Sunday, September 24, 2017

Russia's T-14 Tank Can Outshoot America's by Miles

Russia's next-generation main battle tank can fire an anti-tank missile at targets more than seven miles away. That gives the T-14 Armata tank, set to begin testing with the Russian Army in 2019, nearly twice the range of the America's latest version of the venerable Abrams, the M1A2 SEP V3. Whether this extended range is all the useful is another matter.

The T-14 is a formidable-looking beast. Armed with a new 125-millimeter main gun, an unmanned turret, modular armor, and an active protection system designed to shoot down incoming missiles, the vehicle has caused a stir within NATO's tank community. One particularly dangerous feature is the Armata's ability to destroy targets at ranges of up to 12 kilometers, or 7.4 miles.

Armata will initially be armed with an improved version of the Reflecks, the 9M119M1. But a new missile called the 3UBK21 Sprinter is planned, and it's the one with the 7-plus-mile range. Armor penetration is unknown but will likely be at least the equivalent of Reflecks.

By contrast the American M1 Abrams' M256 120-millimeter smoothbore gun has a maximum effective range between 3 km (1.86 miles) and 4 km (2.48 miles). In military parlance, the Armata could very well "out-stick" the M1 by a factor of three, comfortably destroying American tanks before the latter can get within engagement range.
Russia's T-14 Tank Can Outshoot America's by Miles Rating: 4.5 Posted by: Minato Namikaze