Since 2015 and the first force deployments in Syria, the Russian armies have deployed many materials under development and prototypes in this theater, to assess its behavior in a war zone. Sometimes this was successful, as in the case of the Terminator 2 infantry engagement armored vehicle, or the Kalibr cruise missiles. Sometimes, the results were very disappointing, as in the case of the Uran ground combat robot, leading to profound modifications of the system to overcome the many failures observed. T-50 prototypes of the PAK-FA program of the future new generation Su-57 fighter aircraft have been deployed to the Hmeimim base twice. According to the Russian Minister of 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 to the public for the first time during the parade on May 9, 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 until today. With a mass of 55 tons for a length of 10,8 m and a height of 3,3 meters, it is heavier and more imposing than the models in service in the Russian forces such as the T72B3 (45 tons), the T80B (46 tonnes) or T90A (48 tonnes), approaching formats in service with Western forces such as the French Leclerc (55 tonnes) or the German Leopard 2 (58 tonnes). This regain of mass is the consequence of an entirely redesigned armored vehicle, having only a very distant affiliation with previous Russian models.
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