This 1 Image Keeps the Army Up at Night: Russia’s Deadly Armata Tank

    Charlie Gao


    Here is everything we know. 

    Overall, UVZ seems to be making decent progress on the T-14 Armata. In gearing up for serial production, UVZ is improving its ability to deliver on current contracts by modernizing and automating its production facilities. The author estimates that serial Armata production will occur sometime in 2019. Of note is that no more orders for the Armata or other Armata family vehicles other than the original one hundred placed in 2016 have taken place, while orders for more modernization kits and other vehicles like the BMPT were placed in 2017. UVZ said they were creating the “technical reserve” to create another fourth-generation tank in the interview, so we might see yet another new tank out of Russia in the future.

    The T-14 Armata, Russia’s next-generation tank, is finally nearing readiness. However, information on recent development has been scarce. A recent interview in February 2018 with Vyacheslav Khalitov, the deputy director of Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), has shed some light on what progress the Armata has made since its last public display. It also gave some information on the Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer (SPH) project, and the Armata’s derivative T-15 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV) project.

    The primary theme that the interview seems to push is that UVZ is getting ready for the serial production of one hundred Armatas, ordered in 2016. A specific year was not given for serial production, but rather it is described as planned to take place in “coming years” (ближайшие годы). The deputy director stated that UVZ was modernizing its facilities in preparation for serial production of the Armata. Other recent news supports this, such as the opening of a new automated assembly line for tank treads. Currently, this line will primarily be used to create new tracks for T-90s and BMPTs. It is expected to produce tracks for the Armata and the new Koalitsiya-SV SPH in the future. The elimination of human labor on the production line is reflective of the overall design philosophy of the Armata: the elimination of the human element and reliance on sensors and machines.

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