Russia’s brand new T-14 Armata tank was captured as it was being transported by rail to a range outside Moscow, which will only be officially unveiled in the Victory Day parade on May 9.
A video allegedly showing the Russian Federation’s new T-14 Armata main battle tank appeared on the Internet Monday. License plates in the video indicate that the footage was shot on the move to in Sverdlovsk region in the Russian Urals, reports Russia Today.
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The tank was partially camouflaged to hide its size, but T-14’s branded seven-wheel design was still clearly visible. The battle tank was equipped with an unmanned remotely controlled turret.
According to Sputnik news agency, this Russian beast in the footage featured a new generation 125mm extended-length smoothbore cannon — the 2A82-1M. The new feature boasts 15%-20% of better accuracy compared to the T-90’s 2A46M cannon. Reportedly, the Armata tank might also feature the most powerful gun ever carried by a battle tank, a specially designed 152mm cannon.
The T-14 armored tracked platform is able to host a fifth generation conventional land tank, artillery, heavy armored personnel carrier, and a missile launcher as well as a fully robotic armored vehicle.
After five years of development, the Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation completed the first batch of new Armata T-14 tanks, which have been included in Russia’s 2015 defense order with 2,300 units to be required to satisfy the military’s demand.
Furthermore, the first photos of the Kremlin’s top-secret T-14 tank, being transported to the Alabino range near Moscow for training ahead of the May 9 parade have been leaked on the Internet.
The first ever photo of the Object 148 ‘Armata’ new-generation MBT, taken today! pic.twitter.com/prRX4LvD9m
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In addition to the Armata tank, the May 9 parade in Moscow will feature Russia’s newest military developments – like advanced Kurganets 25 and Bumerang tracked armored vehicles, Taifun-U armored cars, Coalitsia-SV self-propelled artillery pieces, and Kornet-D missile systems.
Russia’s Armata Tanks to Challenge the US M1 Abrams in a Future War
Russia’s brand new T-14 Armata gives the Ground Forces of the Russian Federation an equal tank of the proven US M1 A2 Abrams in a future conflict.
Furthermore, the muzzle energy of Armata’s gun is greater than the world’s best tank gun, the Rheinmetall 120 mm gun mounted on the German Leopard 2. The gun will also be able to fire laser-guided missiles with a tandem anti-tank warhead out to 5,000 meters.
The turret of T-14 Armata mounts a 30 mm multi-barreled machine cannon to engage slow aircraft like drones and helicopters as well as a Kord 12.7 mm heavy machine gun to attack targets such as enemy infantry.
After the introduction of programs for the building of fifth-generation fighters and bombers, Russia’s aircraft manufacturing industry has launched designing a futuristic aircraft, capable of doing the impossible.
Russia’s Future Army Could Deploy to Any Place of the World In 7 Hours
As it was reported a few days ago by Expert Online, Russia plans to build a fleet of supersonic military transport aircraft, PAK TA, with an unprecedented payload of 220 tons capable of moving a strategic unit of 400 Armata tanks, and deploying a full-armored army to any spot of the world in just 7 hours at hypersonic speed.
Assuming in can even fly, and assuming that Russia really intends to build something like that, such plane would enable Russia to mount a prompt global military response. The PAK TA is being developed by the Russian aviation company Ilyushin.
According to a new design details from the Military-Industrial Commission in Moscow, a military transport aircraft will fly at supersonic speeds (up to 2,000 km/h) and have a range of at least 7,000 kilometers. Furthermore, its payload capacity will be 80 tons more than the US’s largest cargo plane, the C-5 Galaxy, and will significantly exceed the carrying capacity of the existing Antonov An-124 Ruslan, an aircraft with up to 165 tons payload.
The PAK TA supersonic aircraft will be multilevel, with automated cargo loading and have the capability to airdrop its cargo and personnel on any terrain anywhere in the world.
The plane will be built to feature an upper gas turbine, as well as twin electrically powered fans. The back of the plane’s wings will generate vectored thrust.
The Kremlin plans on acquiring up to 80 PAK TAs by 2024. Such plans correspond with Russia’s announced goals of modernizing its air fleet within the next decade. Russia has dedicated $130 billion through 2020 for the modernization of its air force.
According to IHS Jane’s World Air Forces, Russia currently possesses1,276 units of combat aircraft, compared with the United States’ 1,391. As for the defense spending, the US Air Force receives $154.1 billion, while the Russian Air Force gets only $11.3 billion due to the recent Russian currency crisis.
Hypersonic weapons have been something of a craze in Washington for a long time now. Such weapons are still under the development at the Pentagon, but the US is hell-bent on finishing their building in the 2020s in order to attack any desired place in the world in less than an hour, at ridiculously long ranges.
Experts claim that such supersonic aircraft is very impractical. With its anticipated 220 tons of cargo capacity, such plane would be able to land on a very long runway that may need to be purpose-built for the plane itself.
However, it might just be another Russia’s propaganda tactic in attempt to highlight the Kremlin’s modernization plans and put pressure on the world that Moscow’s military-industrial complex has technological capabilities that it doesn’t actually have.