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T-95: The Super Tank Russia Never Built

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Russia’s T-95 Tank – A 3 Minute History: The Russian T-95 main battle tank could have made a difference on the battlefield and it was a good thing for the Americans and their allies it never came to fruition. The tank would have had a large gun that would have outclassed tanks from the United States and NATO. The T-95 had other features that would have made it formidable – including more range, a digital fire control system, and better crew survivability.

The Main Gun Would Have Been Dominant

First, about that noteworthy gun. It was designed to be a 152mm smoothbore main gun, which was larger and more powerful than the M1A2 Abrams and its allied tanks in Europe. The gun could fire the gamut of high explosive rounds expected from a modern tank, but also guided missiles. The 152mm main gun would have boasted a longer range than enemy tanks. It was the size of some artillery pieces.

The Turret Was Remote-Controlled for Better Crew Safety

The turret would have been automated, so the crew could stay in the hull for better protection and use remote-control to operate the turret. The gun was also fed automatically. The gun was aimed with a thermal sight. The autoloader was raised to a higher position in case the tank ran over a mine. The turret also was taller than other Russian tanks to enable the utilization of the big gun. This allowed for better elevation which was designed to help out in urban combat based on hard lessons learned from the bloody fighting in Chechnya in which rebels destroyed many Russian tanks. The gun would have also had the ability to engage over-the-horizon targets with its guided missiles.

A Powerful Engine and Armor to Better Shoot, Move, and Communicate

The T-95 engine would have been a powerful diesel with 1,500 horsepower leading to a potentially greater speed than other Russian tanks such as most variants of the T-90, which only get 1,000 or 1,100 horsepower from their engines.

The T-95 was also going to transform Russian the way it utilized protective armor. It would have had the ever-strong Relikt explosive reactive armor and an active protection system now common on Russia’s upgraded tank variants.

T-95 – Other Features That Would Have Stood Out

The super tank also had a planned battle control system that was ahead of its time. The crew could immediately tell how many rounds it had left and other status measures. The communication system was top-notch.

Eventually, the Russians thought the T-95 prototypes it built were too advanced for production. So certain planned features were integrated into the T-14 Armata. The T-95 would have been a match-up problem for America and its allies during a potential armored maneuver warfare scenario. The powerful gun and survivability features would have certainly been something to reckon with.

Russian Military

Image of T-14 Armata tank in the Russian Military. Image Credit: Vitali Kuzman.

Russia T-14 Armata

Russian Armata T-14 Tank. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

Now serving as 1945’s Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.

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Now serving as 1945s New Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. Eastwood, PhD, is the author of Humans, Machines, and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an Emerging Threats expert and former U.S. Army Infantry officer.



  1. Oscar

    September 18, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    Being a former M1A1 and M1A2 tanker and having gotten a tank kill on a T-72 with an AT-4 on the side of the turret I have serious reservations about just how good this super tank would have been. Sure a big gun but thats a lot or extra weight for an auto loader which at that size of rounds you certainly would need. Also all this assumes that there would be no upgraded Sabot rounds by the US as soon as intelligence saw that thing being made. Also over the horizon missles are all fine and dandy if you even know the enemy is there. The current performance of russian armored formations puts into doubt their ability to take on Nato or even the US by themselves if they cannot even beat a small country like Ukraine. Imagine Russian losses with them having to not only deal with US armor and Mobile infantry but also aircraft running ape in the skies. Just saying not since the Soviet Union has russia had a chance with an already shrinking population and poor motivation of their population to actually fight soldiers and not just stick to torturing and murdering civilians.

  2. Tom

    September 19, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Except if they built it the US and NATO would have built a counter to it

  3. kiki urâtau

    September 19, 2022 at 7:43 am

    To equip this new tank to the requirements of modern combat, will the Russians once again supply electronic parts from washing machines and refrigerators?

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