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Does Russia’s New Armata Tank Surpass the Armor of the West? | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Does Russia’s New Armata Tank Surpass the Armor of the West?

In the annual Victory Day Parade (an occasion that marks the anniversary of the defeat of Germany in WWII) in Moscow there will be a new piece of Russian military hardware on display, Russia’s new ‘Armata’ main battle tank. In a recent dress rehearsal for the event, it was the first time the tank was displayed and photographed in public. Many experts say if the tank is as advertised that it could very well be the best tank in the world. It will be interesting to see if that opinion holds true now that the pictures can be analyzed and new data will most likely be forthcoming on the tank model in the next few months.

Unveiling the tank for the Victory Day Parade is most likely no coincidence as Moscow continues to shake off sanctions and disregard the west’s unhappiness with how they seem to be enacting a land grab policy in Ukraine. They have been both defiant and emphatic in showing off their military hardware and capabilities over the last year and a half. Unveiling their new and improved main battle tank certainly is keeping in line with that policy. Russia’s President Putin has shown zero signs of backing down to the west, even as the Russian economy is floundering under the weight of the sanctions the USA and European Union have placed on them.

Armata Parade
Credit: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

It is the first new tank model the Russians have produced since the fall of the old Soviet Union. The old main battle tank, the T-72 (T-90 is the upgraded version) performed very badly in the Gulf War when it went up against the top of the line US M-1 Abrams Tank. In the so called “Mother of all Battles” the American and Allied forces obliterated the T-72 units that were manned by the elite Iraqi Republic Guard. This alerted the Russians that something new must be done in tank design in order to even up battlefield capabilities with the west.

Design of the new tank started way back in 2009. The ‘Armata’ (which means ‘Army’ in several different languages) is a 55 ton beast that is reported to have multi layers of armor, an independently armored crew capsule, and a self-loading 125 millimeter cannon  that can fire both standard and laser guided munitions. It looks to be a big improvement over the T-90.

The advanced chassis has also been designed to support versions that can be made into armored personnel carriers, heavily armored fighting vehicles, combat engineering vehicles and even a platform for mobile artillery.

Russia has ambitious plans to build over 2300 of the Armata tanks by 2020, but that scenario seems highly unlikely as sanctions continue to take a toll on the Russian economy. Declining oil prices around the world are not helping the Russian economy either. It is definitely a tank that the world’s military analysts will be taking a serious look at over the next few months. At the moment, it appears it could even things up on the armored battlefield and may even surpass some western armored capabilities and turn the balance in favor of Russia.

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Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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4 thoughts on “Does Russia’s New Armata Tank Surpass the Armor of the West?

  1. The new Russian war technology and tank pansar are results of an enormous research effort over last decades – even if the tank attack theories on the European continent must said be complete history since the Cold war ended and the battle between OVD (Organizatsija Varshavskovo Dogovora) or The Warsaw Agreement and ÓTAN/NATO. The Russian, White-Russian (Belarussian), Ukrainian, Serbian and Moldavian war capacity will be within some 20, 25-30 years be included in a new formed all-European defence system alliance covering from Greenland in the west to Kamchatka in the east – as Europeans in the long run can’t accept a divided Europe and the military-political NATO ditch which has replaced the old Iron Curtain in Europe today – which only can serve to prolong the U.S. and Pentagon falling superpower, which are hold up by European arms – and we Europeans can’t supply this support on the expense of a divided Europe which we all suffer from in Europe today. The Russian defence effort will so in the long run benefit the all-European cooperation on all the European continent – as the unification of Europe has been meeting a unfortunate standstill in the last 10-15 years. The most important in Europe today is to include Eastern Europe (Russian Federation, Ukraine, Moldavia, Georgia, Belorussia, Serbia) into the military and political union with the EU and a ne formed all-European defence organisation – a new ETO perhaps?

    1. The “unfortunate standstill” in the unification of Europe is more commonly known as “democracy”. The grand federal project has been forced on people without their consent and now they’re starting to push back. There is not going to be a European army and, without serious and urgent reforms, there is not going to be a European Union for much longer either.

  2. You have to be joking! The next thing would be a demand for a Russian veto right on all EU decisions and we would have another UN Security Council that can’t agree on nothing because Russia and China have the right of veto. The best way to deal with Russia is to keep it arm’s length, not invite it in to infect Europe with its undermining.

    I am more interested to hear from armor specialist about their thoughts on the role of this new Russian tank in future Russian armor doctrine.

  3. Europe’s new Iron curtain today is the NATO-ditch in the middle of Central Europe. This suits the Pentagon and the U.S. political circles very well. A United Europe with friends with China and India via the BRICS is the total nightmare for the US policy makers – it is just to re-read your Brzezinsky literature – and, besides, the quite new ones! If the Union will have it’s own military Power in its hands instead of its “Washington advisors” – then the US Superpower has met its end – just think about it – Brzezinsky has already done it! Military plans just plan for the last war (Cold War structions) instead of our 21st Century – which is the future. Too many still think about Russia as it was the Cold War figuration on the ground – which it isn’t!

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