Russia Starts to Test New Stealth Armata Tank

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February
29, 2016

Sdelanounas.ru 

Translated for Fort Russ by Soviet
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“Testing of
20 units of the new “Armata” tank with unique properties have begun”, said the Deputy CEO of “Uralvagonzavod” Vyacheslav Khalitov to the Russian
news service. One of the features of the new machines – is their reduced
visibility to the enemy.

We use
GALS-technology — a special coating with reflective surface that does not allow the determining of what the object is, no matter what means of detection the enemy
employs: optical, radar or infrared, said Khalitov. All machines of the “Armata”
family are equipped with a communication system without the use of radio —
information is transmitted via IR-channel.

The second
unique feature of the new tank is a four-level system of protection. The
first level — reduced visibility. The second is active protection, which shoots
down enemy ammunition on the approach, controls the air space around the tank,
a special program of the onboard computer evaluates the emerging threats and
activates the means of interception. The third level is dynamic protection –
designed for ammunition that has managed to overcome the first two levels.

Finally, the
tank’s armour is hidden under layers of high-tech protection. In  the “Armata” it is a new
multilayer, sheet steel, and composite materials. Fine-grained structure,
optimized alloying process and special heat treatment made it possible to
ensure high protective properties at a reduced thickness of the armour plating.
Additional insurance for the crew is the insulated armour capsule, giving the
tank crew a chance to survive even during detonation of ammunition.

According
to Khalitov, other countries will not be able to create an analogue of the
Russian tank.

“There
are reports about a certain joint project of Germany and France. We will see
what our colleagues abroad will have to offer. 
By creating the “Armata” platform, we made a qualitative leap
forward that was ahead of them probably 8-10 years. So now creating a likeness of
the “Armata” is a replication, but we will continue to go much
further”, — said the representative of “Uralvagonzavod”.

Tested
combat vehicles on the “Armata” platform are the T-14 Main Battle
Tank and the T-15 heavy IFV. They will enter service in 2016 and 2017. The Ural
tank manufacturers are also planning to develop an assault vehicle with 152-mm
cannon on the same platform. It will be called “the tank killer.”

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