Russian armed forces may refuse to mass purchase of tanks "Armata" because of their high cost

Vice Prime Minister Yuriy Borisov admitted that the modernization of the ancient T-72 tanks is better and cheaper than the production of the advertised T-14 Armata.
The Russian Armed Forces do not aspire to purchase the tanks of "Armata" in bulk because of their high cost, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov, responsible for the defense industry, told reporters. Earlier it was reported that the cost of one tank on the platform of "Armata" during mass production will be about 250 million rubles.

"Well, why flood the Armed Forces with all the armed forces, we have the T-72 in great demand on the market, they take it all, compared to the Abrams, Leclercs and Leopards at a price, efficiency and quality, significantly surpasses ", - said Mr. Borisov.

In addition to "Armata", the armed forces do not need to buy a large number of "Boomerangs" (wheeled BTR of a new generation), the deputy prime minister is sure. "We have no special need for this. These models are quite expensive in relation to existing ones, "he said (quoted by RIA Novosti).

According to Yuri Borisov, the modernization of old equipment requires less money, this saves budgetary funds. "We succeed, having a budget ten times less than NATO countries, due to such effective solutions, when we look at the modernization potential of old models, to solve the tasks set," Yury Borisov said.

Recall, the T-14 tank based on the universal crawler platform "Armata" was developed at Uralvagonzavod. It was first introduced in 2015. The Ministry of Defense of Russia already by the end of 2016 concluded the first contract for the supply of 100 such tanks. In August 2017, the state corporation Rostek was informed that the Defense Ministry will receive a massive tank of Armata from 2019 onwards. At that moment the tank was at the final stage of completion.