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Russia has decided to forgo deploying its most advanced T-14 Armata tanks in the ongoing war against Ukraine, citing high costs according to Sergei Chemezov, CEO of Rostec, a state-owned defense company.

While acknowledging the T-14 Armata’s superior functionality, Chemezov emphasized the financial burden of the tank. He argued that the resources are better allocated towards developing “perhaps cheaper” weapons, suggesting the T-90 tanks as a more cost-effective option for the current conflict.

This decision raises questions about the future of the T-14 Armata program. Despite being showcased in 2015, production numbers reportedly remain low. The high cost and potential for reputational damage if the advanced tank is destroyed in combat are likely factors in Russia’s decision.

This development highlights Russia’s need to balance military modernization with economic constraints in the face of the ongoing war.