Russian forces lost first T-90M heavy tank in Ukraine

With the exception of the T-14 Armata which is currently not in operational staffing in the Russian armies, the T-90M Proryv-3 (Breakthrough-3) is unquestionably the most modern tank, the best armed and the best protected in service with Russian units. However, the tank presented as a T-90 incorporating many elements from the T-14 Armata, in particular the 125 mm 2А82-1М gun and the Kalina fire control system, was only engaged in Ukraine at the end of April 2022. Although entering service in 2019, the T-90M is indeed a rare commodity within the Russian armed forces,…

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Faced with Europeans, the Russian Army in 2030 will be much more powerful than today

The present Russian-Ukrainian crisis, whatever its conclusion, will have enabled Moscow to make an extraordinary show of force in Europe, to the point that no European country, even those closest to kyiv, plans to engage militarily alongside the Ukrainian armies in case of conflict. And it is clear that these Russian armies have succeeded in mobilizing, moving and assembling around a hundred combined arms tactical battalions, the Russian equivalent of the French inter-arms tactical groups, i.e. 65% of its land operational force, and this between the of November and the beginning of February. For comparison, the Army of…

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Abrams, Challenger 3, Armata…: What are modern battle tanks worth? 2/3

After their planned disappearance was almost announced with the appearance of new weapon systems, the tank is once again becoming a key marker of the military power of an armed force, and this in all theaters. This article is the second of a series of 3 intended to present the main models of modern tanks which equip or will equip the armed forces in the world. A first article presented the German Leopard 2, the Chinese Type 99A, the Israeli Merkava Mk IV and the French Leclerc. This one features the American M1A2C Abrams, the British Challenger 3 and the Russian T-90M and T-14 Armata. A final article will present…

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Serial production of Russian T-14 Armata tank set to start in 2022

Since the first official presentation of the new Russian combat 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 been announced many times, and many times postponed until "next year". And even if the initial announcement to have 2000 T-14s in 2020 attributed to Sergei Shoighou, Vladimir Putin's Defense Minister and now expected to be the latter's designated heir apparent, was above all linked to a misunderstanding of his words, since he was talking about...

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Drones, Artificial Intelligence, digitization: Russia is also at the forefront of new defense technologies

In recent years, the American armed forces have undertaken a profound transformation in order to integrate new technologies such as the massive use of drones, the digitization of the battlefield and cooperative engagement, and to attempt to regain the military ascendancy over its potential adversaries, and in particular on China, which now occupies most of the attention of Pentagon strategists. The announced objective is to compensate for the numerical advantage linked to the omnipotence of the PLA and the probable proximity to Chinese soil in a hypothetical engagement against Chinese forces in the Western Pacific, and in particular around Taiwan. A report published by the American Center for Naval Analysis, recalls that…

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The T14 Armata will be delivered one year late… Again!

Presented in 2015 during the parade celebrating the victory in the Great Patriotic War, the new generation heavy tank T14 Armata stunned many observers. It is true that no new modern battle tank had seen the light of day in Russia as in the West since the end of the cold war, and that many strategists then considered that the battle tank had become an obsolete tool in the face of the accuracy and range of modern anti-tank missiles. The wars in Donbass, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh have shown that this was not the case, and that if the tank was indeed…

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Can we change the paradigms of the modern battle tank?

Since the beginning of the 30s, the logic underlying the evolution of the combat tank has remained the same, namely thicker armor, a more powerful gun, and a more efficient engine to maintain the armor's mobility. This is how the 30 ton tanks like the T34 or the Panzer IV at the beginning of the Second World War, were transformed little by little into armored vehicles of more than 40 tons like the Panther and the M26 Pershing 2, and even beyond with the German Tigers of 57 tons. At the end of the Second World War, two schools appeared in the…

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Su-57, T14 Armata: Russian high-tech weapons arrive in the armed forces in 2021

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the vast majority of weapon systems delivered to the Russian armies, as well as to their export customers, have been based on equipment that was designed before 1990. This is the case in the field armored vehicles with the T90 tank, with aircraft derived from the Su-27 such as the Su-34 and the Su-35s, in the field of helicopters with the Mi28 and the Ka52, and in the naval field, with the 636 submarines Improved Kilo. However, Moscow did not abandon its ambitions to remain a major actor, both in the geostrategic and military field, and in that of arms exports. 2021 could well be a pivotal year…

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Su-57 and T-14 Armata are available for export, but the Russian Army has priority

Communication concerning the Russian Defense industry is often made up of repetitions and subtle updates, allowing information to be recycled or giving it volume. This was the case during the Army 2020 show, during which the Russian authorities officially announced that the new Su-57 combat aircraft and the T-14 Armata combat tank were both now offered for export to customers. of the Russian defense industry, even if discussions have already been initiated with certain partners concerning these two materials. On the other hand, whether it is the new armored vehicle or the 5th generation stealth aircraft, Moscow has clearly…

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Russia prepares T-14 Armata replacement for 2040

After the failures of the Russian T80 tanks which entered Grozny in 1994 during the first Chechen war, and that of the American Abrams engaged against the Iraqi guerrillas, many experts predicted the imminent end of the Combat Tank concept, a heavily armored armed and protected intended to break the enemy lines as much by its firepower as by its psychological impact. According to them, the progress made by anti-tank weapons and the vectors that use them condemn the effectiveness of these weapon systems, in favor of much more mobile armored vehicles and air-land means. Obviously, the Russian General Staff does not share...

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