Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
RUB350 million (USD$5.7 million)
Uralvagonzavod production association
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Description: The Armata is a new family of tracked heavy armored vehicles being developed for the Russian Armed Forces by Uralvagonzavod Research and Production Corporation since 2010. The original aim of the Armata program was to develop a new generation main battle tank (MBT). The Russian Army concerns about the quality of the T-90 tanks and its intended successors the Black Eagle and T-95 prototypes led to the cancellation of the T-95 and prevented any more T-90A orders from the Russian Army. The Armata is a new design aimed at fixing the low quality concerns of Russian-made MBTs. The Russian Army also aimed the new program at delivering an entire family of tracked heavy armored vehicles. The Armata family propulsion system consists of a 1,500-hp diesel engine with a fully mechanized electric transmission with maintenance and repair schedules extended compared with existing heavy armored vehicle's propulsion systems. Between 2010 and 2015 the vehicle's main components were tested by the Uralvagonzavod and the military leading to the production of 20 prototypes in 2015 for troop's evaluation. The Armata family is expected to be ready for mass production by 2017 entering into active duty with the Russian Army soon after. The Armata heavy armored vehicle family are expected to be unveiled during the Victory Day Parade on Red Square, May 9, 2015 in Moscow.
The Gorets-O, 'Mountaineer' in English, is a new engineering vehicle family being developed for the Russian Army featuring amphibious capability, machine guns, electronic countermeasures (ECM) and GLONASS-based navigation system. The Gorets tracked vehicles will be able to operate for at least three hours with temperatures ranging from -40- to +40-degree Celsius. The vehicle's maximum range is 600 kilometers without refueling. The primary use of the new engineering vehicles is to move earth on the battlefield under hostile fire. It will be deployed in advance of T-14 and T-15 heavy armored vehicles breaching obstacles such as stones and tree entanglements as well as bridging ditches and ploughing minefields. The Gorets-O vehicles will be equipped with ditching scoop and backhoe, a hydraulic hammer, winches and a crane. The crew compartment accommodates a commander and a driver while the engineering compartment may seat at least two combat engineers.
The Russian Army expects to carry out the first fields tests of the next-generation engineering vehicles in 2017. The Gorets development is estimated at 350 million Rubles. The Gorets-O vehicles are the replacement for the Soviet-era IMR-2 and IMR-3 breaching vehicles as well as the BAT-M and BAT-2 bulldozers.
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