Russian T-14 “Armata” Firing and Inside Look

first published on January 28, 2016 by

The T-14 Armata is the Russian 5th generation main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. The platform allows for several armored military vehicle types to be built on the same Armata chassis including the T-15 Heavy IFV, self-propelled artillery, recovery, engineer, and troop transport vehicles, among others.



– Malachit ERA (Explosive Reactive Armor), “Dual Layered” and latest generation. T-90MS uses Relikt ERA, and T-90A uses Kontakt-5 ERA. Kontakt-5 alone is globally praised, Ukraine and Serbia tried duplicating it, resulting in Nozh-2 and NERA respectively.

– Afghanit APS (Active Protection System) [seen on 7:20]. Latest Generation APS, which works in combination of its 360 Degree AESA Radar (Active Electronically Scanned Array), first ever on a tank (before only seen on most advanced Aircraft such as F-22, F-35, and T-50 PAK FA), and can be seen on the turret which are the 4 black “sensor” boxes. The Russian T-90A, Ukrainian T-84BM Oplot, and Serbian M-84AS use Shtora-1 APS, literally meaning “Curtain”.


– New Generation Autoloader with Extra Shields around the ammunition for maximum crew safety, as well as manual load ammunition also available. The principle is a further development from the T-90MS.

– The unmanned turret and the Epoch Remote Controlled Machine Gun rotate simultaneously, as well as the gunner “passing” the target to the commander in the Armata Battle Network. The crew does not have to say a word or yell before firing thanks to the Multi-Channel Video view.

– Armored Capsule gives the crew an extremely high chance of survivability. A tank within a tank so to say.


– Classified as a 5th Generation Tank. No other tank is classified as 5th Generation yet. The US M1A2 Abrams and the Chinese Type-99 Tanks are classified as 3rd Generation. Chinese Type-99A2, Israeli Merkava IV, Japanese Type-10, South Korean K2 Black Panther, and the T-90MS are classified as “Advanced” 3rd Generation. It is possible the future Polish PL-01 tank will be classified as a 4th or 5th Generation MBT because of its “stealth” features and unmanned turret, which is however

– And of course a virtual battle network connecting other T-14 and T-90MS tanks in the vicinity with GLONASS & NAVSTAR GPS. The connectivity network is classified, since “Instant Messaging”, Videos, and Photos can be “passed” to another or multiple friendly tank, without Internet, WLAN, Radio, or Bluetooth connectivity.

– Weight: 48 Tons compared to M1A2 Abrams 68.5 Tons. Both use 1,500 Horsepower Diesel Engine, with a 2,000 HP Engine Option for the Armata made from Chelyabinsk Plant, the ChTZ 12Н360 (A-85-3A).