The T-14 has an unmanned turret and its crew can remotely control the weapon, but Western intelligence agencies say it has problems.
Russia has begun firing its new T-14 Armata main battle tanks on Ukrainian positions, “but they have not yet engaged in direct attack operations,” Ria Novosti reported.
The tanks were fitted with additional protection on their flanks and the crews conducted “combat coordination” at a training ground in Ukraine, the RIA said Tuesday, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The T-14 tank has an unmanned turret, and its crew can remotely control armament from “a separate armored pod located at the front of the hull,” RIA reported.
The agency said the tanks had a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph) on the highway.
In January, British military intelligence reported that Russian troops in Ukraine were reluctant to accept the first batch of tanks due to their “poor condition”.
It also said any deployment of the T-14 would likely be a “high-risk decision” for Russia, mainly for propaganda purposes.
“Production is likely to be only a few dozen vehicles and it is unlikely that commanders would trust the vehicle in combat,” the British military said. “After 11 years of development, the program has been subject to delays, reduced planned fleet sizes and reports of manufacturing problems. bothered.”
The T-14 debuted in 2015. According to Russian media reports, the Kremlin ordered the production of 2,300 of these tanks by 2020, but this was later extended to 2025.
The NATO country has sent dozens of its state-of-the-art main battle tanks to Ukraine in a move Russia says is a dangerous escalation of the conflict.