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    The US military is often said to be the best in the world, but it is "nowhere near as powerful and dominant as many believe," national security and foreign policy analyst Daniel L. Davis wrote for the National Interest, pointing to Russia's Armata as the best example.

    "The yawning capability gap that once existed between the United States and the rest of the world has now shriveled to nearly nothing," he noted.

    For Davis, nothing reflects the true state of America's military better than the Pentagon's "dysfunctional acquisition system." For instance, the US Army spent $20 billion on its key modernization program in early 2000s, known as Future Combat System (FCS), only to cancel the effort in 2009 without producing any visible results.

    Self-propelled artillery gun 2S35 on the Armata Coalition-SV platform, displayed at the Russia Arms Expo.
    Self-propelled artillery gun 2S35 on the Armata Coalition-SV platform, displayed at the Russia Arms Expo.

    Meanwhile, it took Russia only six years to design, test and start producing the next-generation heavy military tracked vehicle platform, which serves as the basis for the Armata T-14 tank and T-15 personnel carrier.

    "Both employ state-of-the-art armor, weapon systems, ammunition and fire-control systems," Davis observed. "The T-14 in particular appears to be just as survivable and deadly as the US Abrams tank. In 1991, the Abrams could have won a tank-on-tank engagement against possibly every potential enemy tank in the world." This appears to be no longer the case.

    The Russian Defense Ministry unveiled the Armata last year at the May 9 Victory Day military parade in Moscow.

    An infantry fighting vehicle T-15 with the Armata Universal Combat Platform
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    An infantry fighting vehicle with the Armata Universal Combat Platform at the final rehearsal of the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.


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