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Keeping a Low Profile: Armata, Russia’s New MBT

Russia's new main battle tank will boast a formidable blend of composite armour, active protection systems, innovative layout and impressive firepower

The design philosophy of Russian main battle tanks (MBTs) is influenced by the prevailing idea that their main task is to provide fire support to advancing infantry. Direct engagement with enemy tanks is a secondary task. Thus the operational role currently envisaged in Russia for MBTs is similar to that of infantry support tanks like the British Churchill of the Second World War, as large-scale tank-on-tank battles are considered unlikely. Given this concept of operations,

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Dr Igor Sutyagin

Senior Research Fellow, Russian Studies

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