The National Interest (USA): fire! Russian tank T-14 has already been tested in Syria

Speaking on Sunday on the Russian TV channel, Minister of industry and trade of Russia Denis Manturov said that the newest and perhaps the most capable Russian tank was field tested in Syria. “Yes, absolutely. They [the tanks “Armata”] was in Syria, he said on air of the Russian TV channel “Russia-1″”. “In combat, in Syria, as you know, that’s the kind of test, so we took into account all the nuances,” he was quoted by news Agency TASS.

This is perhaps the first trial run of a combat platform, which, despite some earlier problems, is probably one of the most capable tanks (at least on paper) available to any country. It was first presented to the public the ninth of may 2015 during the annual Victory parade on red square, held to commemorate the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in world war II.

The news Agency TASS also reported that T-14 will eventually go into series production in 2021. “She [Armada] expensive because the cycle of additional tests, modernization, because the Ministry of defence has ordered additional solutions before stepping into mass production next year in the framework of the contract that was signed,” — said Manturov.

Platform T-14 have been delayed before. Earlier, the Russian manufacturer of the T-14, “Uralvagonzavod”, the date of the beginning of serial production of the T-14 was called 2020, and it seems that this date was postponed.

Well, if everything will work

As I explained earlier, the T-14 is characterized by its body armor (as a complex of active protection and reactive armour), as well as its suspension. If you believe the reports, the T-14 may be one of the fastest tanks in the world.

In severe situations, the tank can “boost” your engine and to develop the capacity of 1500 horsepower to an unheard of 2,000 horsepower, although this creates its own problems. After the “boost” significantly reduced the longevity of the engine.


In some cases, sales abroad of technically advanced platforms such as the F-22 Raptor or tank M60A2, is prohibited. Apparently, the tank T-14 is not the case.

Manturov quite unexpectedly said that several overseas buyers had expressed interest in acquiring platform T-14. “Next year, after we start shipping already commercially available machines to the Ministry of defense in obtaining a passport export image, we will start working with foreign customers”, — he said. However, in the end, speaking about the orders, he made a rather ambiguous statement: “Previously, given the fact that we can’t provide all the documentation to our foreign customers — pre-is”.

Well, let’s see.

Some questions remain about what was actually done to a T-14 in Syria. It is possible that the T-14 in Syria did nothing, and just stood there, gathering dust — although it is hard to say. Perhaps in the future there will be more information and find out.