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17 Comments on "Russia’s Armata T-14 Main Battle Tank: A Preliminary Assessment"

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1 year 7 months ago
Your assertion that the T-34 was the best tank during WW2 is completely erroneous. That accolade, ironically enuff, belongs to the Panzer Mark V aka the Panther. The Panther was fielded (1942) precisely to defeat the T34 (an older design) which proved to be far superior to existing German tanks (upto Panzer Mark IV). In terms of Mobility, Firepower, Armour Protection and general sophistication, the Panther is regarded as the best all-round tank of WW2 (a simple Wiki search will suffice to verify this). Where the T34 scored over the German tanks was in its simple yet effective design which… Read more »
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1 year 7 months ago

Who cares about the Armata? Hopefully this tank will be of no consequence to India.

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1 year 7 months ago

Too little, too late. India would be better off collaborating with the Israelis in designing and developing next-gen platforms.

Dhimas Afihandarin
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1 year 7 months ago

Regarding to length of penetrator. I think Armata would be able to use much longer penetrator than what being designed for earlier T-72 or T-90.

Since the turret is unmanned there are now vertical space to store longer munition, similar as US M1 TTB. It may however still use two piece arrangement BUT longer penetrator is now possible plus with increased capability of the new 2A82 gun.

Russians already developed new Grifel penetrator, which is longer than current Svinetz. (Though i see bit confusion whether its developed for 2A82 or 152mm 2A83 gun)

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1 year 7 months ago
"but experienced tankers tend to recoil in horror at such a suggestion, asserting that there is no real substitute for first-hand observation. Veteran tanker and Business Standard columnist Ajai Shukla observes, “Given that a commander MUST remain "opened up" for as long as possible, i.e. in eye contact with the battlefield until there is serious artillery shelling . . . this design simply does not hack it for me.” Mr Ajai Shukla is Obsolete…He has no experience of urban warfare..and for that matter actual tank warfare either…He makes similar remarks on Fighter Planes and Naval Ship EVEN WHEN HE HAS… Read more »
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1 year 7 months ago
The T-14 potentially marks a major doctrinal shift in Russian thinking from firepower and mobility to protection and lends itself to some great analysis. Unfortunately, the author's superficial knowledge of both armor and its employment shows up rather glaringly. 1. All tanks are evaluated on the holy trinity of firepower, mobility, and protection. What makes it more interesting from an analytical perspective is that there are usually tradeoffs between these three. Inventing one's own framework of armour, crew protection, and firepower is lazy and sloppy analysis. You can't just ignore the mobility parameter – and that's more than the engine.… Read more »
Dalip Bhati
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1 year 7 months ago

Arjun will be the best east or west time will prove

Abhiman
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Abhiman
1 year 7 months ago

Jo bhi hai, let's hope India does NOT purchase this, and instead inducts the Arjun Mark 2 instead. The army must work with DRDO to make the Arjun Mark 2 a success.

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1 year 7 months ago

a bad copy of the Arjun Tank

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1 year 7 months ago

Good article. Hello from Russia.

Dalip Bhati
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1 year 7 months ago
Just see how Russians have leap frogged from T34 to Armata (USA from Sherman to Abrams, British from Churchill to Challenger and the like we in India have used from some of the tanks of those countries and they were not up to the mark) and we can't accept ARJUN TANK no tank in the WORLD is ideal or without drawbacks THEY ARE ALL COMPROMISE SOLUTIONS we must continue with regained vigour for our KAVERI Engine and ARJUN tank KARAT KARAT ABHYAS KE JAD MATI HOT SUJAN — BY PRACTICING AGAIN AGAIN EVEN DUMB PERSON CAN BECOME INTELLIGENT WHAT ARE… Read more »
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1 year 7 months ago

Good Post Shiv, However this tank making its way in Indian Army is not a possibility maybe some of its components will make their way on the T-90s. The next Indian Tank will be smaller, easy to maintian and less expensive and ofcourse in small numbers 500-700 max. Remember we already have 1000+ T-90, 400 odd Arjun and 700+ T-72s so what will T-14 replace? That's a big question.

guvi
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1 year 7 months ago

Soviets lost their tech edge to Western tech after the T-64. Their tank guns have much lesser firepower, their armor is lighter and therefore weaker, and their engines are troublesome in desert conditions. On the other hand, western tanks made much progress in auto-loaders, night fighting, composite armor, crew protection, and network centricity which the Russian tanks lack sorely till date.

If India decides to evaluate T-14 it would be basically Geo-politics and budget constraints rather than pure merit. On merit I am sure T-14 would not be better off than the M1A1 Abrams… Equal maybe.

Parthasarathi
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1 year 7 months ago
Sir,Though it is not appropriate to raise this question here but nevertheless contemporary. Why the accident rate of our military aircrafts are so high ?? What is the reason ? In last two months two Dornier aircrafts were lost ? Both without giving any SOS. ( Mayday ) signal !! It's really strange !! Is there any malware ( like Stuxnet ) in their mission commuter ?? or something else. Otherwise slow speed twin propeller planes are quite reliable ! They can make home even if one engine is out of order ! Fighter aircraft's seats are getting ejected without… Read more »
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1 year 7 months ago

Good target practice for A-10's. Russians, including that midget Putin, are pussies.

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1 year 7 months ago

Just more Russian junk – sitting ducks for attach helos. As for being technologically advanced the less said the better. apparently one of these had a transmission failure in the middle of the Victory Day Parade and had to be hauled out ! What more do you expect from the Ruskies.

arjuna rabindranath
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1 year 5 months ago
To echo what some others have said. Your assertion that the Russians have had superior tanks is dubious. A tanks ability to see first, shoot first and hit first is critical to all three of firepower, mobility and protection. The Russians have never been ahead in this respect. They have always had worse optics, fire control systems, ergonomics, auto-loaders and other contributing factors leading to their destruction in combat. Dominant tanks like the Leopard and Abrams have taken collaboration and more importantly plenty of investment to develop. The current situation in Russia means the Armata will not receive this. Apart… Read more »
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