T-14 Armata tanks fell short of their hype, hence withdrawing from the Kharkiv region, reported TASS

T-14 Armata tank was sensationally unveiled at the 9 May Victory Day parade in 2015, it embarrassingly broke down in front of thousands of onlookers during rehearsals.

Russia’s over-hyped T-14 Armata tank was sent back to the drawing board based on the results of its use during the Ukraine war, reported TASS news agency.

“The Armata tank was used several times in the Kharkiv region. Based on the results of its use in the special military operation, the vehicle is required to fine-tune and improve its engine and thermal sighting system,” the source said without elaborating on what exactly happened on the battlefield.

The T-14 Armata has known issues with its gun turret being inaccurate and engine issues that stalled during the National Day parade.

According to an earlier report by TASS, Russia’s battlegroup South used several tanks in its zone of responsibility. The goal was to assess the tank’s performance in a real battle. After that, the tanks were withdrawn from the frontline as the tank underperformed per expectation.

The T-14 Armata-platform-based tank developed by the Uralvagonzavod defense manufacturer was unveiled to the public for the first time at Red Square’s Victory Day Parade on May 9, 2015. In 2019, the Armata tank underwent preliminary tests.

The tank is on the company’s display stand among other export-oriented armaments. The tank’s export version was unveiled as a scale model at the IDEX arms show in Abu Dhabi in February 2021.

Russia tried to export the tank to India, but India backflipped considering the cost the tank and performance of the tank lower than its Western counterpart. Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said at the IDEX 2021 international arms show that Russia tried to export the tank to Algeria, Vietnam, Egypt, and China, but export attempts failed to score contracts from these countries.

The new combat vehicle fundamentally differs from its predecessors. It features a new turret while its crew is located in an isolated armored capsule in the tank’s hull to operate the autoloader.

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