New Delhi, Moscow Discussing Supply of Russian T-90MS Battle Tanks

Nakidka camouflage system covering a T-90MS

 

The tank uses the same type of ammunition as the T-90, but includes additional countermeasures to significantly reduce the chances of being hit by enemy anti-tank semi-automatic guided weapons.

Russia is in talks with India about the possibility of concluding a contract to supply the latest Russian T-90MS battle tanks, a representative of Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) machine building company said Friday.

“Negotiations are underway on the possibility of signing a new contract with new conditions, to supply India with T-90MS,” the representative told RIA Novosti.

There is currently a contract in place between Moscow and New Delhi for the licensed production of T-90S tanks in India.

On Wednesday, a Uralvagonzavod spokesperson told RIA Novosti that Russia had completed the full cycle of testing on the T-90MS, which is the latest export version of the T-90.

T-90MS, also referred as Tagil, was first unveiled in 2011. It was proposed for the Russian Army and possible export markets, including India.

Chinese Tanks, Guns Deployed Across Russia, 166 Train Cars Used

The deployed Chinese military personnel prepares to take part in the International Army Games along with 14 other nations.

The deployed Chinese military personnel prepares to take part in the International Army Games along with 14 other nations.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the successful deployment of Chinese military personnel, along with tanks, artillery and other materiel in various regions of Russia. They are preparing to take part in the International Army Games along with 14 other nations.The games are due to be held in the first fifteen days of August and encompass 13 different team competitions, of which The Tank Biathlon and Aviadarts aerobatics contests are the most prominent.

The International Army Games’ program includes an Open Water contest and a Safe Route engineering contest, where combat engineers will assist other units in passing thru different obstacles and barriers. Chief of the Russian Engineering Troops Lieutenant-General Yuri Stavitsky has announced plans to hold the Formula One-like competitions between military engineers in 2016, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency reported lately.

Besides China, army teams from India, Kuwait, Venezuela, Angola, Mongolia, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, the hosting nation Russia and other countries will take part. Last year China won the bronze medal in the Tank Biathlon, while Armenia took the silver and the Russian team earned gold.

According to Sunday’s Russian Ministry of Defense report, the People’s Liberation Army of China has taken along four Type-96 tanks with them this year to compete in the Tank Biathlon and four IFVs for another competition during the course of the Games.Moreover, there are also various People’s Liberation Army artillery systems that will be used during the competitions, for example, 120-mm self-propelled mortar-howitzer system PLL-05 will compete in the “Masters of artillery fire” competition near Saratov in the Volga Region.

In total, there are 13 army teams from China participating in the Russia-hosted competitions this year. It took two weeks and 166 train cars were used for the transportation of all the personnel and materiel, as the statement on the Russian MoD website reads.

Besides armored vehicles and artillery, various all-terrain, engineering and reconnaissance vehicles, air-defense systems, tractor trucks, ponton boats, a heavy mechanized bridge and a maintenance shop have been brought.

Moreover, Chinese pilots will be competing in the Aviadarts contest in their own Russian-made Su-30MKK strike fighters.

Cooperation between the Russian and Chinese armed forces has been reportedly intensified in all areas, including culture. An exhibition will be opened of artwork by the Russian Grekov Military art studio in the Military Museum of Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing this September. The exhibition is devoted to the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

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Russia’s T-14 Armata MBT ‘has new-gen ERA’

 

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Key Points

  • The Russian T-14 Armata MBT has a new-generation ERA system, according to a Tractor Plants source
  • The new armour’s resistance to APFSDS rounds is significantly increased compared with previous ERA systems, according to the source

The new Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank (MBT) is equipped with a new generation of explosive reactive armour (ERA), according to a source at the Tractor Plants company.

The ERA, developed by the NII Stali research institute “can be described as an innovative one” the source said. “Its specifications exceed those of Kontakt-1, Kontakt-5, and Relict 9 [ERA systems]”. He did not provide IHS Jane’s with further details, saying only that the ERA has “no known world equivalents”.

The source said the new armour’s resistance to armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding-sabot (APFSDS) rounds was significantly increased in comparison with the older ERA systems. “The high protective characteristics of the new armour aren’t provided by the simple increase of explosive mass in its containers,” said the source. He pointed out that the detonation of an ERA box would not damage the electronics and other equipment installed under the armour.

“Uralvagonzavod” intends to begin production of T-72B3 new modification

 

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“Uralvagonzavod” intends to begin production of a new modification of the main battle tank T-72B3. This was said by the chief designer Andrei Terlikov Uralvagonzavod at the forum “Army 2015″.
“For a new modification of the T-72B3 a set of additional protection is prepared, – informed Terlikov. – In the near future, this modification is planned to be launched into production. ”
As previously reported, the Russian Defense Ministry has signed a contract for the purchase of several hundred T-72B3, similar to those that took part in the “Tank biathlon.”

Germany, France to Develop New Battle Tank to Catch Up With Russia’s Armata

Leopard 2A5 tank

Germany and France are now preparing to jointly develop a new main battle tank, the Leopard 3, to replace its ageing Leopard 2 military vehicle by around 2030, which would be able to compete with Russia’s next-generation Armata tank, recently showcased at the Victory Day parade commemorating the end of World War Two in Moscow.

The German Defense Ministry has announced its plans for the “Leo 3” (as it’s likely to be nicknamed in Germany) to replace its main battle tank, the Leopard 2.

The main reason for the modernization is believed to be the Leopard 2 service life, which is set to expire by 2030.

The German media, however, suggest that the real reason is the recently-presented analysis by Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) on Russia’s reinforced combat strength and its recently showcased T-14 Armata tanks, which were presented during the country’s Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9.

A column of Armata tanks, equipped with 125mm cannons, rolled through Moscow’s historic Red Square on May 9 as Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of foreign heads of state, including Chinese leader Xi Jinping, watched on.

The BND analysis suggests that even though the combat vehicles unveiled at the parade are still somewhat pre-production models, when completed, it will be a tank with the highest levels of armaments.

According to Deutsche Welle, the manufacturer of the current Leopard 2, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, is scheduled to fuse with the French firm Nexter Systems over the course of this year.

This has prompted the German media to report that the new Franco-German firm, with more than 6,000 staff and a combined turnover of around 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion), could be a strong candidate to win the contract to develop a new battle tank for the German Bundeswehr.

Just before the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, the US bimonthly magazine The National Interest reported on why America should really fear Russia’s Armata T-14 tank.

The magazine suggested that Russia actually might be able to deliver in the field the tank of greater speed, maneuverability, firepower and survivability vis-à-vis anything being produced for Western armies.

The Armata is a Russian prototype of a heavy tracked vehicle platform that will be used in the construction of a next-generation main battle tank and a range of other combat vehicles.

The tank’s main armaments include a 7.62mm remote-control machine gun and a 125mm smoothbore cannon. The tank is operated by a crew of three, which are housed in an armored capsule in the front.

The military vehicle is also equipped with active counter-mine defense and a suit of circular-view high resolution cameras. It can fire rounds while in motion and travels at a speed of up to 50 miles (80.47 km) per hour.

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Russian Next-Generation Armata Tank to Receive Bigger Cannon

Armata main battle tank

Russia’s next-generation Armata tank, recently showcased at the Victory Day parade in Moscow, could be fitted with a bigger, 152mm cannon, the Izvestia daily reported Thursday citing Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

 The Armata tank’s main armament includes a 7.62mm remote-control machine gun and a 125mm smoothbore cannon. The tank is operated by a crew of three, housed in an armored capsule at the front.

Armata T-14 during the rehearsal of the Victory Day military parade in Moscow

A column of Armata tanks, equipped with 125mm cannons, rolled through Moscow’s historic Red Square on May 9 as Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of foreign heads of state, including Chinese leader Xi Jinping, watched on.

“We have a shell that can burn through a meter-wide steel [plate] for this tank, we will fit it onto the Armata,” Rogozin was quoted as saying by Izvestia.

The Armata is a Russian prototype of a heavy tracked vehicle platform, used as a basis to build a next-generation main battle tank and a range of other combat vehicles.

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Russian T-14 Armata: Most Powerful Tank in the World in Details

Joint Victory Parade training of foot and mechanized units

The new Russian T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank (MBT) will likely steal the show at the 2015 Moscow Victory Parade on May 9.

The Russian Ministry of Defense officially revealed the country’s most advanced battle tank, the T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank (MBT), arguably the world’s deadliest armored fighting vehicle, a couple of weeks ahead of the grand 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade.

The new T-14 and the rest of Russia’s new armored vehicles show a huge technological leap from the old Soviet-era military hardware.

“The new vehicles are principally clean-slate designs and represent the biggest change in Russia’s armored fighting vehicle families since the 1960s and 1970s,” HIS Jane’s 360 Defense Weekly reported.

The key feature of the new tank is its unmanned remotely-controlled turret, with crew members seated in an armored capsule at the front of the tank’s hull.

The T-14 is armed with a 125 mm smoothbore cannon that can fire high-powered munitions, including armor-piercing discarding sabot projectiles, guided missiles, shaped-charges and other types of munitions. The muzzle energy of the tank’s cannon is greater than that of the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun, according to the Diplomat.

It is speculated that the Armata tank might also come with a 152 mm gun. If this is true, the tank will have the most powerful cannon ever mounted on a main battle tank. The T-14 will also carry a 30-mm sub-caliber gun to shoot down low-flying aerial targets, including planes and helicopters. To defend against incoming anti-tank missiles, the T-14 will have a 12.5 mm turret-mounted heavy machine gun, RT said.

The Armata is literally a one tank army. The T-14 can defend itself from pretty much anything. Even the most modern Apache helicopter would not have a 100 percent chance of destroying the tank with its missiles, the US Foreign Military Studies Office (FSMO) said.

To finish all of that, the tank has fully automated ammunition loading and computerized targeting systems. Despite all the guns and computerized technology built into the armored vehicle, the menacing tank only needs two servicemen to operate it.

The Armata tank is set to undergo state trials in 2016, Uralvagonzavod is expected to supply over 2,300 of the new tanks to the Russian military by 2020. The Armata tanks will replace the older T-72 and T-90 tanks.

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