Russia’s next-generation Armata tank had the option of being developed into a remote-controlled combat vehicle from its very inception, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of the country’s defense industry, said Sunday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier on Sunday, Russian media cited an interview with a deputy general director of Uralvagonzavod, the Armata's manufacturer, who said that the tank could be fitted with remote control to become a robot.
"It was provided for from the beginning," Rogozin said via his Twitter account referring to earlier reports of possible upgrades to Russia’s new main battle tank.
Vyacheslav Khalitov also said that Armata could serve in the Russian Armed Forces until the end of the century.
The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled its new Armata tank at the Victory Day military parade in Moscow on May 9.
The tank is operated by a crew of three, housed in an armored capsule at the front. Its main armament includes a 7.62 mm remote-control machine gun and a 125 mm smoothbore cannon.