New Russian tanks to get gun that can ‘burn through a metre of steel’

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Deputy prime minister boasts of powerful new armament for T-14 Armata, Russia’s new main battle tank

Russia’s new-generation main battle tank, the T-14 Armata, is to be fitted with a gun whose shell can “burn through a metre of steel”, a senior official has said.

The Armata was introduced with much fanfare on Saturday when it took part in a huge military parade on Red Square in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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Russia’s new Armata tank makes debut

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Moscow: Russia’s new Armata tank appeared in public for the first time on Monday, rumbling down a broad Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square for the final rehearsal of the Victory Day parade.

Russian and some Western military experts say the Armata will surpass all Western versions. The tank is the first to have an internal armoured capsule housing its three-man crew and a remotely controlled turret with an automatic weapons loading system, features that allow for increasing both the level of crew protection and the efficiency of the tank’s weapons. Continue reading