An emphasis on automated technology in Russia’s next-generation Armata T-14 tank may allow Russian military officials to reduce the number of personnel needed to operate the vehicle, a top designer at the Russian manufacturer responsible for the Armata said Thursday. Russia has touted the Armata’s capabilities and specifications on several occasions in recent months.
The Armata T-14 tank possesses an automated gun turret, digital controls and an early-warning system to identify potential mechanical issues before they occur, Russian officials have said. It’s unclear which of the tank’s other elements are automated. “The high degree of automation allows for coming close to reducing the crew of the Armata platform-based tank from three to two,” manufacturer Uralvagonzavod’s top designer, Andrei Terlikov said.