Skip to comments.Russia Plans to Field the T-99, a Radically New Main Battle Tank by 2015
Posted on 05/04/2013 2:22:16 PM PDT by robowombat
Russia Plans to Field the T-99, a Radically New Main Battle Tank by 2015 Posted by Tamir Eshel
An artist concept view of the new Russian tank. The Russian Army is planning to begin modernize its armored and mechanized forces beginning in 2015, fielding a new family of vehicles comprising a new main battle tank, armored infantry fighting vehicles, and various support platforms. The MBT will be based on the new Armata, the prototype is scheduled to enter field trials in 2013, about 10 months ahead of schedule. First Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Sukhorukov said. The new tank is under development at Uralvagonzavod in Omsk. The first deliveries of the tank to the Russian Armed Forces are scheduled for 2015. A total of 2,300 MBTs are expected to be supplied by 2020.
It should be remembered that the Russians are building their fighting forces not only against NATO, but more importantly, to protect their long southern borders with radical Islamic countries that may be gathering military power, and the growing dominance of China in the east. Armored and mechanized forces are key to maintaining military superiority or parity against such threats. The level of sophistication in meeting such threats is not as demanding as meeting the advanced technology fielded by US and NATO forces.
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According to preliminary reports, the new tank designated T-99 will be less radical and ambitious than the failed Object 195 or T-95, it will weigh less, therefore, become more agile and will be more affordable, compared to its more ambitious predecessors.
The Russian industry is also developing the Boomerang family of 8×8 wheeled armored vehicles which will gradually replace the current BTR-90. Additionally, the Kurganets-25 tracked armored vehicle provides high degree of commonality with the new Armata tank. The Kurganets-25 will evolve into various models, gradually replacing BMP and BMD and MT-LB and other types of tracked armored platforms.
What? No flash suppressor on that gun?
Too tall and too heavy. The most vulnerable part is now the logistics train that must follow it. The tankers can be taken out by RPV’s and by 2015 even insurgents will have RPV’s.
With the advent of drone technology I cannot see funding Tank construction! Takns at this point and time would only be good for control after battle. Air power is superior and unmanned at that! Actually all land based weapons and manpower are pointless with Nuke tech!
1 million soldiers die as well as 5 whit the right deployment.
7.62x51 Full length barrel silencer. whoa!
Please deploy spell check in the future!!!
The twin tracks are outdated. You can have 4 half-tracks spaced apart like wheels on a car instead...and then if one tread is blown off the tank still moves on the other 3.
Not so if you lose a tread on a twin tracked tank.
I’ll take two!
You seem to be in “internet” mode where all conflicts are solved by pushing the nuclear button.
Reality is over here, instead. Just saying...
Tanks still have their places on the battlefield. Lots of small arms fire is out there.
Plus, as more lasers like Israel’s Iron Dome are deployed, you’ll start to see anti-RPG lasers on tanks...which have the energy source on-board to run lasers and they don’t care about an extra 100 pounds for the lasers.
Eventually the lasers will have the range to take out aerial drones, too.
If you look around, you might even see a battlefield laser deployed on a Destroyer at sea.
...kinda lets ya know where things are headin’
I guess it would depend on who deployed their laser first!
I am sure the TECh has also developed into an umbrella type laser that can kill advancing troops as well!
What you did not gleen from my statement is there will be no battlefield it will be obliterated from the outset!
Tech has surpassed Tracks! Nuke tech will be concised to a kill zone!
Maybe Big Sis will get some to go with the MRAPs for DHS.
Better for us Russia concentrate on developing power projection over land rather than sea. I don’t think these are intended for Europe.
Who? The 'Stans? The five countries which used to be Soviet Central Asia wouldn't challenge Russia on a dare. They're all still trying to figure out what they did wrong to wind up independent.
It’s not so much drones that make it obsolete as it is that it won’t be long until they have unmanned tanks. The humans are surplusage, for the most part. You need a really heavy tank to protect soldiers, and that means it eats a lot of fuel. A remote vehicle needs less armor, less internal space, and could therefore be designed so as to save a lot of fuel.
You are going to protect soldiers from laser and arial attack with a Tank!
The ground war is obselete! No need for troops when the city and battleground is decimated and non existant!
As the General in this war there will be nothing left but scorched earth!
No puppies to bring home total oberliteration!
And you still need a Tank!
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