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    Russia claims new tank invisible to radar/IR

    Russian Builder of T-14 Armata claims it has radar and infrared invisibility

    Armour specialists from both Russia and the United States are sceptical of recent claims made by the enterprise that produces Russia's new T-14 Armata MBT that the tank is essentially "invisible" to radar.

    The claim was made by the director of the Nizhi-Tagil-based UralVagonZavod (UVZ) plant, Vyacheslav Khalitov, on Ekho Moskvy radio on 3 July.

    "We essentially made the invisible tank," said Khalitov. He also elaborated on the tank's internal arrangement, stating that key "emitters" that normally make other tanks vulnerable to current-generation anti-armour weapons are fitted as far as possible into the interior of the Armata to reduce its infrared (IR) signature.

    About the tank's own radar signature, Khalitov said the T-14's hull is coated with special radar-absorbing paint and other materials and appliquйs that make it difficult to be detected.

    A retired US army flag-rank officer who was involved at the senior levels of AFV development - including that of General Dynamics' M1 Abrams MBT - has analysed the T-14 design and other claims regarding its signature reduction and told IHS Jane's , "These claims would have to be proven. Placing heat-generating components 'deep inside' in the vehicle won't help; modern thermal technology is very sensitive and when the tank is moved, or a weapon is fired, or a person is exposed, the thermal signature will light up. Plus, no matter where the engine is, when an engine big enough to move a 40- to 50-ton tank is fired up, it will have a signature."

    Russian specialists familiar with radar signature reduction techniques told IHS Jane's that "most of this kind of research in Russia has been performed with an eye towards application to aircraft - in order to reduce a signature as seen from another aircraft's radar set or a SAM [surface-to-air missile] radar station. This technology is not optimised for protecting ground targets from air-to-surface attacks.

    "What you are trying to do in reducing a radar return for these scenarios is also very different," one said. "For airborne targets you are trying to reduce an RCS [radar cross-section] to make a lock-on more difficult. For ground targets you would be trying to make a tank indistinguishable from ground clutter. These two do not necessarily overlap in how you approach them."

    In addition to its signature reduction modifications, the T-14's other self-protection features include a new-generation self-protection system that integrates its Malachit exploding dual-reactive armour with an active protection system, designated Afghanit, that employs a millimetre wave radar to track incoming anti-tank weapons and initiate countermeasures. The T-14 also relies on composite, layered armour similar to that used in the M1.
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    It probably gets up and dances too.

    Seriously though, I would imagine this sort of transparently bullshit boasting is more for the domestic audience.
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    Seriously though, I would imagine this sort of transparently bullshit boasting is more for the domestic audience.

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    I guess they had to say something cool about it. Since the one in the Victory parade had to be towed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    I guess they had to say something cool about it. Since the one in the Victory parade had to be towed off.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/russias-new-t...moscow-1913336
    it didn't break, someone accidentally activated stealth mode.

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    Someone checked Russian radars lately?
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    Does the Pentagon know that Mike Sparks is working for the Russians now?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    I guess they had to say something cool about it. Since the one in the Victory parade had to be towed off.

    http://www.ibtimes.com/russias-new-t...moscow-1913336
    I love it; supposedly, "the breakdown of the T-14 Armata tank was staged in order to show how the vehicle would be salvaged in a real-life situation". Right. Because everybody LOVES to practice recovering an MBT, especially when you don't have to.

    So, does that mean that they're PLANNING on having it break-down in the field?
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