T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank book
In T-14 Armata Main Battle, Russian armour guru James Kinnear looks at Russia’s revolutionary new T-14 tank. Packed with 150 full-colour photos over 80 landscape pages, this is a must-have reference for modern armour modellers and covers the T-14’s design and development and features full walk-around photographic coverage. The perfect companion if you are building Takom or Zvezda kits!
The T-14 ‘Armata’ Main Battle Tank (MBT) made its public debut in May 2015, during renewed tensions between Russia, the United States, and its NATO allies. The T-14 ‘Armata’ appearance was for Western observers as much a revelation as the IS-3 heavy tank that made a shock appearance in the Victory Parade in Berlin in September 1945. After years of making do with updating Soviet-era tanks, the T-14 ‘Armata’ is the first genuinely new post-Soviet Russian design.
The T-14 is technically sophisticated, with a fully automated turret devoid of a crew as one of many new design features. However, the tank is however expensive to build and maintain compared to the T-90 and T-72B3 MBT types and requires significant crew training compared with other tank types.
The ‘Armata’ is a showpiece of military engineering, but the upgrade of earlier T-72, T-80 and T-90 tanks is now being pursued in parallel as a more cost-effective solution for everyday needs. Whether the development of T-14 ‘Armata’ will become a series, albeit a limited production tank, or remain a technical showpiece has yet to be seen, but there is no doubt that it has made the impression it was intended to
Author: James Kinnear
Photos: 150 colour photos
Physical: Softcover, 280x210mm, landscape
Origins and Early Development
Soviet Origins – Kharkov (Kharkiv) KhMDB Design Bureau projects
Leningrad – KB-3 / SKB-3 / OKBT Spetsmash Design Bureau projects
Omsk – OKBTM Design Bureau projects
Chelyabinsk – KB Ch1Z Design Bureau projects
Nizhny Tagil – UKBTM Design Bureau projects
- T-14 ARMATA DESCRIPTION
Running Gear & Side Skirts
- REHEARSALS & RED SQUARE PARADES
About the Author
James Kinnear was born in the UK in 1959. James researched Russian military hardware following his first visit to the Soviet Union in 1973. Since then, he has written hundreds of articles on Soviet and Russian military technology. A Russian speaker, he has studied the subject from within the military-intelligence community and as a civilian author.