Russia’s top secret tank called new T-14 Armata main battle tank was photographed while they were being loaded on to railway wagons to Moscow for the Victory Day Parade on May 9.
The video showing the T-14 Armata is going viral on Youtube and the state-run Sputnik News said the tank in the video was, indeed, T-14 Armata with its distinctive seven-track design, rarely seen in main battle tanks.
“Armata” is the plural of the Greek word “arma” which means weapon and was an old Russian gun used in the 14th century and it was often referred as “Armada” by defense experts and journalists on.
The sensitive video was uploaded by a user called Alexander Smirnov, who used his handheld video camera at an undisclosed railway station but he did not identify the tank by name.
Oleg Siyenko, general director of Uralvagonzavod, an army unit that developed the Armata tank mainframe told news agency ITAR-TASS that “a whole family of armored vehicles based on the Armata platform” would be displayed at the upcoming Victory Day Parade in Red Square.
The Internet is abuzz with photos of tanks being shipped on railway wagons with fully covered, according to the website Liveleak.
However, there is controversy whether T-14 Armata is a modified German Leopard-1 tank with its seven tracks or is it an entirely different tank on anvil.
Uralvagonzavod has built the T-14 Armata since 2009 to replace the currently used T-90 and T-72 tanks. It has a flexible platform allowing different configurations to be mounted on it like an armored personnel carrier or a self-propelled artillery gun.
It also features a 125mm smooth-bore gun that can be remotely controlled from a heavily a heavily armored capsule inside. An expert analysis in Sputnik News said that the T-14 is “on par” with the American M1A2 Abrams tank and the German Leopard 2, which are currently in use.
The prototypes of T-14 Armata began to leak since 2013 with expectations that the first batch of tanks would join the force this year and prior to that they will be shown in the parade, said defense experts.
Once the supplies to the army begin this year, it may take at least five years to replace the existing tanks with new T-14 Armat seven track systems.
|Designer||Ural Design Bureau of Transport Machine-Building, Uralvagonzavod|
|Crew||2 or 3
|Depends on the variant, T-14: 125mm smoothbore 2A82 tank cannon, 2S35: 152mm gun|
|Depends on the variant, T-14: 30 mm cannon and 12.7 machine gun|
|Engine||A-85-3A diesel engine
|Transmission||8-speed automatic gearbox|
|Speed||65–75 kilometres per hour (40–47 mph)|