Talks about Armata, the first new battle tank prototype developed in post-Soviet Russia, reach new heights as a fleet of the armoured vehicle rolled down Red Square in this year’s 9th May parade.
According to military experts, the new vehicle is specially designed to maintain its specifications in extremely cold temperatures. That indicates that Moscow plans to deploy them in the Arctic, Radio Free Europe reports.
If that appears to be the case, the Kola Peninsula will be the place. Murmansk Oblast is the stronghold of the Northern Fleet and has a wide range of military installations and infrastructure. Furthermore it is the only Russian Arctic region with a land connection with neighboring countries, including NATO member Norway.
The Kola Peninsula also houses the new Russian Arctic brigade, units based in Alakurtti and the Pechenga Rayon and subordinated the Northern Fleet. The region shares 196 km of border with Norway and close to 500 km with Finland
During the 9th May parade, a total of 25 Armatas were displayed, all of which will be sent to regional units in the course of this year, Oleg Bochkarov, Deputy Head of Russia’s Military-Industrial Commission, says. “Another 100 vehicles of the kind will soon follow”, he adds to Vzglyad.ru.
The Armata will be the prototype of Russia’s next generation heavy military tracked tank. It will be produced in a series of different purpose vehicles, among them a battle tank, heavy infantry fighting vehicle, infantry fighting vehicle and personnel carrier.
In the 9th May parade the Armed Forces displayed two versions of the vehicle; the battle tank-version and the personnel carrier.