Russia’s future armored force may be in trouble if recent announcements by the Ministry of Defense are any indication.

The MoD’s Armata program, which is a universal chases system intended to be the founding element of Moscow’s future armored force that includes the third-generation T-14 main battle tank, may be scrapped in lieu of an announcement that T-80 and T-90 MBTs will be upgraded. Also, the MoD announced plans to melt down some 10,000 armored vehicles by 2020.

Also, the MoD announced plans to melt down some 10,000 armored vehicles by 2020.

These announcements “together with the reduction in potential orders for the T-14 MBT and the continued decline in Russian defense spending have led some sources to claim that the Armata program has been canceled,” IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly reported last month.

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