Russia's Arms in the Syrian Conflict
In an interview on 19 April 2020, the Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov stated that the country recently field-tested its new T-14 Armata main battle tank in Syria. Manturov also talked about potential export orders for the T-14, and being able to say that it has now been “combat-proven” in Syria will obviously help the Kremlin in marketing its new tank abroad. The T-14 Armata is being used as a common chassis for the Russian Army’s heavy armoured vehicles, including a heavy infantry fighting vehicle and a self-propelled howitzer besides a main battle tank. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the T-14’s manufacturer Uralvagonzavod, Alexander Potapov, the company will deliver the first production batch of T-14 tanks for field trials to the Russian Army sometime this year.
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