Since the first official presentation of the new Russian main battle tank, the T-14 Armata, during the parade marking the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War on May 9, 2015, the arrival of the new tank in the Russian units has many times been announced, and many times postponed to "next year". And even if the initial announcement of having 2000 T-14s in 2020 attributed to Sergei Shoïghou, Vladimir Putin's Defense Minister and now tipped to be the latter's designated dolphin, was above all linked to a misunderstanding of his words, since he was talking about 2000 modern battle tanks, including the modernized versions of the T-72, T80 and T-90, it is nonetheless true that the Armata program has aligned false starts these last years.
This time it's the Minister of Industry Denis Manturov who, interviewed by the Tass State News Agency, announced that the series production of the T-14 would start well in 2022, which supposes the entry into service of the armored vehicle in the Russian units the same year. But unlike previous announcements, this one may well prove to be correct, since now Moscow and Uralvagonzavod, the manufacturer of the Armata family, have indeed solved many problems that hampered its launch and series production, both from the point of view from a budgetary point of view and from a technical and technological point of view. It must be said that in many aspects, the T-14 is proving to be a revolution for the Russian armies, and that its entry into service under good conditions could only be done once a certain number of criteria had been met.
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