Russia’s latest military weapon, the T-14 Armata, has been deployed in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin’s forces.
The tank is equipped with high-tech gear, an unmanned turret, and added protection on its sides. Its weapons are controlled remotely from an armored capsule at the front of the hull.
Though Russian forces have used the tank to fire on Ukrainian positions, they have yet to use it in a direct assault operation.
The T-14’s impressive features include a top speed of 50 mph and a cloaking device that is supposedly buried deep behind a shield in the heavily armored body. This cloaking device can disrupt the infrared signature that would reveal the tank’s location to enemy forces.
Despite its impressive features, the T-14 has faced several setbacks. It was unveiled by Putin during the Victory Day parade in Moscow in 2015, but it broke down during its first outing, leading to an embarrassing recovery effort.
The British military has criticized the T-14, calling it “untrustworthy.” Furthermore, Russian forces were initially hesitant to accept the tanks due to their poor condition. Production has also been plagued with delays, and the fleet size has been reduced.
Russia has reportedly ordered 2,300 of these tanks to be manufactured by 2025, but the British military believes that the deployment of the T-14 would be a high-risk decision for Russia, mostly taken for propaganda purposes.
In contrast, NATO has already equipped the Ukrainian army with dozens of state-of-the-art battle tanks, which could soon face the T-14.
As Ukraine prepares for a counterattack against Russian troops, the T-14 Armata remains a significant concern. Despite the cloaking device that makes it difficult to detect, the tank’s overall effectiveness in combat remains to be seen.