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Tango0113 Jan 2018 8:26 p.m. PST

… T-14 Armata.

"Advanced networking technology with new, next-generation sights, sensors, targeting systems and digital networking are all key elements of an ongoing upgrade to position the platform to, if needed, successfully engage in combat against rapidly emerging threats, such as the prospect of confronting a Russian T-14 Armata or Chinese 3rd generation Type 99 tank.

"Right now we are at parity with near peer competitors, and a sight upgrade will give us operational overmatch," Lt. Col. Justin Shell, the Army's product manager for Abrams, said recently at the Association of the United States Army annual convention.


While, quite naturally, the range and particular technical capabilities of the US Army's emerging tank sights are not available for security reasons, several Russian news reports such as GRU Pycckoe (site here) report that the new Russian T-14 Armata's thermal targeting sights are able to discern tank-size targets during the daytime at ranges out to 5 kilometers. The same reports state the nighttime sights can reach 3.5 kilometers…"
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mandt2 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2018 1:19 p.m. PST

Any estimates of the Armata's great capabilities coming from the Russians is likely chest-pounding. If it's coming from the Pentagon it's likely a play for more funding.

All this new technology is wonderful until you throw some dirt on it. I might be wrong, but I believe that the Abrams has had more battlefield time than any other current generation tank in the world. I don't think the Armata has even fired a shot in anger.

Until Russia fields a sizable number of Armatas on a real battlefield for an extended period of time, there is no way to tell how well it will holdup.

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