10302163

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The first batch of 32 T-14 Armata main battle tanks will enter in service with Russian Army.
Russian Land Forces will get T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBT) among the newest armaments. The first batch to be fielded following the appropriate acceptance trials will include 32 MBTs (one battalion), according to the Land Forces chief, Colonel General Oleg Salyukov.
     
Russian Land Forces will get T-14 Armata main battle tanks (MBT) among the newest armaments. The first batch to be fielded following the appropriate acceptance trials will include 32 MBTs (one battalion), according to the Land Forces chief, Colonel General Oleg Salyukov. Russian-made T-14 Armata main battle tank at Russia Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
     
Several research and development (R&D) works are in progress to create advanced armaments for armored vehicles, including T-14 MBT and T-15 BMP infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), respectively, Kurganets-25 IFV/armoured personnel carrier (APC), Bumerang (Boomerang) IFV/APC. The R&D were scheduled for completion by the next year’s end, Salyukov explained.

"On completion of the acceptance trials, which may last a year or more, a battalion complement of these machines (32 machines of each type) will be acquired for trial operation with the troops undergoing all stages of combat training. Based on results, their final functions and amount of supplies will be defined," the commander added.

In 2015, the Land Forces will adopt for service two brigade complements of Iskander-M mobile ballistic missile system, one for the Southern, the second for Eastern Military Districts. Pursuant to a long-term government contract, the troops are to receive two brigade complements every year. To date, four complements have been delivered. A fifth is due to be made available before the end of the current year for a missile unit of the Central Military District.

The Russian Land Forces consider the possibility of acquiring the Terminator-2 combat tank support vehicle. The issue of its further employment would be determined following completion of work on the development of the future concept of the Land Forces, Salyukov said.
     
At the same time, no plans are made for procuring the BTR-90 APC. "Now we are buiyng BTR-82A APCs that includes the latest achievements in armament package, fire control system, protection, mobility, and operability", Salyukov said. Russian-made BTR-82A 8x8 armoured vehicle personnel carrier at defense exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
     
At the same time, no plans are made for procuring the BTR-90 APC. "Now we are buiyng BTR-82A APCs that includes the latest achievements in armament package, fire control system, protection, mobility, and operability", Salyukov said.

Two independent motor rifle brigades (in Murmansk District and Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Territory) will be formed for the Arctic Army Group. "The Arctic troops will be equipped with off-road two-modules transport vehicles, snowmobiles, air-cushion vessels, special purpose armaments and gear. The combat training will be organized taking into account the climatic conditions," the commander added.

Before 2020, the Russian Land Forces will get a total of 5,000 new and 6,000 upgraded combat vehicles, and around 14.000 modern trucks. Those would include T-72B3 MBTs that revealed their outstanding capabilities during the tank biathlon and Vostok-2014 (East 2014) exercises, BMP-3 and upgraded BMP-2 IFVs, and BTR-82 APCs, the commander said. He pointed out that "the procurement of BMP-3s is resumed. We are planning to supply the Land Forces with (several) battalion complements next year".
     
Before 2020, the Russian Land Forces will get a total of 5,000 new and 6,000 upgraded combat vehicles, and around 14.000 modern trucks. Those would include T-72B3 MBTs that revealed their outstanding capabilities during the tank biathlon and Vostok-2014 (East 2014) exercises Russian-made T-72B3 main battle tank at defense exhibition near Moscow, Russia.
     
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