Russia tested T14 Armata heavy tank in Syria

Since 2015 and the first deployments of forces in Syria, the Russian armies have deployed numerous materials under development and prototypes in this theater, to assess their behavior in a war zone. This was sometimes successful, as in the case of the Terminator 2 armored infantry engagement, or the Kalibr cruise missiles. Sometimes, the results were very disappointing, as in the case of the ground combat robot Uran, leading to profound modifications of the system to overcome the many failures observed. T-50 prototypes of the PAK-FA program of the future Su-57 next-generation combat aircraft have been deployed on…

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Are European defense programs in the right technological tempo?

While the 3 major world military powers, the United States, China and Russia, seem to have entered a new technological arms race, European industries remain engaged in programs whose timetable seems out of step with the tempo technology given by these superpowers. However, if counter-programming can be an effective tool for conquering the market, it can also turn out to have very damaging consequences in certain circumstances, for the very survival of the European defense industry. So how can we analyze the European strategy, its origins and its foreseeable effects in the medium and long term? European programs out of time Since…

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Russia to field force of 900 T14 and T90M tanks by 2027

During the official presentation of the new generation combat tank T14 Armata, on May 9, 2015 on the occasion of the military parade for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War against Nazism, the Russian authorities had announced that the national forces would field 2000 "modern" tanks by 2020. In a little game of the Arabic telephone, approximate translations added, this information was interpreted in the West as the ambition to field 2000 of these new generation tanks at the end of the decade, which however seemed irrelevant with regard to the programming law…

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New-generation Russian armored vehicles enter service with 2020

After the war in Afghanistan, the first Gulf war, and the war in Chechnya, Russian tanks had lost much of their prestige on the international military scene. Aware of the limits of existing models, the country's authorities began, from the 2010s, the design of a new generation of armored vehicles to regain the upper hand over Western production, as did post-war Russian armored vehicles. and during the first half of the Cold War. What is this new equipment, and what can we say about it in the state of our knowledge? The T-14 Armata Heir battle tank…

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When the Russian Defense Minister takes stock of his action

The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigou, presented, during a speech to the Defense Committee of the lower house of the Duma, an assessment of the developments undertaken and effective in the Russian armies since 2012, i.e. at the time of taking office. And this assessment is positive to say the least, not to say flattering. Thus, while in 2012, the Russian combat forces were limited to 16 brigades, themselves often partially staffed, it now has 136 battalions out of 200 made up of military personnel under contract, i.e. more than 65 brigades and regiments. During the same period, the armies will have perceived…

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T14 and T90M arrive in Russian forces

If the Russian forces massively perceived new combat tanks these last years, it was above all about T72B3M and T80BVM, as well as some T-90A. In 2019 and 2020, new heavy armor will join the Russian units. Thus, this year, 12 T14 Armata and 4 T16 tank wreckers will be delivered to the Russian army. These will be the first production units of the next-generation tank that made headlines when it was officially presented at the Victory Parade in 2015. The new tanks will be intended for evaluation by the military authorities, so as to plan the entrance to…

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Is Russia preparing for a major conflict?

The Swedish Defense Research Agency, or FOI, has published a detailed report studying the evolution of strategic exercises in Russia, to deduce the objectives and capabilities of the Russian armed forces. Several aspects are particularly noteworthy in this report. First of all, there has been a very significant increase in the format of the exercises in which the Russian forces are engaged. Thus, if in 2010, the exercises brought together 5 to 10.000 men, they now bring together between 100.000 and 150.000. The same is true for the Navy, increasing from 10 to 40 ships engaged per exercise, and the air forces, increasing from a few dozen to several hundred…

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New Soft-kill device to protect Russian armored vehicles from guided missiles

Russian industry would develop, according to the TASS agency, a new system of protection of armored vehicles against precision ammunition. It would be a laser and IR detection system to identify threats, coupled with a capsule launcher generating an aerosol cloud disturbing visible, infrared and electromagnetic light radiation. Russian armored vehicles like the T-14 Armata already have an Afganit active/passive protection system, combining countermeasures and threat-destroying projectiles. This new system, which will initially be mounted on the new 120 mm Lotos self-propelled gun intended for the airborne forces, is a lighter system, and probably much less...

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