Canfora Publications - T-14 Armata Main Battle Tank
The T-14 Armata is an interesting new Russian tank design first made public in 2015. Apparently, it’d been kept under wraps pretty well and came as a bit of a surprise to Western observers. It is the first new Russian tank of the post-Soviet era, and is supposedly technically advanced. Among other notable features that are currently known, this tank is designed to operated with no crew in the turret.
It appears to be unclear as to whether this tank goes into full mass production or not, replacing the other “new” series of Russian tanks such as the T-72, T-80 and 90s. Upgrades of these earlier tanks may be the way that the Russians go, as the T-14 is apparently a VERY expensive vehicle to build, and requires much more intensive crew training than earlier tank models as well.
Format - softcover, landscape format
Page Count - 80 pages
Size - 8.25” x 10.75”
Photos - 150, all full color
Tables / drawings / diagrams - one drawing, one table of technical information
All text and photograph captions are in English
What’s between the Covers?
Note: this largely a photographic study of the T-14 Armata, with text largely restricted to the first 15 pages of the book.
As can be seen in the above table of contents, this book opens with a one page Introduction which describes the surprise introduction of the Armata platform in Moscow’s Red Square in May of 2015, and gives a brief overview of the Armata variants.
The book continues in Chapter 2, with 5 pages on the development of the T-14 and it’s immediate predecessors. A good deal of interesting information on the technical efforts going into the T-14 are discussed in readable, concise terms here.
Chapter 3 consists of a thorough description of the T-14 Armata, broken into major components / function. These topics include; Crew, Turret and Armament, Armor and Protection, Stealth Protection, Radar Observation and Optics, Engine and Transmission, Running Gear, and Airlift Capability. Information on the future Armata family and projected variants is also a part of this chapter. A table containing basic information on Dimensions and Performance of the tank are also located in Chapter 3.
Chapter 4 takes up much of the rest of the book, with walk around style photographs of the major areas of interest on the T-14 Armata. Unsurprisingly, there are NO interior photographs of the T-14 crew spaces, nor of the powerplant. The book closes with some views of the T-14 Armata in iconic poses during Red Square parades.
NOTE - the images below are poor representations of the quality images contained in this book. The images in this book are sharp and clear, and taken in good lighting conditions.
A good many of the photographs are full page size, allowing for good study of the images. Those that aren’t full page, are quarter page size as seen above, still plenty big to allow for close inspection of the T-14 components.
Running Gear and Side Skirts
Rehearsals and Red Square Parades
Captions throughout the book are generally good, although understandably just a wee bit short. As these captions are largely describing vehicles engaged in a parade, there isn’t a lot of description on what’s, where’s and why’s required. Good descriptions of what’s seen in the images is provided.
This book is an interesting photographic study of one of the newest armored fighting vehicles on the planet, full of very high quality images and solid information.
Image quality and reproduction on the pages is well done, this is a quality effort by Canfora and the author. This book will be invaluable to those wishing to build the recent models of this new tank, or to those interested in modern Russian armor.
Thanks to MAFVA ( Military Armored Fighting Vehicle Association - United Kingdom ) for the review copy
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
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