Well. for me it looks like Armata pretty much was designed by Amateurs ,with zero experience
in aesthetics.. when it comes to visual look of the armored vehicles.. with the exception of
boomeran and koalition.. T-15 and T-14.. if it was a contest of exterior design.. will get
a score of 4 of 10. that is not horrible but very amateurish. Specially the T-15.. that you don't know whether the vehicle is finished or if it is missing parts.
I quite like the Armata MBT as far as looks go...but I like the looks of T-90M better, the welded turret...clean lines..
Designed by amateurs? Dont think so, when talking about amaterurs designing tank....first thing that comes to mind is Leopard series. basically the engine installation. Germans are known for their automotive industry, but tanks need different solutions not a V-12 stuffed in the engine bay like your beemer or merc and on top of it two massive air filters. Its the worst of designs for a tank! That whole thing called as the power pack is the single factor that contributed to the design need of a 7th wheel and hence a longer hull and weight associated with that extra volume.
there is also serious design issues in armata ..that pose a major danger to soldiers lives outside.. for example the barbeque grill protecting the air vents on the sides of T-14.. are too far from the tank, If the tank moves , while soldiers are very near the tank.. they will get impaled or dismembered an arm by the grill. if that is the final version of Armata t-14 then definitively is a really bad design.. and t-15 looks like they just slapped covers on the sides to make it look like weird plane. i really don't understand what the were thinking with such
protection placed that way.. covers only half .
First thing to note is that when tank and soldiers are moving together the speed of tank is too low and the soldiers mainly take the rear end cover or side cover. So the chance of the grills dragging a soldier is negligible. Other case is of the tank in real motion in which soldiers wont be near to it and the chances of a soldier getting injured or killed by a tank hit is even greater.
Anyway disappointed with the designers of Armata ,looks like their first tank .. or maybe the final version of the tank will be much different its design.. it doesn't look like anything we saw on the first page..models in plastic, that looked very modern and futuristic.
T-14 looks totally different to the plastic models they had in display for generals.
Something that really looked like a future tank..
any case im sure the tank protection will be best in the world.. and this is what really matters
in the end..
Installation of additional ERA/NERA will change the looks and the front might look closer to that model. Consider the plain T-72 to that of UVZ upgrade and you will see the difference on the glacis.