Since 2015 and the first force deployments in Syria, the Russian armies have deployed many equipments under development and prototypes on this theater, to assess their behavior in war zones. This was sometimes successful, as in the case of the Terminator 2 infantry engagement armor vehicle, or the Kalibr cruise missiles. Sometimes, the results were very disappointing, as in the case of the Uran ground combat robot, leading to deep modifications of the system to overcome the numerous failures noted. T-50 prototypes of the PAK-FA program of the future new generation combat aircraft Su-57 have been deployed to the Hmeimim Air base at least twice. According to the Russian Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, this was also the case for the new generation T-14 Armata heavy battle tank , called to become the main battle tank of the Russian forces in the years to come.
Presented for the first time to the public during the parade on May 9th, 2015 for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the T14 Armata is a new generation heavy tank, the first of its kind, and the only one up to today. With a mass of 55 tonnes for a length of 10.8 m and a height of 3.3 meters, it is heavier and more imposing than the previous models in service in the Russian forces like the T72B3 (45 tonnes), the T80B (46 tonnes) or T90A (48 tonnes) , approaching formats in service in Western forces such as the French Leclerc (55 tonnes) or the German Leopard 2 (58 tonnes). This mass increase is the consequence of an entirely redesigned armored vehicle, having only a very distant parentage with the previous Russian models.
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