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    Float Like a Butterfly: Russian Tank Performs ‘Aerobatics’ (VIDEO)

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    Shooting a cannon from mid-air – it’s not something you see every day among the world’s heavy armor. But Russia’s T-90 tank, with its 125mm smoothbore gun, rocked an arms exhibition in Nizhny Tagil in the Ural mountains earlier this month with just such a manoeuvre.

    It’s hard to imagine a situation in real battle where this tank would need to use the capability. Still, it’s pretty cool to watch. Note how the camera shakes after the tank’s landing – 46 tons of steel won’t leave bystanders unshaken.

    The T-90 3-rd generation main battle tank was adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in the mid-1990s, but never reached the distribution or popularity of its predecessor and competitor, the T-72. Nonetheless, it’s been quite popular on the world weapons market. In this video it’s painted with sandy colors – India and Algeria have been a couple of this model’s passionate buyers.

    T-90 main battle tank
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    T-90 main battle tank

    In 2011, the Russian Armed Forces stopped ordering the T-90, relying increasingly on the development of the advanced next generation Armata T-14 on the Universal Combat Platform that is expected to enter service in 2016.

    An Indian Army T-90 battle tank kicks up dust during the Shoor Veer military exercise near Hanumangarh, located near the India-Pakistan border, 2012.
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    An Indian Army T-90 battle tank kicks up dust during the Shoor Veer military exercise near Hanumangarh, located near the India-Pakistan border, 2012.

    But T-90s aren’t going anywhere. A recently announced upgrade of 400 T-90s boasts a new turret module and a new digital fire control system, ensuring record-short intervals between shots.

    T-90A tank
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    T-90A tank

    Russia is currently pursuing a $325-billion rearmament program to modernize 70 percent of its military by 2020.

    Танки Т-90 проходят по Красной площади во время генеральной репетиции парада Победы
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    Танки Т-90 проходят по Красной площади во время генеральной репетиции парада Победы

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