100 mass-produced T-14 Armata tanks to be ready by 2018

Tanks "Armata" of the mechanized columns of the Central Military District's Moscow Garrison during the rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Tanks "Armata" of the mechanized columns of the Central Military District's Moscow Garrison during the rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 71st Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

Vladimir Astapkovich/RIA Novosti
Makers of the Armata tank plan to provide the Russian armed forces with 100 tanks by 2018. The manufacturing concern also plans to reduce the cost per tank by raising the volume of orders.

The Russian Armed Forces will receive the first 100 mass-produced T-14 Armata Tanks by 2017-2018, Vyacheslav Khalitov, Deputy General Director of NPK Uralvagonzavod, said during an appearance at the radio station Echo of Moscow.

The manufacturer also said there was a possibility of reducing the cost per vehicle of the newest tank “in batch volumes of 100-150 pieces, with streamlined production.” Currently, the declared price of each T-14 Armata is around 250 million rubles (around $3.8 million – ED).

The basic version of the T-14 tank is designed to use a 125-mm gun. The weapons manufacturer, however, said the combat vehicle could also be equipped with 152-mm cannon.

The T-14 tank is capable of shooting up to ten rounds per minute, and can hit targets at a distance of seven kilometres. In comparison, the American Abrams can fire just three rounds per minute, and has a range of 4.6 kilometres.

Each new Russian tank is additionally equipped with its own radar system, which provides it specific advantages, in terms of aiming and firing control. The T-14 can also hit aircraft and intercept rockets and missiles launched by an enemy.

Armament:

A) 1 x 125-mm 2A82-1M smoothbore gun-launcher. Ammunition – 40 rounds (32 of these located in the automatic loader);

B) 1 x 7.62 mm PKTM remote controlled machinegun. Ammunition – 2,000 rounds in a continuous strip

Combat weight: 55 tons

Crew: 3

Engine: 1500 horsepower

Highway speed: Up to 80 km/h

Target detection range: over 5000 metres

Target hitting range: 7,000 metres

Cruising range: over 500 km.

Armour strength: more than 900 mm.

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