Russia’s T-14 Armata MBT ‘has new-gen ERA’

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Key Points

  • The Russian T-14 Armata MBT has a new-generation ERA system, according to a Tractor Plants source
  • The new armour’s resistance to APFSDS rounds is significantly increased compared with previous ERA systems, according to the source

The new Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank (MBT) is equipped with a new generation of explosive reactive armour (ERA), according to a source at the Tractor Plants company.

The ERA, developed by the NII Stali research institute “can be described as an innovative one” the source said. “Its specifications exceed those of Kontakt-1, Kontakt-5, and Relict 9 [ERA systems]”. He did not provide IHS Jane’s with further details, saying only that the ERA has “no known world equivalents”.

The source said the new armour’s resistance to armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding-sabot (APFSDS) rounds was significantly increased in comparison with the older ERA systems. “The high protective characteristics of the new armour aren’t provided by the simple increase of explosive mass in its containers,” said the source. He pointed out that the detonation of an ERA box would not damage the electronics and other equipment installed under the armour.

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