08 May 2015

New Russian Tank, Designed to Outclass Anything in Nato’s Arsenal, Breaks Down During Victory Day Parade Rehearsal

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After Ilya Repin, Бурлаки на Волге [Barge-Haulers on the Volga], 1873, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg.

The Telegraph reports on Mr. Putin’s embarrassing failure.

A new Russian tank announced with much fanfare as superior to Western machines stalled during a dress rehearsal for Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on Thursday.

The T-14 Armata, making only its second public appearance, ground to a halt on Red Square, opposite Vladimir Lenin’s mausoleum.

Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defence minster, was reportedly forced to approach the tank to find out what had happened; servicemen then tried to hook it up to another military vehicle and tow it away. …

The stalled tank – which was stationary for about 15 minutes – was an embarrassment for the military. Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy prime minister in charge of defence, called the T-14 “a beauty” earlier this week, and Russian experts have been lauding its superiority to Western rivals such as the US Abrams and British Challenger.

The T-14 Armata is to be the main battle tank of Russia’s ground forces, and 2,300 are expected to be produced for the army by 2020. It has a remotely-controlled turret with an automatic weapons loading system and an armoured capsule for the three-man crew.

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The game paper, rock, scissors came to mind. Many years ago while in the military I had the experience of watching how an A10 Warthog can target and take out two tanks at a time. In about 10-15 seconds flying a kind of figure 8 pattern the A10 alternately shot at each tank and destroyed them both. The tank of course has no defense against an A10. It would require either air power or anti-aircraft missiles to stop the A10. Now there are numerous weapons that will target and destroy tanks. Tanks may indeed be necessary in the next war and they may win some battles but I would not want to be in a tank during a battle. At least in paper/rock/scissors you have a chance.

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