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