Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 10, 2017 21:08:13 GMT -5
Russia to Start Churning Out Armata Tanks in 2018.
MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 15:19 07.02.2017
Russia will start the mass production of the advanced T-14 Armata battle tanks in 2018.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Serial production of Russia's state-of-the-art Armata tanks is scheduled to begin next year, the head of Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) machine building company said Tuesday.
"This will be next — 2018 — year, but we need to cut back tests," UVZ CEO Oleg Sienko told reporters.
The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled Armata tank at the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow in 2015.
Armata's operational engine has parameters of up to 1,800 horsepower, with the tank’s basic version equipped with a 1,500-horsepower engine. The tank is operated by a crew of three, housed in an armored capsule at the front. Its main armament includes a 125-mm smoothbore cannon and a 7.62-mm remote-control machine gun.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 21, 2017 17:13:21 GMT -5
UAE: Russia's UVZ showcase new remote-controlled weapons system in Abu Dhabi.
Ruptly TV Feb 20, 2017
Russian weapons manufacturer UralVagonZavod (UVZ) showcased their latest creations at the Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition IDEX, Monday, including a full size replica of their 30-mm remote-controlled weapons system.
The weapon is designed to locate, detect and destroy individual and multiple targets. It is equipped with a 30-mm automatic gun 2A42, as well as a 7.63-mm machine gun 6P7K, which serves as a support gun.
Russian Minister of Trade and Industry Denis Manturov was present at the exhibition today, alongside the UAE's ambassador to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash.
This year's IDEX, which runs from February 19-23, saw Russian companies presenting over 240 pieces of military equipment for all types of armed forces. The exhibition was attended by senior government and military officials from around the world.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 27, 2017 16:49:41 GMT -5
M1 Abrams vs. T-90: Top US General Admits Russia Has Achieved Tank Parity.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 21:58 26.03.2017
US Army Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mike Murray has told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that the US faces falling behind other countries in the area of tank technology, saying that other nations, including Israel, the UK and particularly Russia are close to catching up. Russian observers ponder the significance of the general's remarks.
In a speech before Senate defense subcommittee members last week that went largely unreported, Lt. Gen. Murray warned that the US no longer has the edge in tank technology it used to, saying that he could "not say that we have the world class tank that we had for many, many years."
"I'll be the optimist and say that we're at parity with a lot of different nations," Murray noted. Still, the officer stressed that "our most capable enemies are closing quickly."
"I think the Abrams is still towards the top of its class in terms of combat systems, in terms of tanks," Murray said. "I think we have parity, I think there is parity out there." Still, he warned that Russia has closed the gap it had with the US since the end of the Cold War. "I think the T-90 is probably pretty close," he told one senator.
As for Russia's newest generation tank, the Armata, the officer said that he couldn't comment on that, since the tank has not yet been widely fielded.
Murray emphasized that the M1 Abrams platform, introduced in the 1980s, is reaching the end of its upgrade potential, and suggested that it's time for the US to start development of a new generation tank. "We're just about reaching the limits of what we can do with the Abrams," he said.
At the same time, the officer said that he was concerned that designers have not offered any fundamental breakthroughs in technology which can be used to build this next generation tank: "What I worry about is, there is nothing on the near-horizon that indicates a fundamental breakthrough in technology where we can come up with a lighter tank. I think we would be mistaken to build another 75-ton tank as long as protection requirements are where they are," Murray stressed.
Commenting on the unusual frankness of the top US Army official's remarks, RT Russian contributor Nadezhda Alekseeva suggested that "the recognition of its own technological lag in the area of tank building is something new for the US military. For decades, the US had presented the M1 as the best piece of equipment in its class, one no rival could match."
Today, the journalist writes, "the technological gap has become so obvious that it is impossible to keep silent about it."
After all, the journalist recalled, in Russia, the idea that the US and its allies are lagging behind Russia's tank industry is nothing new. Two years ago, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin reacted to news that Germany and France were planning to build a new generation of tanks to match the T-14 Armata by pointing out that he estimates other countries to have fallen behind Russia by 15-20 years in this area. Rogozin stressed that playing catchup would be difficult, too, since obviously Russia's tank designers wouldn't just sit idle over the next two decades.
For his part, independent military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov suggested that frank or not, the purpose of Murray's speech was pretty obvious: to squeeze more money out of the government to develop new heavy armor.
The problem, he wrote, was that the general did not provide a very convincing argument to Congress about the need to allocate new billions for a new tank, when he himself admitted that US engineers do not have any fresh ideas. "A further increase in the size and weight of the tank would only turn an already unwieldy tank into a slow-moving dinosaur," the journalist noted, driving Murray's point home.
Looking back on the Abrams' proud history, Alekseeva suggested that in its own time, the M1 truly was a crowning achievement in technical terms, having been released over a decade before the appearance of its Soviet/Russian competitor, the T-90, which entered service only in 1993.
Chrysler developed the Abrams in 1979, and the formidable machine began to enter service in the US Army in 1980, replacing the aging M60. The tank was considered to have had a successful 'baptism by fire' in the first Gulf War in 1991, easily defeating the tank forces of the Iraqi army, equipped with Soviet monkey model T-55s, T-62s and T-72s, cutting into them like Swiss cheese and suffering almost no casualties from enemy tank fire.
However, since then, beginning with the second Iraq war and continuing with the Iraqi army's war against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists in 2014, the tank began showing a growing number of weak points.
With this in mind, Tuchkov suggested that the "powerful advertising by General Dynamics Land Systems [the Abrams' current builder] notwithstanding, the number of lost Abrams tanks completely negates the assertion that it is one of the best tanks in the world." In fact, the military writer boldly suggested that the Abrams is no longer even in the top 5, with Israel, Germany, the UK, South Korea and Russia all producing tanks with far superior technical and combat characteristics.
He recalled, for instance, that the US lost 80 Abrams in Iraq during the 2003 invasion, out of a total of 1,135 machines deployed. "As for tanks disabled by enemy fire and due to serious damage suffered by major components and systems, the picture is just depressing," Tuchkov wrote. In 2006, "the army had to ship 530 tanks –i.e. almost half of those deployed, off for repair in the US."
"Taking account of the negative experience, designers upgraded the Abrams – strengthening its armor protection, fitting the tanks' rear and sides with dynamic armored plating."
"But that too didn't help much," the journalist wrote. "According to various sources, between 30 and 47 Abrams have been lost from last autumn to the present in northern Iraq" in the ongoing campaign against Daesh.
As for Russia and its T-90, it has a lower profile, a higher top speed, a longer operational range, and at 46.5 tons, weighs a full 16.5 tons less than the 63 ton US behemoth. It has partial dynamic protection by default, with no additional skirt installations required, and according to Tuchkov, has demonstrated its prowess in the Syrian conflict.
The Syrian Army, Tuchkov recalled, has an undisclosed number of T-90As, the first version of the tank which saw mass production. "Since 2014, the Syrian Army has lost only one T-90 to an American TOW missile."
Just as significant, the observer suggested, was the fact that the loss occurred "not due to the tank's weakness, but due to poor crew training, and their failure to follow safety instructions." Specifically, the onboard Shtora-1 infrared ATGM jamming system was switched off at the time of the militants' attack; the tank's hatches were also open. Abandoned by the Syrian Army, the T-90A has since been captured and used by the militants.
The one lost tank excepted, Syrian T-90s have been successfully used by the Syrian Army's 4th Mechanized Division, usually on the front lines of the Army's key offensives, including the recent offensive to liberate Aleppo.
Ultimately, Alekseeva stressed that while military publications in the US and Russia have made comparisons of the T-90 and the M1 ad nauseam, the truth is that "it's probably impossible to speak of either tank's unquestionable superiority over the other: both tanks belong to roughly the same generation, and both have implemented the best technologies available in their time…Rather, the real cause for concern for the US military is the T-14 Armata, Russia's latest main battle tank."
That tank, developed in the late 2000s by Uralvagonzavod, and starting mass production beginning in 2015, is the real concern for Lt. Gen. Murray and the US Army, the journalist noted.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 26, 2017 12:33:21 GMT -5
Busting Myths on T-14 Armata.
RedEffect Apr 1, 2017
Today we bust some myths on T-14 Armata
I found out some information after I made the video regarding the previous projects that led up to Armata. In the video I mention Obj 195 and T-74, but there was also another one from the late 70s that resembles Armata a lot. It was Object 477 Molot with a remote turret and was armed with 2A83 smoothbore 152mm gun.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 26, 2017 15:15:55 GMT -5
T-14 Armata - Russian Main Battle Tank [Review]
Military Weapons Jan 27, 2017
The T-14 Armata is a new Russian main battle tank based on the Armata Universal Combat Platform. It is the first series-produced next generation tank. The Russian Army plans to acquire 2,300 T-14s in the period 2015-2020.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 27, 2017 13:19:03 GMT -5
Russia: This 'Medved' armoured vehicle can withstand explosions, chemical weapons.
Ruptly TV Apr 27, 2017
An updated model of a special armoured vehicle, called 'Medved' ('Bear'), was successfully tested in the Nizhny Novgorod Region on Wednesday. The vehicle was designed at the special request of Russia's Interior Ministry.
SOT, Mikhail Kireev, leading designer at Russia's Military Industrial Complex (Russian): "This is a special police vehicle created upon the request of the Russian Interior Ministry. It is designed to transport personnel both in urban and off-road conditions. The vehicle provides protection for the crew from toxic substances, shelling from small arms, as well as explosive devices."
Russia: New Arctic Tor and Pantsir air-defence systems debut at Moscow V-Day Parade.
Ruptly TV May 9, 2017
Russian Arctic-ready military equipment, including the Pantsir-SA surface-to-air missile complex and the Tor-M2DT anti-aircraft missile system, debuted at the 2017 Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square, Tuesday.
The Pantsir-SA has six missile launchers and can reportedly destroy targets at a range of up to 20 km (12.42 miles). The Tor M2-DT is the Arctic version of the Tor M2, a short-range, surface-to-air missile system, with a missile range of about eight miles (12.87-kilometre).
A BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier rolls down Moscow's Red Square carrying military personnel dressed in white armu outfits
Last Edit: May 10, 2017 5:24:12 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
'Terminator' in Syria: Russian Tank Support Vehicle 'Tested in Combat'
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE - 17:48 03.07.2017
One of Russia’s most advanced weapons, the BMPT-72 "Terminator 2" combat machine, has been spotted at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.
It was demonstrated for Syrian President Bashar Assad by Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov during Assad’s visit to the military site. A guided tour was organized during which the Syrian President had the chance to see some of the military hardware Russia used in the Syrian campaign.
The pictures released after Assad’s visit to Hmeymim show the latest version of the BMPT-72 in desert camo, partly covered with a camouflage net. Apparently, the machine is part of the Russian forces involved in protecting the base, alongside T-90 tanks.
The Syrian campaign is the first combat voyage for the "Terminator 2." Its prototype was built back in 2001, but for many years the Russian Defense Ministry could not decide upon which role it could play in serving the armed forces. Experts suggest that the mission in Syria will put the new combat machine to test and its results will define its future.
Different combat operations, including the war in Afghanistan, revealed that tanks are extremely vulnerable to grenade launchers and anti-tank missile systems. As a result, the BMPT — Boyevaya Mashina Podderzhki Tankov (Tank Support Fighting Machine) – was designed by Russia’s defense company Uralvagonzavod as a versatile and mobile weapon for protecting tanks. According to the initial conception, vehicles of this type should be used alongside tanks on the battlefield and destroy any potentially dangerous target.
As a result, the BMPT is filled to the brim with different types of weapons. Its main armament is the 2A42 30-mm twin automatic cannon with 900 rounds of ammunition. In addition, there is a PKT 7.62-mm machine gun in the turret. The BMPT also carries four launchers for 9M120-1 (or 9M120-1F/4) guided anti-tank missiles, capable of hitting their target at a distance of up to six kilometers. Moreover, there are two AG-17D automatic grenade launchers. The vehicle is based on the T-72 tank chassis and has a crew of three servicemen.
Initially, BMPT machines were slated to join the Russian Army in 2010, but it did not happen at the time. Despite the fact that the Russian Defense Ministry had a number of issues with the BMPT, the concept was not abandoned.
According to Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky, such weapons were not in demand with the Russian military until recently.
At the same time, he noted, that the appearance of the "Terminator 2" in Syria is logical. In the beginning of the year, the Defense Ministry said that samples of nearly 160 weapons were tested in the Syrian campaign.
According to Murakhovsky, the vehicle photographed at Hmeymim is the only existing fully operating BMPT-72 "Terminator 2" so far.
"It is reasonable that the military wants to put it to the test in real combat missions, including in urban areas. Without such tests, it is impossible to determine its efficiency. Only combat experience can decide whether the army needs the 'Terminator' or not," the expert told Sputnik.
Despite the fact that the future of the "Terminator" in the Russian Army remains uncertain, its technology is likely to be used to develop a brand new tank support fighting machine.
In 2016, Uralvagonzavod CEO Oleg Sienko told Sputnik that the company developed the conception of combat vehicles based on the Armata tank platform, including a new BMTP. It is expected to receive a more powerful armament as well as advanced targeting and communications systems.
Last Edit: Jul 3, 2017 13:33:45 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 19, 2017 13:14:18 GMT -5
Team Russia sets new record in tank biathlon at Intl’ Army Games (VIDEOS)
RT.com 31 Jul, 2017 20:56
The Russian team set a new record for their speed and accuracy of shooting during the tank biathlon at the International Army Games 2017, the chief judge has announced.
"As of today, the first crew of the Russian tank biathlon team has shown the very highest result – this is in fact the best figure for all the years of the tank competition on this track," Major-General Dmitry Gorbatenko, the chief judge of the Army International Games, told RIA Novosti.
Last year, the best result of the individual event was attained by the Chinese team, which finished the race track in 21 minutes and three seconds but failed to hit one of their targets.
This year they were beaten by the Russians, who finished in a time of 19 minutes 10 seconds without missing a single target.
The Chinese team came second this year while Belarus scooped third place.
The tank biathlon, held at the Alabino shooting range near Moscow, kicks off the International Army Games. Teams representing nineteen countries are taking part in the biathlon, including Russia, China, Serbia, India, Mongolia, Uganda, Armenia, Laos, Iran and Venezuela.
Over the course of fifteen days, teams will have to drive their tank through an obstacle course while practicing precision fire.
The tank biathlon is just one of 28 discipline comprising the International Army Games, which began Saturday and are set to continue until 12 August, simultaneously taking place in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and China.
According to Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, 3,500 soldiers from twenty-eight countries are taking part.
Airborne 'Typhoon': Russia Develops Special Armored Vehicle for Paratroopers.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 15:28 04.01.2018
The Typhoon-VDV will be equipped with modern weapon systems and will boast an increased level of armor protection. The vehicle is currently being tested. Its mass production is planned for 2019.
A new armored vehicle has been developed for the Russian Airborne Forces, the Defense Ministry said on its website.
The vehicle has been named the Typhoon-VDV (Typhoon-Airborne). It is built on the Typhoon 6x6 armored personal carrier (APC) chassis, but utilizes an upgraded, four-wheel drive version of the platform.
"Over the last several years, the Airborne Command has teamed up with defense companies to work out a common approach to the development of advanced protective vehicles for special purposes, based on a wheeled chassis and equipped with combat systems," the statement said.
Col. Nikolai Anokhin, head of the logistics department of the Airborne Forces, pointed out that the need for a new APC is due to the fact that personnel needs to be more protected, taking into account the development of modern small arms.
The Typhoon-VDV is currently undergoing field trials and its serial production is scheduled to start in 2019 upon completion of the tests.
The Defense Ministry also said that the Typhoon-VDV is armed with a modern weapons system. In addition to a high level of armor protection, the key advantage of the new vehicle will be its ability to be dropped by air.
The new vehicle will be an addition to the Typhoon family of multifunctional, armored, ambush-protected vehicles, which includes the Typhoon-K and the Typhoon-U.
Both vehicles are capable of transporting several tons of cargo or up to 16 servicemen across rough terrain at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The vehicles’ armor is capable of withstanding high-caliber projectiles and protecting the crew from explosive devices with a yield of up to eight kilograms of TNT. Typhoon-K vehicles have been spotted in Syria and used by units of the Russian Military Police.
Last Edit: Jan 6, 2018 2:25:23 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 23, 2018 22:46:06 GMT -5
80% Elimination Rate: Russian Military Tries Out Krasnopol Guided Weapons System Near St. Petersburg.
Vesti News Feb 23, 2018
The military is upgrading shells near St. Petersburg. The Krasnopol guided weapon system, a creation of Tula Arms, has been known since the 1970s. But only modern modifications allow hitting an opponent’s positions with surgical accuracy, resulting in a target elimination rate of 80%.
Tank Tag: New Russian Battle Tactics Revealed (VIDEO)
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 06:54 27.02.2018
Russia’s Ministry of Defense has published a video showing brand new tank tactics filmed at the Pogonovo proving grounds.
An all new tactic was rehearsed during military drills at Pogonovo proving grounds near the Russian city of Voronezh, in which battalion and division commanders of the Western Military district took part.
"The special feature of this military exercise was a unique method of hitting targets at distances of up to 12 kilometers," said Timur Trubienko, army vice commander.
The new tactics involve tanks posing as artillery and shooting from behind cover. Usually, tanks shoot only within their range of sight — but this time, they received intel from Orlan drones.
Immediately after firing, the tanks leave their position in order to avoid enemy fire. As soon as the enemy fires in retaliation, Orlan drones pinpoint the enemy's location and transmit it to the tanks and allied artillery.
The allied artillery opens fire immediately and the tanks, which posed as artillery earlier, appear out of nowhere to finish what remains of the enemy positions. The interaction between various forces is streamlined and is conducted by bypassing the headquarters, which makes reaction time faster.
The military drills involved more than 200 battalion commanders and more than 100 vehicles.
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