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.

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.

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