posted on May, 20 2005 @ 01:48 PM
Russian Defence Minister Marshal Igor Sergeyev has announced that a radically new main battle tank (MBT) designated the T-95 has been developed in
Russia. Sergeyev made his statement after a visit to the Uralvagonzavod plant in the Ural region where he inspected a T-95 prototype. Sergeyev's
reference to it as the T-95 suggests the possible fielding of the new MBT as T-series designations are given to operational vehicles. Pilot and
developmental vehicles are usually designated by the word obiekt (object) and a number.
The main feature of the T-95 is its radical configuration with the main armament in a small unmanned turret fed from a newly-designed automatic loader
located below the turret.
Seats for the driver, gunner and commander are in a special armoured capsule, separated by an armoured bulkhead from the automatic loader and turret.
This design allows the MBT's silhouette to be reduced, making it less observable on the battlefield and enhancing crew safety. Such a configuration
resolves a major dilemma concerning modern MBT design - combining adequate protection with mobility and transportability.
The T-95 MBT is armed with a 135mm gun which is believed to be of the smoothbore type and is fitted with a new fire control system (FCS). Target
information is provided via optical, thermal imaging and infra-red channels. The FCS also includes a laser range finder and possibly a radar. The
design relies heavily on the FCS as the crew cannot use traditional optical devices to observe the battlefield and aim the gun. The T-95 MBT is not
the sole domestic new-generation MBT. The "object 640" (named Black Eagle), developed at the Omsk-based Design Bureau of Transport Machine-building
was displayed at an arms exposition in Omsk, Siberia, in 1999.
The vehicle features a completely new chassis and turret. Its designers chose a simpler design with the automatic loader and some ammunition is placed
in a spacious bustle in the rear part of the manned turret.
KUBINKA (Moscow region) -- Russia is designing a new generation tank to make the core of a 21st century armor series, head of the Russian Defense
Ministry’s Main Armor Department Lt. Gen. Vladislav Polonsky told Itar-Tass on Sunday, Russia’s Tank Driver Day.
“We plan to adopt the fifth-generation tank in eight years,” he said.
-360° sensors and ECM and network-capability
-pro-active electric reactive armor
-Weight > 55 tonnes
-ceramics&fiber armor instead of steel
-virtual reality for the driver and gunner
-only two guys are sufficient to man it
-autoloader for three different types of ammo
I guess russia can now regain its top place.