The n Ministry of Defense today publicly presented the first members of the family of heavy armored vehicles – the main battle tank and armored infantry fighting vehicle. The two vehicles are designated to become the spearhead of the armored formations of the n Army – replacing the T-72, BMP-2 and MT-LB-based platforms. In -centered formations, these two combat vehicles will be augmented by additional variants that have not yet been unveiled, which could include a combat engineer and counter-mine vehicle (BREM), support platforms mounting automatic cannons, missiles (Terminator) and thermobaric rockets (TOS), self-propelled guns (Coalitzia), bridge layers (MTU), and armored recovery vehicles (ARV).
The 24 Armata platforms shown on the May 9th parade in Moscow are likely to be part of the early production series, some were especially prepared for the parade, according to a n MOD tender published in November 2014. Nevertheless, these models represent an innovative ‘clean sheet’ design of an armored vehicle. Although the two vehicles presented have different configurations they also have much in common, as their designers have used common subsystems to simplify training, improve field support and reduce life-cycle cost. These common elements include the suspension system, tracks, drivetrain, and some of the armor and active protection systems. Both vehicles use seven torsion bars with shock absorbers for the rubber-protected road wheels.
The optronics, however, are tailored specifically for each weapon system, and therefore differ considerably in each application. Seating arrangements are also similar, with two crew members seated side-by-side and a third in tandem with the driver in the , and with the commander, in the . According to some sources there are ‘dozens of cameras’ on the tank, providing full situational awareness around the tank and beyond, in day, night and under adverse weather conditions.