The T-90M is only barley adequate for the western European front for now
The T-90M is better than they need on the European front... there are no better leopards or leclercs or abrams or challengers... most western tanks don't have any ERA or APS or even guided missiles.
And how many tanks will there even be on the European front... give it 5 years and the British wont have any...
It will need some serious upgrades if they intend to use it as a frontline tank for any longer than it takes for the Armatas to reach the troops.
Like what? Everything is good enough already... which is why they are taking the time to get the Armata right.
It will never hold as much pressure as a barrel that is made up of one solid uninterrupted piece of steel.
That is true, but deployed operational ammo can never exceed actual practical limits of the barrel anyway otherwise things like a wet barrel or damp ammo can increase pressures beyond safe levels and kill crews when the guns explode.
Judging by the Leopard 2's poor showing in Syria its looking more like it is the Europeans who are going to need serious upgrades of their armor fleet instead.
And Abrams are no longer invincible... there are no super tanks that are perfect... the upgraded T-90M actually stacks up rather well against the best from any and every country... except the T-14 from Russia...
The only things a T-90 would have over it in such a situation are the low mounted ammunition carousel and the laser warning receivers.
Gun tube guided missiles, and price... and not needing to be kept in air conditioned tents for them to keep working when it gets cold...
The Combat Approved show on the T-90M showed shots fired at stationary targets at 5km range and all the rounds fired including APFSDS and HEAT and guided missiles hit within about 1m of centre of mass.... from 5km. The missile was fired while the vehicle was on the move.
Now we have been hearing that western tanks can do that all day for years, but the thing is that real targets never remain still and hitting a moving target is much harder at long range because you are guessing where the target will be when your round arrives. If it is driving at a steady speed along a nice flat road your estimate should be pretty good, but bouncing across country with random changes in speed as it overcomes lumps and bumps in the terrain getting a hit becomes very very hard with an unguided round like an APFSDS round... even though it is very fast there is no leeway so either hit or miss.
With a guided missile the chances of a hit are much much better... and after that hit if a follow up shot is needed then a damaged target would be less able to move than an undamaged one.
Russian night optics are now state of the art... and their communications and battle management kit is excellent too...