The pioneering design potentially puts the Armata ahead of Western competition, but it is yet unclear whether the Russian weapons industries will be able to meet the ambitious production plan for the new tank. It resembles me soviet T-64 it was hi-tech for its time, it was much better its western rivals (the first tank in the world with combined armour and first tank in the world with autoloader capable for multitype of shells) but it became to expensive and for mass production USSR has chosen cheaper and more simple T-72. Time will show, but usage Armata as unified armour platform probably will decrease costs. Russia's new Armata tank makes debut in parade rehearsal - Europe - Stripes The Armata will be a highlight of the military parade on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. About 200 pieces of military hardware and 16,500 troops will take part in the parade on Red Square. Russian and some Western military experts say the Armata will surpass all Western versions. The tank is the first to have an internal armored capsule housing its three-man crew and a remotely controlled turret with an automatic weapons loading system, features that allow for increasing both the level of crew protection and the efficiency of the tank's weapons. The Armata designers also envisage the use of the same platform for several other machines, including a heavy armored infantry vehicle, a self-propelled heavy howitzer and combat support vehicle. This would cut production costs and streamline technical support and maintenance.