‘Meter of armor’: Armata’s next supreme 152mm gun to sport super-piercing shell
… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Unlike the West, where cost overruns are a guaranteed looting perk for our defense industry who shares the spoils with Congress most generously, the Russians are more frugal, and are showing they have some of the best design engineers on the planet.
This T-14 Armata is the tank that tankers would die to have, figuratively speaking. It also seems to be of modular construction so repairs and be made quicker on damaged tanks and return them to the line, something that can be a do or die benefit in a drawn out attrition campaign.
The Russians are also competing to become the top of the line supplier for the growing Eurasian defense structure to oppose the New Cold War the West is imposing on all the rest of us to keep there defense contracting friends happy. The Eurasians want to avoid duplication of effort and to keep per unit costs down
US defense contractors will now demand new huge funding to design and build their new white elephant which will not work and generate a ten to twenty years stream of funding to fix. We just had the announcement that Japan will but the problem plagued F-35, for which man people should have been shot, but then denied to out Persian Gulf countries because it does not work.
You just can’t make this stuff up. It seems they want to keep the F-15 and 16 production lines running. Russia, like China had cut military spending way back as part of the peace bonus.
The new NATO and EU aggression has forced them to up their military budgets purely for defensive purposes, something which is spun on us as wanton aggression on their part, like they think we are so stupid as to not know who the real aggressor is, and whose special interests they are serving… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … May 15, 2015 –
Russia’s new T-14 Armata tank is going to get an even more powerful armament, as the next version of the main battle tank will be armed with previously rumored 152mm gun, revealed the official in charge of the defense industry.
Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin told Izvestia newspaper that next-stage Armata tanks will be supplied with already-developed big bore cannon and brand new projectiles.
“We’ve got a new projectile for this tank than can burn through a meter of steel, we would arm Armata with that one,” Rogozin said.
When the Armata (T-14) tank gets this 152mm gun, it will be the most powerful cannon to be mounted on a main battle tank of any country ever.
The unmanned remote-controlled turrets of T-14 tanks that rolled on the Red Square in Moscow on Victory Day, May 9, were armed with a brand new 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore cannon with improved accuracy and angular dispersion.
This cannon’s muzzle energy is reportedly greater than the world’s previously considered best tank cannon: the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120mm gun.
Speaking at the meeting dedicated to development of the Russia’s armed forces, President Vladimir Putin ordered that test operations of the recently-paraded new military hardware and the attainment of industrial-level production be completed “in the shortest time possible.”
In March, when even the appearance of Armata tank remained a mystery, PM Rogozin said that this classified development of Russian engineers “is a true breakthrough in tank construction.”
“No European country or the US has anything similar. This is a combat vehicle of the 21st century,” Rogozin said.