The next-generation tank being developed by the Uralvagonzavod research and production corporation (UVZ) on the basis of the Armata versatile heavy military tracked vehicle platform, will far outdistance tanks of the previous generation in technical characteristics, UVZ Deputy General Director Vyacheslav Khalitov said in an interview with Russian News Service radio.
"Compared to the tank T-72B, the Russian Armed Forces' main battle tank which can serve as the basic integral military-technical standard, Armata's level will be four times higher," he said, adding that the tank being developed on the basis of the Armata platform will be a fifth-generation tank.
"It will excel all analogues in this country and abroad by 25-30 percent," he said.
The work to develop the new generation tank is at the stage of preliminary testing, he also said, noting that all of the basic characteristics have been proven.
The new tank will have an original layout, all-aspect protection, and a high survivability of the crew and armor, he continued.
The ammunition stock, the fuel and the crew are separated, compared to the present-day tanks where ammunition, fuel and the crew are "practically near to each other."
Khalitov said that the new tank will be of medium, not heavy class. "The crew must have 360-degree observation of the battlefield," he said.
Various calibers of the gun are being considered, he also said.
The tank is based on a module structure of the weaponry, protection means and power plants which could have a front and back positioning.
The versatile armored platform could be used to develop heavy armored vehicles, repair and location vehicles, and other combat armored vehicles.
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