US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — After the intervention of the Russian military in the situation in Syria, it turned into a testing ground for testing new weapons of the Russian defense industry. In 2018 and 2019, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation sent prototypes of the Su-57 fighter to Syria for testing on the battlefield.
In addition to the Su-57 fighter, new weapons, such as Caliber cruise missiles, X-59MK2 Ovod air-to-surface missiles, S-400 air defense missiles, and Krasukha-4 electronic warfare systems, were also made their first military operations on the Syrian battlefield or passed the first tests on the battlefield.
Recently, news appeared in Russia that the newest Russian main battle tank T-14 on the basis of Armata also completed combat tests in Syria.
On April 19, a photo (given in the original article – approx. Ed.) Of the T-14 Russian main battle tank on the basis of Armata, located on one of the streets of Syria, began to spread on social networks . In this photo, the T-14 is painted in modern camouflage, and two Syrian tankers are standing on the tank tower.
A female soldier leans on a caterpillar, she is also dressed in camouflage uniforms, a helmet is put on her head, and she holds a universal PKM machine gun in her hands. The number of people in the photo coincides with the full crew of the main battle tank T-14.
Soon after the photo was published, Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov publicly stated in an interview with Russian media that the T-14 Armata main battle tank had undergone comprehensive combat tests in Syria, as evidenced by photographs of the Syrian T-14 main battle tank circulating on the Internet.
The T-14 Armata was previously openly demonstrated on Red Square in Moscow, but so far this model of a battle tank has been tested, and serial production and transfer of tanks for use by the Russian ground operational military units have not yet been carried out. Currently, all presented T-14s are test samples, and, according to Denis Manturov, mass production of the main battle tanks T-14 will begin no earlier than 2021, before the official transfer to mass production T-14 will still undergo various tests in training -testing units of the Russian army.
The main battle tank T-14 Armata is considered a model of the fourth generation main battle tank. In this model of the tank, many revolutionary innovative developments were implemented, including a modular track design, an unmanned remote control tower, a millimeter-wave radar station, a design with low sensitivity to detection and an advanced active defense system. All this can significantly improve the survival ability of the tank crew on the battlefield.
At the same time, the T-14 is significantly superior to the improved Russian main battle tank T-90 in terms of maneuverability, security and firepower. The Russian Ministry of Defense plans to purchase more than 2 thousand main battle tanks of this type for the Russian army.
This time, the Armata T-14 main battle tank appeared in Syria to undergo real combat tests, which, firstly, show that a series of tests for this model of the main battle tank is nearing completion, and it is about to become official active part of Russian weapons.
Secondly, the most modern main battle tank of the Russian army appeared on the Syrian battlefield, which in itself became a deterrent signal for Turkey. This year, Turkey continued to carry out military operations in Idlib province and refused to withdraw troops, which became a major headache for Russia.
Despite the fact that the Russian army will not be able to deliver a large number of T-14 tanks to Syria in a short time, the very presence of this model on the Syrian battlefield fully proves the effectiveness of the main T-14 battle tank. The gap between the main battle tanks T-14 and M60 is visible to the naked eye. And if Turkey still does not give up the idea of a long-term occupation of Idlib, in the future it is likely that it will face the Russian T-14.
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