According to reports, a T-14 Armata tank was spotted on October 8 in the vicinity of the Luhansk hamlet of Midginskaya, a recently recognised Russian Federation area by the Russian President.
Analysts predict that the T-14 Armata’s excellent survivability, potent sensors, and mobility will make it a potent force on the battlefield even when just a small number of these tanks are deployed.
This is particularly true if the T-14 Armata is used to command other Russian armoured units, utilising its excellent situational awareness and active protection system to support its units. T-90 in huge size or T-72. It’s also likely that the T-14’s presence will have a psychological effect on both ally and enemy soldiers, which could signal a turning point in the current fight.
The question of T-14 deployment comes amid growing signs that Russia is preparing to intensify operations in the conflict zone with Ukraine, including through mass mobilization, rapid deployment more T-90 tanks and possibly opening a second land front through Belarus.
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The T-14 Armata can give great survivability against anti-missile missiles thanks to its frontal armour protection, which is equal to a thickness of rolled steel over 900mm, paired with Malachit explosive reactive armour and AFGHANIT active protection system. The Ukrainian army currently employs a sizable number of Javelin tanks.
The T-14 is better suited for command tasks due to the separate crew compartment’s substantially superior survivability.
Although the T-14’s Vacuum-1 armor-piercing stabilised tail-end shell-piercing ammunition (APFSDS) and ability to withstand hits from any known tank ammunition are important qualities for a potential clash, these capabilities may not be the T-14’s most prized feature due to Ukraine’s lack of advanced tanks.
First, it is anticipated that the T-14’s strong anti-infantry capabilities employing Telnik fragmentation rounds will be much more valued than those of the Vacuum since Ukraine relies on large infantry formations and outnumbers Russian forces by a wide margin.
The T-14 Armata can move at a speed of 75-80km/h both in forward and reverse mode, meaning that the chances of the tank being disabled or captured will be significantly lower. This is in contrast to the T-72 and T-90 tanks, which are said to have a reverse speed of only about 4km/h, forcing the crew to abandon the vehicle or reveal their rear armour when retreating.
Although it is still unclear if Russia will be able to produce more T-14s rapidly enough to make a significant contribution to the conflict in Ukraine, expanding T-14 deployment may take precedence. as they did with the T-90M, for Ukrainian military and their NATO allies seeking to purchase one for research.