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Where has this power gone?

Tank T-14’s Russia where?

The main battle tank T-14 Armata of the Russian army has long been considered a weapon capable of deciding the war. Since its first appearance at the May 2015 Victory Day Parade in Moscow, the tank’s advanced capabilities have been praised.

However, the T-14 was absent from the special military operation in Ukraine – where their presence was considered essential, according to the 1945 military analysis site.

The Armata development program began in 2010 when the Russian Ministry of Defense ended the “Object-195” project – the T-95 tank program – which was not very revolutionary.

Instead, the new Armata project is seen as a technological leap over Soviet-era military hardware designs. The Armata program from the very beginning was very different from previous Soviet/Russian tank models.

The contours of the tank, from the body to the turret, are similar to Western tank designs. It has an unmanned turret, with a remote-controlled 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore main gun with fully automatic reloading.

The turret can hold 45 rounds and is capable of launching laser-guided missiles. In addition, the 125mm 2A82 cannon is also designed to be upgraded to the 2A83 152mm cannon. The T-14 is also equipped with secondary weapons including a 12.7mm Kord machine gun or a 7.62mm PKTM machine gun.

The roof of the T-14 turret is also integrated with a meteorological mast, satellite communications, a global positioning satellite system (GLONASS), data link antennas and radio communications.

The Armata’s low profile design is also optimal for protecting a three-man crew, reducing the chance of being hit by enemy fire.

Not only that, the commander, driver and gunner are surrounded by a solid cockpit at the front of the fuselage, made of composite materials and protected by multi-layer armor, which can withstand direct hits from almost any person. any type of ammo.

The tank is also equipped with an active defense system, explosive reactive armor, protection against anti-tank weapons.

Opening the Ukraine campaign, Russia left the key at home: Where has this power gone?  - Photo 2.

Why did the T-14 not appear in Ukraine?

With the above advanced features, it is clear that the absence of the T-14 in the special military operation in Ukraine has somewhat reduced the combat effectiveness of the Russian army.

According to experts, the fact that the T-14 does not appear in Ukraine is simply because Moscow does not have enough forces to deploy here.

Russian defense contractor Uralvagonzavod first announced that the T-14 will be delivered in 2018. After that, the delivery of the first nine tanks will come in 2019.

After this date, management said 20 will be tested and 80 will be put into service by the end of 2021.

Last year, Moscow announced that the T-15 Armata would go into mass production this year, but it seems that the new advanced main battle tanks will not be ready until next year at the earliest.

Currently, Russia does not have enough tanks to use effectively. There is little reason to deploy only a few T-14s to Ukraine even though they are faster and more capable than existing older tanks.

Deploying the most advanced weapons combined with old Russian tanks is expected to only put the T-14 in danger.

According to analysis site 1945, Moscow also does not seem to expect strong resistance in Ukraine, so it has little reason to risk new “toys” in its campaign.

This can be considered the right thinking, because each T-14 costs more than $ 3.7 million, nearly 20 times the price of an American-made Javelin anti-tank missile, about $ 175,000.

The Ukrainians have proven effective in using anti-tank weapons such as the British-made Javelin and NLAW to great success.

For now, the financial damage to Russia from the pressure of sanctions could be much greater than the material damage to Ukraine.

With that in mind, deploying the T-14 is not worth risking the money, nor is it worth risking the reputation of a tank that remains unproven in the field.

When a Russian tank was allegedly destroyed in Syria, the Western media immediately reported the dissection. As long as the T-14 is not deployed, it will remain a mystery; a potentially powerful weapon that the West must fear.

If the Ukrainians destroy even one or two tanks, the image of this tank will be significantly damaged. So the Kremlin is making sure that doesn’t happen.


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