British intelligence believes that it is actually not profitable for Russia to start using its latest tank T-14 "Armata" on the battlefield, and if this happens, it will primarily be for propaganda purposes.
This is stated in the review of the British Ministry of Defense for January 19.
It says that in Moscow, most likely, they are thinking about using a small number of the newest Russian T-14 tanks on the battlefield in Ukraine. In December, they were spotted on training grounds in the south of Russia, where forces are calculated before being sent to the front. After that, Russian propaganda resources began to say that they were preparing to use them in the war against Ukraine, but it is not known whether these tanks actually began to take part in hostilities.
"Any combat use of the T-14 is likely to be a very risky decision for Russia," writes British intelligence.
Thus, analysts remind, "Armata" was developed for 11 years, the established deadlines were repeatedly disrupted, the planned volumes were eventually reduced, and information was received about production problems.
"An additional challenge for Russia is to adapt the logistics chain for the T-14, because it is larger and heavier than other Russian tanks. If the Russian Federation uses the T-14 on the battlefield, it will be primarily for propaganda purposes. They are manufactured, perhaps, only several dozen, and commanders are unlikely to consider this machine reliable enough to rely on it in battle," the review notes.