It is for the first time in many years that a country has actually produced a tank that has, technologically speaking, taken a generational leap in armoured vehicle warfare.
On May 9, at the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia will be displaying the T-14 – the world’s first 3rd (some claim 5th) generation Armata class tank.
The “Armata” Universal Combat Platform is a chassis that will be used to produce tracked vehicles such as the T-14 MBT.
The T-14 will be faster, sturdier and deadlier than the German Leopard-2 tank – currently the most-powerful tank in the world.
Just to give you a better understanding of what this means, the Leopard-2 was first manufactured 35 years ago.
The T-14 is produced by Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), the same defence manufacturer who produces T-90s (Russia and India’s main battle tank).
Russia’s growing political belligerence in its European neighbourhood is the reason why everyone in Europe and US is observing Moscow’s military progress with vigilant eyes.
The T-14 will be the most technologically advanced tank of the world. Strategically placed cameras will let the three-member crew see all around the tank.
The most important element is the tank’s defence mechanism — which is what is bothering the US.
Its advanced defence system, which is a completely computerized individual anti-missile and anti-projectile tank defence system, can intercept any type of anti-tank ammunition that exists in the world.
It will be almost invulnerable to anti-tank missiles or any ammo in the world designed to destroy tanks.
Even the crew will be protected by an armoured capsule placed in such a position within the tank that it can withstand a direct hit of any kind of ammo in existence.
Such is defence mechanism that the US Army’s Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO) admits that even the most advanced Apache helicopters (the world’s best attack choppers) may not be able to destroy it.
To top it all, the T-14 will have the 2A82 125-mm smoothbore cannon, which can fire high-powered munitions, including armour-piercing discarding sabot, guided missile, shaped-charge, and other types of munitions.
That 125-mm muzzle is the biggest among all tanks.
So, you have a tank that has an automatic and intelligent defence mechanism; the biggest gun of all; and crew sitting behind an impenetrable shield mounted on a sturdy yet agile platform. I would say tank warfare has just got back its mojo.