The portal Business Insider analyzed, some tanks are in service with Russian army and many battle machines is in stock. Despite the fact that the parade in 2015 was shown the latest tank T-14 “Armata”, the troops of these little cars.
The publication writes that the tank will be ready for the full service no earlier than 2019. And while most of 2 thousand 700 combat-ready tanks in the Russian army are T-72B3 and T-80U.
Developed in the mid 50-ies of the T-55 tank armed with 100 mm gun and can accelerate to 50 km/h Over the years the tank has repeatedly modernizowany and today there are a large number of modifications 55-Ki. Now these tanks are not used by the Russian military, but the warehouse still contains about 2800 T-55.
Produced from 1961 to 1975, the T-62 is armed with a smoothbore gun and capable of speeds up to 50 km/h on the highway and up to 27 km/h on rough terrain.
The t-62 performed well during both Chechen campaigns and continues to fight in Syria (Russia is supplying these tanks to the army of Bashar al-Assad). In Russia, these tanks were decommissioned in 2011. Now in storage is about 2 thousand 500 T-62 of various modifications.
T-64 is equipped with powerful 125 mm smoothbore gun with automatic loader and is able to produce up to eight rounds per minute. The t-64 could fire guided missiles “Cobra” at a distance of 4 km and is protected by combined armor in the frontal projection. These tanks served for a relatively short time and was sent to the reserve. Total storage is about 2 thousand of these tanks of various modifications.
Production of the T-90 began in 1992. T-90 was 125-mm gun 2A46M-2, thermal imaging camera, new engine, increased bookings and other improvements. Now in Russia is armed with about 350 tanks T-90/T-90A various modifications and another 200 are kept in reserve.
T-80U entered service in 1985. He was the world’s first production tank with a single gas turbine power plant and a frontal projectile dynamic protection.
T-80 can accelerate up to 80 km/h, the tank just flies on the highway. Now the troops is 450 T-80U, another 3 thousand (T-80B, T-80BV, T-80U) are stored.
These combat vehicles are armed Kantemir division elite armored units of the Russian army.
The most advanced version of the T-72 features a new engine with a capacity of 1 thousand 130 horsepower and an improved fire control system. The tank is more precise to hit the target due to the introduction of multi-channel gunner’s sight “Sosna-U”, developed in Belarus, digital ballistic computer with a set of sensors of the weather conditions, and the automatic tracking of targets. Only the Russian army is 1 thousand 900 T-72, still 7 thousand is in reserve.
The latest Russian tank T-14 “Armata” is equipped with a 125 mm smoothbore gun 2A82-1C, installed in an uninhabited tower, with a fully digital remote control.
The range of objectives up to 7 thousand meters, rate of fire of 10-12 rounds per minute. For comparison, the American tank M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams can hit targets at a distance of 3.8 km.
This tank is technologically more advanced than any Russian or Western, but the price of its production is very high. So Business Insider doubts that Russia will be able to soon afford mass production of the T-14 “Armata”.