Indian Army ready to buy world's most modern T-14 Armata tank: Report

As per recent reports, the Indian military is in talks with Russian authorities for the purchase of the world's most modern tank 'T-14 Armata'. Russian T-14 Armata tank has recently received an export certificate, India is ready to conclude a contract with Russia for the supply of these heavy combat vehicles to the country’s armament.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 14, 2021 11:47 IST
Indian Army ready to buy world's most modern T-14 Armata tank: Report
Russian T-14 Armata MBT

According to Defense sources, India is ready to sign a contract with Russia for the supply of T-14 “Armata” tanks. Due to the fact that the newest Russian T-14 Armata tank has received an export certificate, India is ready to conclude a contract with Russia for the supply of these armored vehicles to the Indian Army's arsenal.  

This would be a multi-billion dollar deal since earlier information appeared about the intentions of the Indian Armed Forces to receive 500 tanks of this type.

Indian military completely trusts Russian armored vehicles, and against the background of an impending armed conflict with China, the acquisition of Russian heavy tanks capable of withstanding a direct hit from a large caliber and a UAV strike is very vital for New Delhi.

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Information about the purchase of 500 T-14 Armata tanks by the Indian military appeared in the recent press reports in the middle of last year, however, due to the fact that the export version of this armored vehicle did not exist, the deal was supposed to be completed in 2021.

It should be noted that today India is one of the largest buyers of modern Russian weapons such as the S-400 Triumph air defense system, AK-203 assault rifles, Sukhoi Su-30s & many more.  

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Indian Army currently fields more than 3000 Tanks, more than 95 percent of the Tank fleet consists of Russian made T-90S and T-72 tanks in addition to 124 indigenously developed Arjun Mk1 tanks, Induction of T-14 Armata will make the Indian Armoured Corps one of the most modern armored forces in the world.

In addition to India, Russian also T-14 Armata tanks to countries such as Algeria, Iran, Belarus, etc., and a clear interest in combat vehicles are actively traced throughout the world since today it is not only a promising tank but and a perfectly protected combat vehicle capable of repelling the attack of superior enemy forces in defense.

T-14 Armata 

  • The main armament of the T-14 is the 2A82-1M 125 mm (4.92 in) smoothbore cannon that can fire a wide range of ammunition, including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) projectiles, guided missiles, high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT-FS) shells, air-burst HE-Frag shells, and other types of rounds.
  • The secondary armament consists of a 12.7×108mm Kord machine gun with 300 rounds (not observed during the 2015 parade) and a 7.62×54mmR PKTM (6P7К) machine gun with 1,000 rounds. All guns are remotely controlled.
  • The T-14 is powered by a ChTZ 12N360 diesel engine delivering up to 1,500 hp that can provide an operational range of up to 500 km.

The T-14 is equipped with 26.5–40 GHzactive electronically scanned array radar, which is used mainly by the APS. Up to 40 airborne or 25 ground targets down to 0.3 m (12 in) in size can be tracked simultaneously at a range of up to 100 km. The tracking system provides an automatic firing solution for the destruction of the target.

According to the manufacturer, The T-14's crew of three is protected by an internal armored capsule. Both the chassis and the turret are equipped with the Malachit dual-explosive reactive armor (ERA) system on the front, sides, and top. The tank uses an integrated, computerized control system that monitors the state and functions of all tank modules.

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