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Prototype main battle tank

T-95 MBT

There is only little official information of the T-95 prototype main battle tank

Entered service -
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 50 ~ 55 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ~ 7 m
Width ~ 3.5 m
Height ?
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns ?
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ?
Range ?
Gradient ?
Side slope ?
Vertical step ?
Trench ?
Fording ?
Fording (with preparation) ?


   In 2000 it was announced that a new-generation main battle tank, had been developed in Russia. It was designated as the T-95. Trials of a full-scale prototype started in 1998. There is only little official information available on the T-95. Technical data is also classified. It was expected to surpass all of it's predecessors and rivals. Development of the T-95 main battle tank has been suspended in 2009.

   It is claimed that the T-95 is a new design, rather than a modification of existing vehicle. The main feature of this design is a radically new configuration. Vehicle has an unmanned turret with externally mounted and remotely-controlled armament. This MBT is fitted with autoloader and automatic ammunition handling system. The autoloader is located below the turret and is similar in many aspects to current Russian autoloaders.

   The T-95 MBT was planned to have a lower silhouette because of the unmanned turret. Consequently vehicle would be less observable on the battlefield. It was believed that length and width of the new main battle tank is about the same as on current Russian MBTs. However the prototype appeared bulky.

   It is unknown what type and caliber of gun the T-95 is armed with. It is believed that it is a 135-mm or even 152-mm smoothbore gun. Vehicle is likely to be capable of firing gun-launched anti-tank guided missiles in the same manner as ordinary rounds. This tank is fitted with new fire control system. Development of the T-95 was stopped in 2009. By that time an improved 2A82 125-mm tank gun appeared in Russia.

   It is reported that the T-95 MBT has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver. Occupants are seated in a well-protected armored capsule, separated from automatic loader and ammunition.

   It is worth mentioning that development of another Russian prototype MBT, the Black Eagle, was stopped due to the lack of funds and currently there are no ready alternatives. Instead the Russian Army is acquiring in small numbers the T-90 MBT and it's improved versions. However this tanks was accepted to service back in 1993 and becomes out-dated.

   Currently a new main battle tank is under development in Russia. The Armata is expected to have a similar layout to the cancelled T-95 with unmanned turret and crew seated in a separate armored capsule. This tank is expected to enter service in 2015.


Video of the T-95 prototype main battle tank

T-95 MBT

T-95 MBT

T-95 MBT

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