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French manufacturer of weapons and military equipment mounted on Nexter Leclerc tank 140-mm gun of high power, writes Jane’s. The tool has already tested: it produced more than 200 shots.
The purpose of the tests is to collect data for a Franco-German project to build a new main battle tank to replace the Leopard 2 and Leclerc. The latest in this case got a new gun only in the experiment and will not be EN masse to arm it.
It is expected that the instrument will provide increased fire power by 70 percent compared to standard 120-millimeter guns, which are equipped with tanks of the NATO armies.
Interest of Europeans to the development of more powerful guns is dictated by the creation in Russia of the T-14 on the platform “Armata”, said in his blog a military expert Alex Hassle. “Apparently, the appearance in Europe of a new 140-mm guns will drive the last nail in the coffin of the project “Armata”,” he writes, expressing an opinion that in response to the Russian defense Ministry will have to pay attention to the projects of tanks with guns of 152 mm caliber.
To increase the firepower of their tanks work and the British military.
Despite the widespread in the West, opinion on the superiority of the Russian tank fleet in connection with the creation of the T-14, in fact this equipment in the army is very small: Deputy defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that in 2018 the army will be handed over only nine cars on the contract for the supply 132 of the T-14 and T-15. What proportion of them are the latest tanks, is unknown. The failure of the mass procurement of the equipment of power explain its high cost.
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