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T-15 (Armata) (Object 149)

Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV)

Russia | 2016

"The T-15 Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle is being developed along the lines of the Armata Universal Combat Platform family intended to stock the new-look Russian Army."

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Recent Russian ground forces combat experience had showcased a need for a Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV) with a good degree of survivability, particularly when accessing highly contested areas in an urban setting. The Israeli Army developed the "Namer" (detailed elsewhere on this site) for this very purpose and Russian engineers have followed suit with the "T-15 HIFV". The vehicle was debuted during the 2015 Moscow Victory Day Parade which also unveiled the much talked-about T-14 Main Battle Tank (MBT) with its all-new crew-less turret. Both vehicles belong to the new Armata "Universal Combat Platform" (UCP) family of armored systems developed to take advantage of a single standard chassis fulfilling a variety of prominent battlefield roles. Within these major designs lies subvariants to further evolve the Armata vehicle line. The T-15 is given the industrial designation of "Object 149" and ten examples were showcased in the aforementioned parade.

The T-15 retains the same running gear as the T-14 MBT though, due to the engine's placement further forward in the hull, the drive sprocket has been relocated to the front with the track idler now shifted to the rear. Seven double-tired road wheels are fitted to each hull side. The upper track spans are very well protected in armor plate and the heavy classification of this vehicle means that the system can also see armor blocks added to its base protection scheme. The front of the vehicle has been given particular attention in terms of protecting against incoming projectiles or armor-defeating missiles.

The placement of the engine and operating crew positions allows the rear of the vehicle to house a protected passenger compartment. The driver sits front-left behind a well-sloped glacis plate with additional crewmembers to his right and rear. The remotely-operated crewless turret is seated over the rear and features a 30mm autocannon with 7.62mm medium machine gun and automatic grenade launcher as well as 4 x Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launchers. Smoke grenade dischargers help to shroud the vehicle's movements from enemy eyes while a full sensor suite aids the crew in situational awareness and incoming dangers. Other key features include night-vision equipment support and an NBC (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical) suite.

The T-15 joins the T-14, Coalition-SV 152mm Self-Propelled Gun, and Kurganets-25 Infantry Fighting Vehicle as part of the "new-look" Russian Army. No doubt its true capabilities will be finalized over time but it appears that the Russians have seen a good return on their heavy investment in modernizing their ground force elements. The Armata family is expected to succeed a plethora of ages vehicle types, many with roots in the Cold War decades. Some of the line may also see export.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149) Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV).
1 x A-82-2 diesel-fueled engine developing 1,200 horsepower.
Installed Power
43 mph
70 kph
Road Speed
342 miles
550 km
The physical qualities of the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149) Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV).
80,028 lb
36,300 kg | 40.0 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149) Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle (HIFV).
1 x 30mm autocannon in crew-less turret
1 x 7.62mm OR 12.7mm machine gun
1 x 30mm automatic grenade launcher
4 x "Komet-EM" Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher
10 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers.
500 x 30mm projectiles
2,000 x 7.62mm ammunition
4 x "Komet-EM" Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs)
10 x Smoke Grenades.
Nightvision - YES
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES
Notable series variants as part of the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149) family line.
T-15 - Base Series Designation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 20 Units

Contractor(s): Uralvagonzavod - Russia
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Image of the T-15 (Armata) (Object 149)
Image from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Design Qualities
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