February 29, 2016
Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet Bear
“Testing of 20 units of the new "Armata" tank with unique properties have begun”, said the Deputy CEO of "Uralvagonzavod" Vyacheslav Khalitov to the Russian news service. One of the features of the new machines - is their reduced visibility to the enemy.
We use GALS-technology — a special coating with reflective surface that does not allow the determining of what the object is, no matter what means of detection the enemy employs: optical, radar or infrared, said Khalitov. All machines of the "Armata" family are equipped with a communication system without the use of radio — information is transmitted via IR-channel.
The second unique feature of the new tank is a four-level system of protection. The first level — reduced visibility. The second is active protection, which shoots down enemy ammunition on the approach, controls the air space around the tank, a special program of the onboard computer evaluates the emerging threats and activates the means of interception. The third level is dynamic protection - designed for ammunition that has managed to overcome the first two levels.
Finally, the tank's armour is hidden under layers of high-tech protection. In the "Armata" it is a new multilayer, sheet steel, and composite materials. Fine-grained structure, optimized alloying process and special heat treatment made it possible to ensure high protective properties at a reduced thickness of the armour plating. Additional insurance for the crew is the insulated armour capsule, giving the tank crew a chance to survive even during detonation of ammunition.
According to Khalitov, other countries will not be able to create an analogue of the Russian tank.
“There are reports about a certain joint project of Germany and France. We will see what our colleagues abroad will have to offer. By creating the "Armata" platform, we made a qualitative leap forward that was ahead of them probably 8-10 years. So now creating a likeness of the "Armata" is a replication, but we will continue to go much further”, — said the representative of "Uralvagonzavod".
Tested combat vehicles on the "Armata" platform are the T-14 Main Battle Tank and the T-15 heavy IFV. They will enter service in 2016 and 2017. The Ural tank manufacturers are also planning to develop an assault vehicle with 152-mm cannon on the same platform. It will be called "the tank killer."
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