Russian Tank Maker Doesn’t Want Armata Sold To Beijing

Uralvagonzavod, a Russian machine building company in Nizhny Tagil,
recently rejected the idea of selling the Armata heavy vehicle platform
to China despite the nation demonstrating great interest in the tank
platform
according to the Vzglyad, a Moscow-based newspaper.

Oleg Bochkaryov, deputy chairman of the Military and Industrial
Commission
, said that the Armata Universal Combat Platform will be
commissioned by the Russian army next month. After they take part in the
military parade on May 9 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end
of World War II in Europe, all Armata tanks are to be brought back to
the plant for modifications before they enter regular service with the
Russian military.

 

Russian Armata main battle tank

After three years of tests with combat units, production of the
Armata Universal Combat Platform will officially begin in 2018. China
had already demonstrated great interest in purchasing the tanks from
Russia even though they are yet to enter active service. However,
Uralvagonzavod opposed the idea of providing any advanced tanks to China
to prevent Beijing from stealing technology from Moscow through reverse
engineering.

 

Russian military commentators said it is too early to discuss
providing the Armata to China since the export version of the tank
platform has not yet been designed. China is likely testing Russia’s
level of trust through expressing its intent to purchase the Armata. If
the Russian government eventually decides to export the tank, the
state-run Rosoboronexport is likely to be the broker.