Russia’s new tank’s main gun slated to have nearly 3x the range of America’s M1 Abrams

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According to reports provided by Popular Mechanics, Russia’s latest tank set to begin testing in 2019, the T-14 Armata, will be equipped with anti-tank missiles capable of engaging targets as far away as seven miles, a significant advantage over America’s new workhorse tank, the M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams set to begin fielding in 2020.Related image

The T-14 Armata’s 125-millimeter main gun has been designed like previous Russian tanks to be able to fire anti-tank missiles.  The T-80 was the first, equipped with 9M112 Kobra HEAT projectiles that could cover 2.5 miles and penetrate tank armor up to 700 millimeters thick.  Current anti-tank missiles employed by Russian military have a range of 3.1 miles and the potential to destroy targets through up to 900 millimeters of armor – but a new missile, called the 3UBK21 Sprinter, is in development for use in the T-14 that boasts a maximum range of over seven miles and has as yet unannounced armor penetration capabilities.

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