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Russia Update: May 19, 2015
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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On May 9, at its Victory Day celebrations, Russia unveiled the newest additions to its military arsenal -- a tank and armored vehicle platform called the Armata. The Armata Universal Combat Platform is designed to be used by multiple types of vehicles, including the T-14 Main Battle Tank and the T-15 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle which had their debut performance in the rehearsals for the May 9 parades. The idea is to not only release a new class of tank and armored vehicle, but also -- in an idea similar to the development of the U.S. F-35 -- to standardize a significant amount of the weapons platform across different vehicles, making them easier to service in the field, and cheaper to maintain and upgrade.

Previously we've looked at the Armata's specs, and it is, in theory and advertisement, a formidable weapons system: 


But that's all theory. We have yet to see the Armata deployed to the field, but Janes has taken a closer look at the pictures of the Armata vehicles in order to make an educated guess about its true capabilities. Janes also discusses other weapons systems which debuted on May 9, including the Boomerang 8x8 vehicle, and the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV (Coalition-SV) self-propelled artillery (SPA) system:

The report, which is very detailed, starts with this assessment -- the Armata system is a significant departure from previous Russian designs:

While the vehicles' designs partly involve radical rather than revolutionary innovation, the scale and ambition of the change they embody is nothing short of a revolution. Together, the Armata, Kurganets, Boomerang, and Koalitsiya and other vehicles on show will replace nearly all Russia's existing vehicle families as, remarkably, Russia is attempting to replace all its main armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) families at the same time.

Additionally, the new vehicles display radical changes in design ethos and incorporate multiple previously unseen active protection systems (APSs). The reported weight and the apparent size of all the vehicles indicates a shift in armoured vehicle design philosophy away from the Soviet emphasis on manoeuvrability and low vehicle profile towards the Western focus on armour protection and crew survivability.

Read the entire article here.

-- James Miller