Armata to have 152mm gun?

armata gun newThe Telegraph newspaper is reporting that the Russian T-14 “Armata” tank may be equipped with a 152mm cannon in the future.  The Armata made its first public appearance last weekend at the Russian Victory Day parade in Moscow.  Thus far the Armata has appeared equipped with a 125mm gun.  The news of a potential 152mm armed Armata comes from Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s hawkish deputy prime minister with responsibility for the defence industry.  According to the Telegraph article, he told the Izvestiya newspaper that “We have a shell for this tank that will burn through a metre of steel, we’re going to put it on the Armata.”

For those who would like to read more about Armata and can A) read Russian or B) don’t mind trying to read computer generated translations of Russian, here are a couple interesting links:

Victor Murakhovski on 152mm Armata

The new armor Russia: Deputy Director General of Uralvagonzavod special equipment talked about the latest tanks

Analysis of new Armata and Kurganets vehicles

DUlogo300magazinDefense Update has posted some articles analyzing the new Russian armored vehicles displayed on the May 9 Victory Day Parade.  Be advised that these articles are somewhat speculative in nature.  Defense Update notes that the analysis will be updated throughout the week as new information comes to light.

New Russian Armor – First Analysis: Armata.

The Russian Ministry of Defense today publicly presented the first members of the Armata family of heavy armored vehicles – the T-14 main battle tank and T-15 armored infantry fighting vehicle. The two vehicles are designated to become the spearhead of the armored formations of the Russian Army – replacing the T-72, BMP-2 and MT-LB-based platforms. In Armata-centered formations, these two combat vehicles will be augmented by additional variants that have not yet been unveiled, which could include a combat engineer and counter-mine vehicle (BREM), support platforms mounting automatic cannons, missiles (Terminator) and thermobaric rockets (TOS), self-propelled guns (Coalitzia), bridge layers (MTU), and armored recovery vehicles (ARV).

Read the full article here.

New Russian Armor – First Analysis Part II: Kurganets-25

Kurganets-25 family of armored combat vehicles includes two members of a new family of medium- armored vehicles designed to replace the BMP-2 and MT-LB platforms in mechanized formations of the Russian army. Like their predecessors, the new vehicles have amphibious capability, enabling uninterrupted mobility across rivers. The Kurganets is manufactured by Kurganmashzavod, the plant that produced the previous generations of BMP-1, BMP-2 and BMP-3 vehicles.

Read the full article here.

Victory Day Parade footage

On May 9, the much anticipated Victory Day parade took place in Moscow, showcasing several new armored vehicles of the Russian Military.  Photos and details of these vehicles have been leaking into the press over the past couple months, generating a good bit of speculation and discussion.  The official description and pictures of these new vehicles is available here from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Video of the entire parade:

Here is footage of the T-14 Armata:

Of course, an event as big as the Victory Day Parade is bound to have a few glitches happen. Here is video of a Russian tracked missile carrier briefly catching fire as it parades down the street.

More footage of Armata breakdowns

Since our post from yesterday on the Armata tank that apparently broke down during a parade rehearsal, a couple new videos have come to our attention. Here is one that shows a Russian ARV attempting to pull the broken down T-14 Armata. The ARV is unable to budge the heavier Armata tank, spinning it’s tracks on the pavement.


Next up is a clip of a T-15 Armata heavy IFV attempting to drive up onto a tank transporter. The vehicle seems to have issues half way onto the truck bed and then stalls out as it pulls back down onto the pavement.


And here is a clip of another T-15 apparently stalling out while on parade.

Armata suffers apparent breakdown during rehearsal

Business Insider is running an article claiming that one of Russia’s new Armata tanks suffered a mechanical malfunction during a dress rehearsal for the upcoming Victory Day Parade.  This was also reported at the RT website, which stated:

All seemed to be going to plan until one of the mighty machines unexpectedly stopped right in front of the Lenin’s mausoleum. Its engine was still running, but the tank would not move. An attempt to tow it away failed, before the T-14 eventually managed to restart and rumble off around 15 minutes later.

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The most amusing part of the incident may be the announcers insistence that the tank malfunction was a planned event and that “We wanted to show how an evacuation of a tank would take place. It was planned that the tank would stop.”  A parade showcasing tank recovery techniques would be a rather odd parade indeed.

New Russian AFVs revealed to public

Images of the Russian T-14 Armata tank were revealed earlier this week.  The photos and video come from night rehearsals for the upcoming May 9 Victory Day Parade in Moscow.  Images of the Armata and other new Russian AFVs had been circulating for the past month, but these vehicles had tarps over their turrets.  The new photos released this week have the turrets exposed.  The images released thus far include the T-14 Armata, the Boomerang APC, Kurganets-25 IFV,  Koalitsiya-SV SPG, Kurganets-25 APC, and Kornet-D anti-tank vehicle.



Photo Galleries (collected from various online forums)

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Jane’s IHS on New Russian Heavy Armor

Jane’s IHS has released an article1634421_-_main p1634419 showing the various pictures recently released by the Russian Ministry of Defense showcasing their new suite of armored vehicles.  Included in the article are Armata MBT, the Coalition-SV self-propelled gun, Kurganets-25 IFV, Boomarang 8×8 IFV and several other wheeled vehicles.  The vehicles were revealed ahead of their formal debut at the May9 Moscow Victory Day Parade.  In all the pictures the weapons systems of the vehicles are covered by tarps.  The release of these official pictures follows the unofficial leaking of images and footage that happened earlier this month in the lead up to the parade.

Read the Jane’s Article here.

Russian Defense Ministry reveals photos of T-14 Armata

The International Business Times is reporting that Russia’s defense ministry has released it’s first official image of the new Armata T-14 tank.  The image was released via the “Russia Beyond the Headlines” news source.  The article notes that:

The heavily armored T-14 is the main battle version of the Russian Armata tank and features a 125mm gun that is remotely controlled, with an unmanned turett. The photo of the tank was first posted on the ministry’s site in a section about Victory Day, Russia’s celebration of the 70-year anniversary of the end of World War II. Images first leaked of the highly anticipated tanks in late March.

The tanks are a part of Russia’s plan to update its military, and it has proven costly with the country attempting to maintain its plan to spend 23 trillion rubles ($433 billion) despite economic contraction, Bloomberg reported.

The picture itself it not particularly exciting.  As with the other leaked pictures of Armata that have appeared, the details of the turret are obscured by a tarp.  Also, it would appear that the picture (below) referred to in the article is not of the tank version of the vehicle as it has no cannon.


FMSO Magazine OE Watch releases details on Russian Armata tank

The Foreign Military Studies Office has released new information concerning the Russian Armata MBT in the March issue of OE Watch (Pages 51-53.)  The information in the FMSO article comes from Russian language news sources.  The picture below listing some of the technical details has been making it’s way around the internet the past several days.  It is worth nothing that the articles about Armata in both the War is Boring Blog and Real Clear Defense have mistakenly reported that the Armata has a “gas turbine” engine.  it is quite clear from the chart below that Armata has a 12 cylinder diesel engine.  The reference to a “gas turbine super-charger” refers to the turbo charging system.  It is probably a safe assumption that the engine in the Armata is the GSKB Transdizel 2B A-85-3.

Armata diagram

Q & A with Jim Warford about Soviet/Russian Armor

T 90 armor magTank and AFV News recently had the chance to do a Q & A with retired US Armor officer and writer James M. Warford.  Mr. Warford was commissioned in Armor in 1979 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California. Mr. Warford has held a variety of Armor and Cavalry assignments, ranging from tank platoon leader to brigade S3, and has served as a tactics instructor both at Fort Knox, Ky. for AOAC, and at CGSC, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Upon retirement in September, 1996, he was awarded the Silver Medallion of the Order of St. George. He has written numerous articles for ARMOR, the official journal of the Armor Branch, many of which focus on Soviet and Russian armor.  He is also a regular contributor at the online forum

T&AFVNews – You served in armor from 1979 to 1996.  Can you tell us what positions you held during your career?  What vehicles types did you command?

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