Cost of Russia’s Armata T-14 tank to fall by half

Armata tank guard at the 10th Russia Arms Expo. Source: RIA Novosti/Alexey Malgavko

Armata tank guard at the 10th Russia Arms Expo. Source: RIA Novosti/Alexey Malgavko

The Uralvagonzavod plant has announced that once the new Armata T-14 tank goes into mass production its price will be slashed by around 50 percent, a reduction that will make the combat vehicle attractive value for money on the market.

The price of the latest Russian Armata T-14 tank will be just 250 million rubles (3.7 million dollars) once it goes into mass production, according to Oleg Siyenko, CEO of Uralvagonzavod, the manufacturer of the tank.

The cost of the Armata T-14 was previously estimated at between 400 and 500 million rubles (about $6.5 million). Such a high price per unit was due to the lack of mass production, as the production of prototypes is always more expensive for the manufacturer.

The Armata will go into mass production in 2017-2018 and Russia’s armed forces will receive 2,300 T-14 tanks by 2020.

Uralvagonzavod has not ruled out the possibility of manufacturing the Armata for export. In this case, the relatively low price for such complex hardware will prove attractive for potential buyers.

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