Russia has even more to say — surprise! — about the Army’s all-new T-14 Armata main battle tank:
Former NATO Allied Land Commander Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges said in a June 2015 interview with TASS that “the new Armata tank looks like a very impressive tank.” However, exactly how impressive this new tank is remains to be seen.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin claimed in May that an Armata shell “burns a meter of steel.” The tank’s main armament is the 2A82 125-mm smoothbore cannon, which purportedly has a greater muzzle energy than the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun. The tank is also equipped with fully automated ammunition loading and completely computerized targeting systems.
In addition, as I reported last week (See: “Is Russia’s Deadliest Tank Really Invisible to the Enemy?”) the deputy director of Uralvagonzavod, the largest main battle tank manufacturer in the world, bragged in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio station that the T-14 Armata is invisible to enemy radars.
The tank is allegedly also fitted with a new generation of explosive reactive armor (ERA) that, according to a Russian defense industry source, has “no known world equivalents.”
The minister doth brag too much, methinks.