Johdon taholta esitettiin seuraava toive: Joten jatketaan tässä ketjussa keskustelua Venäjän asevoimielle suunnitteilla olevan Uralvagonzavodin Armata T-14 taistelupanssarivaunusta. Armatasta globalsecurity.org:ssa: "T-14 (Object 149) Armata The first photos of Russia’s top-secret tank appeared on the Internet 24 March 2015. Moreover, the all-new T-14 Armata tanks were captured as they were being transported by rail to a range outside Moscow ahead of the May 9 Victory Day parade on Red Square. Even though the tanks were partially camouflaged to hide their silhouette and size, the seven-track design was clearly visible. The new T-14 and the rest of Russia's new armored vehicles show a huge technological leap from the old Soviet-era military hardware. "The new vehicles are principally clean-slate designs and represent the biggest change in Russia's armored fighting vehicle families since the 1960s and 1970s," IHS Jane's 360 Defense Weekly reported. Germany's Stern magazine wrote that this tank is the first major embodiment of innovations in the Russian defense industry since the breakup of the Soviet Union. The tank's seven wheels give it away as an Armata. Russia's current tanks are all based on variations of old Soviet tank chassis designs and have six wheels. Another recognizable feature is the long and boxy turret that resembles modern Western tank turret designs such as the U.S. M1 Abrahms and German Leopard 2. Older Russian tanks have more bulbous turrets. The tanks apparently feature a new generation 125mm extended-length smoothbore gun. After five years of development, the Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation finalized manufacture of the first batch of Armata tanks and heavy personnel carriers. They have been included in Russia’s 2015 defense order. The new T-14 tank on the Armata platform will be presented at a night-time parade rehearsal as soon as 27 March 2015, but it's likely that arms experts will not be able to learn much about it. Russia's next-generation Armata main battle tank, which due to be shown to the public at the 2015 Victory Day parade in Moscow, will undergo state testing in 2016. The Russian next-generation T-14 Armata main battle tank, due to be unveiled at the Red Square Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9 will appear in public at an advance parade rehearsal, according to a source in the defense industry, Russian news site Lenta.Ru reported. The latest rehearsal for what is planned to be the biggest Victory Day parade in Russia's recent history is scheduled for Friday, at 6:45 a.m., so it's possible that the Armata tank will appear as soon as this week. However, the tank will appear in a camouflage that will distort it's silhouette and make it impossible to examine its exact configuration. The technique, practiced by car manufacturers to protect prospective models from espionage, will likely be adapted for the Armata. One existing technology to conceal a tank's shape is the Nakidka, developed by Moscow's Steel Research Institute, which also conceals a tank's thermal, infrared and radar signatures. The first 20 T-14 Armata main battle tanks were handed over to the military earlier in February. It was initially thought that the new tank would be revealed then, but authorities decided to keep the tank's details a secret. The T-14 (Object 149) main battle tank is based on the Armata platform, which has been in development at Uralvagonzavod since 2009. Other than the tank, the platform will be used for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), self-propelled guns (SPGs), engineering vehicles and other uses. Russia to Start Producing New Main Battle Tank in 2016. The Armata tank will reportedly feature a remotely controlled gun and fully automated loading, as well as a separate crew compartment made from composite materials and protected by multilayered armor. The first 20 T-14 Armata main battle tanks were handed over to the military in February 2015. It was initially thought that the new tank would be revealed then, but authorities decided to keep the tank's details a secret. The T-14 (Object 149) main battle tank is based on the Armata platform, which has been in development at Uralvagonzavod since 2009. Other than the tank, the platform will be used for armored fighting vehicles (AFVs), self-propelled guns (SPGs), engineering vehicles and other uses. The Armata tank will reportedly feature a remotely controlled gun and fully automated loading, as well as a separate crew compartment made from composite materials and protected by multilayered armor. The tank will go through state trials in 2016, and it is expected that by 2020, over 2,300 tanks on the Armata platform will be supplied to the military. The speed with which the Russians expect to go from prototype to operational service may be due to the extent to which this is not really a new tank design, but mainly a rework of the previously developed T-95, or it may simply be normal Russian optimism. If the former, there would be changes to fix whatever design flaws were identified in the T-95, which reportedly did well in testing but did not enter production. The fundamentals design elements would be the same: unmanned turrets with external gun, and new sensors. The T-14 Armata main battle tank is a prime example of the rapid modernization of Russia’s armed forces, German newsmagazine Stern reported on 31 March 2015. “An absolutely new main battle tank is certainly not something most of the world’s exiting armies can boast about. The German Leopard-2 tank was developed 35 years ago, just like the American M1 Abrams.The existing versions of the western tanks feature many improvements, but the basic characteristics do not differ much from the original,” the magazine said. The new Armata armored tracked platform combines and assimilates all the last decade’s major developments and innovations in battle vehicle design and construction. The T-14’s main forte is its unmanned remotely controlled turret armed with a brand new 125 mm smoothbore cannon. Its muzzle energy is greater than that of the world’s now 2nd most powerful cannon: the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120 mm gun. The tank crew is securely enclosed in a multi-layer armored capsule separated from the ammunition container. The vehicle is fully computerized and remote-controlled via high-resolution video cameras. “Being on the cutting edge of the Russian tank building industry, the Armata tank is a highly maneuverable and fast machine,” the Stern concluded. The tank’s builder, the Uralvagonzavod plant, can roll out around 500 T-14 Armata tanks each year." (lainaus: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/t-14.htm) Jätän nyt oman arvioni ja kritiikkini kirjoittamatta, tekstiä löytyy paljon foorumin panssarivaunu-ketjusta mutta voinen siirrellä sieltä joitain viimeaikaisia arvioita myös tähän ketjuun kuvien kera. Painotetaan nyt viesin loppuun, että kyseisestä Armata T-14 mbt:stä on valmistettu käytännössä vasta proto-sarja ja käytännössä kenttätestaus on edessä ja sen pitäisi alkaa v. 2016 puolella. vlad.