'Meter of armor': Armata’s next supreme 152mm gun to sport super-piercing shell
Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin told Izvestia newspaper that next-stage Armata tanks will be supplied with already-developed big bore cannon and brand new projectiles.
“We’ve got a new projectile for this tank than can burn through a meter of steel, we would arm Armata with that one,” Rogozin said.
— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) May 13, 2015
When the Armata (T-14) tank gets this 152mm gun, it will be the most powerful cannon to be mounted on a main battle tank of any country ever.
The unmanned remote-controlled turrets of T-14 tanks that rolled on the Red Square in Moscow on Victory Day, May 9, were armed with a brand new 125mm 2A82-1M smoothbore cannon with improved accuracy and angular dispersion.
This cannon’s muzzle energy is reportedly greater than the world’s previously considered best tank cannon: the German Leopard-2 Rheinmetall 120mm gun.
Speaking at the meeting dedicated to development of the Russia’s armed forces, President Vladimir Putin ordered that test operations of the recently-paraded new military hardware and the attainment of industrial-level production be completed “in the shortest time possible.”
In March, when even the appearance of Armata tank remained a mystery, PM Rogozin said that this classified development of Russian engineers “is a true breakthrough in tank construction.”
“No European country or the US has anything similar. This is a combat vehicle of the 21st century,” Rogozin said.