The new Armata armored tracked platform has reportedly combined and assimilated all the last decade’s major developments and innovations in battle vehicle design and construction.
The platform’s chief tank (T-14) sports an unmanned remotely controlled turret armed with a brand new 125 mm 2A82-1M smoothbore cannon. Its muzzle energy is greater than one of the world’s previously considered best cannons: the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun.
The 125 mm gun has 15-20 percent improved accuracy and its rolling fire angular dispersion has improved 1.7 times.
According to Russian media, the Armata tank might also come with a specially developed 152 mm gun, the most powerful ever cannon to be mounted on a main battle tank.
The tank’s turret will also carry a 30 mm sub-caliber ranging gun to deal with various targets, including low-flying aerial targets, such as attack planes and helicopters.
A 12.5 mm turret-mounted heavy machine gun is reportedly capable of taking out incoming projectiles, such as anti-tank missiles. It’s capable of neutralizing shells approaching at speeds of up to 3,000 meters per second.
The tank’s crew is securely enclosed in a multi-layer armored capsule separated from the ammunition container. The vehicle is fully computerized and only needs two servicemen to operate it. Each can also deploy the tank’s weapon systems.
The tank’s targeting is reportedly done with an active-phased array antenna and a large variety of other sensors.
The Armata platform allegedly has a fully mechanized electric transmission, powered by a 1,200 HP diesel engine. For greater efficiency, maintenance and repair schedules have been extended.
Within its blueprint, the Armata armored vehicle has the potential to evolve into a fully robotic battle vehicle.
According to preliminary estimates, 2,300 units are required for the Russian army.
The Russian Defence Ministry and Uralvagonzavod are considering the possibility to demonstrate combat characteristics of the new Armata tracked vehicle platform at the Russia Arms Expo-2015 (RAE-2015) that will be held in September in Nizhny Tagil. This was announced by Uralvagonzavod Deputy Director for Special Equipment Vyacheslav Khalitov.
“The general public would like not only to see this development during the Victory Parade, but also to attend demonstration of its combat characteristics at the exhibition in Nizhny Tagil. We are currently discussing this issue with the Defence Ministry,” Mr. Khalitov stated.
Uralvagonzavod Director General Oleg Sienko earlier said that demonstration of the new platform might become a key event of the RAE-2015 exhibition. The Armata can also be seen during the Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015.