The first pilot batch of next-generation T-14 Armata main battle tanks will arrive for the Russian army in late 2019 – early 2020, Head of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, told TASS at the Dubai Airshow 2019 exhibition on Tuesday.
“Currently, work is nearing completion to prepare the production facilities and an experimental batch has been manufactured. It will be delivered to the Russian Army in late 2019 – early 2020,” the Rostec chief said.
The Armata is a heavy tracked standardized platform serving as the basis to develop the main battle tank, an infantry fighting vehicle, an armored personnel carrier, and some other armored vehicles.
The T-14 tank based on the Armata platform was shown to the public for the first time at Red Square’s Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015. The new combat vehicle features fully digitized equipment, an unmanned turret and an isolated armored capsule for the crew.