Russia to reveal newest Armata tanks in 2015   2014-11-18 22:52:44

MOSCOW, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Russian armed forces will receive a batch of the newest Armata main battle tanks in early 2015, a military official said Tuesday.

"Delivery of the new-generation Armata tank is to start after the New Year," Oleg Bochkaryov, deputy chairman of the military-industrial commission's board, told reporters.

"You will see them on the Red Square on May 9," Tass news agency quoted him as saying, referring to the Victory Day parade commemorating the end of World War II.

The official added that 24 of these tanks, which are classified into two types, will participate in the parade.

In September 2013, the prototypes of Armata, technically described as heavy unified battlefield platforms, were demonstrated at the Ninth Russia Arms Expo show in the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil.

Armata carries a turret remotely controlled by a crew placed in a separate compartment, which designers have said would eventually lead to the creation of a fully unmanned tank.

Earlier this month, Vyacheslav Khalitov, deputy general director of the tank's designing corporation Uralvagonzavod, said Armata's combat ability would be four times higher than the T-72B, the Russian armed forces' main battle tank.

Armata, a top secret project in Russia, was expected to be put into mass production tentatively in 2015. The Defense Ministry plans to receive 2,300 Armata tanks by 2020, thus modernizing 70 percent of the Russian tank fleet.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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