Russia's new Armata main battle tank (MBT) is too expensive, according to Russian Military-Industrial Commission deputy chairman Oleg Bochkarev.
According to comments reported by state news agency TASS, Bochkarev said the pricing for a three-year contract with Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) had been agreed, but implied that for subsequent vehicles the unit price would need to decrease.
UVZ deputy general director Vyacheslav Khalitov told Interfax-AVN on 18 November that the cost of Russia's new Armata MBT would "stabilise" when large-scale serial production begins. He added that new systems and components are expensive and represent 80% of the tank's cost. A production contract for 2015-17 has been signed, according to Khalitov.
Russia expresses concern over Armata MBT costs - IHS Jane's 360