Russia’s touted “cutting-edgeT-14 Armata tank is unlikely to see action in Ukraine due to its high cost, according to the head of a state-owned weapons manufacturer. This revelation marks a potential setback for Russia’s military strategy.

Sergey Chemezov, Director General of Rostec, told the RIA news agency on Monday (March 4) that despite the T-14’s advanced features, its price tag makes it impractical for the Ukrainian conflict. This comes as Russia grapples with heavy losses of cheaper and more readily available tank models in the ongoing war.

T-14 Armata: Staying in the Garage

The word on the street is Russia’s fancy new T-14 Armata tank won’t be rolling into Ukraine anytime soon.

According to Chemezov, the big cheese at Rostec, the tank’s hefty price tag just doesn’t make sense for a war where cheaper models are already getting chewed up.

They were bragging about this T-14 as some kind of super weapon—remote-controlled 125mm cannon, thick anti-tank armor, all the bells and whistles. Sounds impressive, right?

But guess what? It costs a fortune—millions more than the older T-90s, T-80s, and T-72s they’ve been throwing at the Ukrainians, which haven’t fared well.

Chemezov says it boils down to simple economics.