Russia to Become Trendsetter in Tank Warfare With New Armata Platform

A T-14 tank with the Armata Universal Combat Platform

With the introduction of Russia’s new Armata main battle tank, modern warfare tactics will change forever, as everyone will have to adjust to the Russian armored monster on the battlefield, military expert Vladimir Evseev said.

When the first Armata tanks roll out of factories, Russia will become a trend setter in modern tank warfare.

“In fact, Russia here is a trendsetter. If the Armata tank recommends itself, then the world will have to think about it. Major manufacturers of armored vehicles have to build counterparts,” Evseev told Radio Sputnik.

The new tank is based on the new Armata Universal Combat Platform, on which not only tanks are built, but also infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artilleries, armored recovery vehicles and armored personnel carriers will be based.

The new Armata platform is therefore meant to replace older Russian MBTs and APCs that are currently used by the Russian military.

Moreover, the Armata platform, on which the new T-14 tank is constructed, has huge potential for future modernization. At this day and age, the Armata is by far the most advanced tank platform in the world, Sienko added.The Russian Defense Ministry showed its new tank during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9. The tank is operated by a crew of three, sitting in an armored capsule at the front. The tank’s main armament includes a 7.62 mm remote-control machine gun and a 125-mm smoothbore cannon.

Russian tankmen to help Chinese and Belarusian teams at Open Water competitions

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August 4 – Russian tankmen will compete for the Chinese and Belarusian teams at the international stage of the Open Water competitions, which are part of the International Army Games, a Russian Defense Ministry source told journalists on Tuesday.
“The Chinese and Belarusian teams will include Russian armoured vehicles serviced by the Russian Armed Forces,” the officer said.
Military engineers from Russia, Belarus and China will participate in the Open Water contest. Its final stage will take place on August 8.

Top-Secret Soviet Tank Declassified

The image of a top-secret Soviet tank of the late-1980s appeared on the Web earlier this week, along with a short list of its technical characteristics


The image of alleged top-secret Soviet tank of the late-1980s appeared on the Web earlier this week, along with a short list of its technical characteristics, Military Informant reports.

Browsing through online forums one can find not only photographs of the Buntar (Rebel) tank but can also learn that it sported modular armor, an antiaircraft gun placed under the commander’s seat and fiber optic observation instruments instead of the conventional prism-type ones.Online forum participants all agree that, back in its day, the Buntar was a major breakthrough in the field of tank design.

According to an article published on Military Informant website, the Buntar tank was designed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, as part of an effort to develop a new generation of battle tanks for the Soviet armed forces.

A number of prototypes were built as part of the program, launched in the early 1980s with two-stroke diesel engines, gas-turbine engines, T-64 chassis, electric transmission and two- and three-man crew configurations.

The year 1987 saw the advent of a principally new concept, built around 152mm smoothbore cannon.

Many of the tank designs developed as part of that program are still classified.

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.


Serbia Develops State-of-the-Art, Armata-Style Battle Tank

Serbian tank  M-20UP-1

A concept of the Russian Armata-like “Serbian tank of the future”, the М-20UP-1, has reportedly been presented at the Partner 2015 military exhibition in Belgrade.

Serbia has presented a concept of the М-20UP-1, the country’s “tank of the future”, at the Partner 2015 military exhibition in Belgrade. Designers said that they were inspired by the Russian-made Armata tank when developing the М-20UP-1, according to the Serbian news website Vecernje Novosti Online.The project cost of the production of one M-20UP-1 stands at five million euros.

Goran Stojanovic, head of the working group to develop the tank, said that the М-20UP-1 will not compete with the Armata tank.

“Our tank will be closer to the [Russian-made] T-90 tank in terms of combat capabilities. We are short of money, and our economic potential is not developed enough to let us compete with the Russians. But by using a design [resembling] those of advanced tanks across the world, we have developed the weapon of the future: cheap, modern and efficient,” Stojanovic said.

As in the T-14 Armata battle tank, the М-20UP-1’s crew of three is securely enclosed in a multi-layer armored capsule, separated from the ammunition container.

The Serbian tank also features an unmanned, digitally controlled turret, which is remotely controlled by a crew member located in the aforementioned capsule.

The tank’s 125mm smooth-bore gun is also digitally operated from the capsule via high-resolution cameras. The turret carries a total of 48 rounds of ammunition, including ready-to-use ones. The gun can also fire laser-guided missiles.The М-20UP-1 is equipped with electric transmission, which engineers said will help significantly reduce the power loss and will add to the tank’s stealth characteristics.

It reportedly took eight months to finalize the М-20UP-1, which was developed both by young and veteran Serbian engineers, who were engaged in the creation of the M-84 battle tank.

The М-20UP-1 will form a base platform for other Serbian armored vehicles, as is the case with the Russian-made Armata platform.

Earlier this year, similar plans were announced by India, which seeks to use the platform of its planned battle tank for as many as 11 different tracked vehicles.


Russia’s T-90 Tank to Become the Fastest-Shooter Around

A T-90A main battle tank
Russia’s T-90 main battle tank will become the quickest-firing of its kind, Defense Ministry officials said on the sidelines of the Army 2015 International Expo on Thursday.

The upgraded T-90 will boast a new turret module and a new digital fire control system ensuring record-short intervals between shots.

Also on Thursday Russia’s arm manufacturers showcased the powerful Sunburn flame thrower capable of incinerating enemy position within seconds.

Visitors to the Army-2015 expo, including representatives of more than 70 countries, looking to buy state-of-the-art Russian military hardware, also had a chance to enjoy a close-up view of the Pantsir S-1 short to medium range missile and anti-aircraft artillery system designed to shoot down enemy aircraft, precision munitions, cruise missiles and UAVs at low and extremely low ranges.

The Army-2015 expo opened on June 16, 2015 in Kubinka, outside Moscow.

Russia to Hold Tank Biathlon in Late June

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According to Defense Ministry’s press service, Russia will hold all-army championships in tank biathlon military games and “Suvorov’s onslaught” infantry combat vehicle (BMP) races.

Russia will hold all-army championships in tank biathlon military games and “Suvorov’s onslaught” infantry combat vehicle (BMP) races, in the southern Volgograd Region on June 22-25, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said Monday.

Competition winners will be awarded the right to participate in the International Army Games-2015 to be held in the town of Alabino, Moscow Region, in August.

“The crews of the tanks and infantry combat vehicles arrived at the Prudboy range in the Volgograd Region to take part in all-army competitions tank biathlon and Suvorov’s onslaught,” the ministry’s press service said.

The tank biathlon is a Russian competition similar to a regular biathlon, with teams testing their driving skills and shooting at targets simulating tanks and low-flying helicopters.

Suvorov’s onslaught is a competition between BMP-2 fighting vehicle crews crossing obstacle zones and firing at with moving targets.