Russia’s Uralvagonzavod tank plant may shortly exhibit its new-generation T-95 main battle tank for the first time at an upcoming arms show in the Urals Region.
The RIA Novosti news agency reports the tank, with a 152mm main gun, may be on show as soon as the northern summer in July. It note the development of the world-first 5th-generation tank dubbed “Item 195” began at the Uralvagonzavod design bureau in the early 1990s. “Russia will become the first country in the world to have the 5th-generation MBT if the military commissions the vehicle,” the agency says.
“The work on the project has been conducted for many years. If the government gives us a ‘green light’ we will exhibit the tank at the [Russian Expo Arms 2010] arms show in Nizhny Tagil this summer,” general director of the Uralvagonzavod plant Oleg Siyenko told RIA Novosti in an exclusive interview. The tank plant is based in Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk area of the Urals near Yekaterinburg.
“I cannot disclose the characteristics of the tank, but I can assure you that we have met all the requirements put forward by the military,” he said. According to unofficial sources, the T-95 will feature better firepower, maneuverability, electronics and armour protection than Russia’s latest T-90 MBT or comparable foreign models. It will weigh about 55 tons and its speed will increase from 30-50 kph to 50-65 kph. The 152mm smoothbore gun is capable of firing guided missiles with a range of 6000-7000 metres.
In contrast to existing designs, the gun will be located in a remotely-controlled turret to improve the survivability of its three man crew. RIA Novosti ads that the T-90 MBT, developed in the 1990s on the basis of the T-72B tank, will remain the backbone of the armoured units until 2025. Russia currently produces up to 100 T-90 MBTs annually and plans to have at least 1500 vehicles in service with the ground forces.