Russian troops are expected to get the first pilot batch of next-generation T-14 Armata tanks in late 2019 – early 2020, according to the head of Rostec State Corporation Sergei Chemezov.
The Armata was designed over the course of five years, and features a number of characteristics new to Russian armoured vehicles, including an unmanned turret. The crew of three is seated in an armoured capsule in the front of the hull, which will also include a toilet for the crew.
Reported by TASS at the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Chemezov said:
“Currently, work is nearing completion to prepare the production facilities and an experimental batch has been manufactured. It will be delivered to the Russian Army in late 2019 – early 2020.”
Armata’s main combat characteristics centre on a high degree of passive and active armour protection.
The Armata has been described as a major concern for Western armies, and British intelligence views the unmanned turret as providing many advantages. Western observers, however, question Russia’s ability to purchase modern tanks like the T-90 and T-14 in significant numbers.