Serial deliveries of "Armata" will begin in 2022
Andrey Terlikov, General Director - Chief Designer of the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Engineering, said that they intend to reduce the cost of the tank in the course of its serial production.
ABU DHABI, February 21. / TASS /. Serial deliveries of T-14 Armata main battle tanks to the Russian Defense Ministry will begin in 2022. Andrey Terlikov, General Director and Chief Designer of the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Engineering (UKBTM, part of the Uralvagonzavod concern (UVZ) of the Rostec state corporation), told reporters at the IDEX-2021 international arms exhibition.
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"From 2022, we will enter stable serial deliveries of these machines," Terlikov informed.
According to him, UVZ has already signed serial supply contracts with the RF Ministry of Defense. "State tests of the" Armata "are underway, we expect their completion within the next year or two. By the end of 2021, under one of the contracts, it is planned to supply an initial batch of cars," Terlikov said.
The pilot batch of the T-14 Armata main battle tanks will be equipped with the latest ammunition. "The development of a new ammunition for the" Armata "is engaged in the enterprises of Rosatom - the scientific elite, a serious resource is involved. It is synchronized with the development of the tank, during the state tests we docked and coordinated it. The pilot batch of" Armata "will go with this ammunition," Terlikov said.
"Armata was created in order to ensure superiority over the best analogs. We keep the bar at the required height. We are not going to surrender positions," he added.
Terlikov said that UVZ intends to reduce the "Armata" cost in the course of its serial production.
"Even today, according to <...> contracts <...> between UVZ and the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the figures are adequate. There will be a counter movement here: we will work out the technology, reduce labor intensity, increase manufacturability and, taking into account the deflator for new contracts, we will agree on a price that will suit both sides, "Terlikov informed.
According to him, "it is too early to say unequivocally that this is a mass car."
The general director added that the real cost of the tank will be determined in the third year of serial production. "Then the development of technologies for the manufacture of the final sample, the manufacture of components will be completed," Terlikov explained.
Terlikov said that the "Armata" cannon has a significant superiority over the armament of tanks of other countries.
"The gun on the Armata is new, this is its main distinguishing feature. The whole vehicle is built around the" cannon-projectile "system. The tank has superior weapons power. The muzzle energy of the gun is higher than that of our [foreign] colleagues," Terlikov informed.
According to him, a wide range of ammunition has been developed for the "Armata" cannon. "This is a new ammunition load, including a range of ammunition - armor-piercing subcaliber, caliber, high-explosive fragmentation with remote detonation. Due to weapons, we count on a significant advantage," added Terlikov.
The first foreign demonstration of the T-14 "Armata" tank is taking place at the IDEX 2021 international arms exhibition.