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Russia's new Armata tank set for operational tests in 2016 — commander

August 14, 2015, 14:03 UTC+3 ALABINO (Moscow Region)
The new-generation tank boasts an unmanned turret, fully digitalized control and an isolated armored capsule accommodating the crew
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ALABINO (Moscow Region), August 14. /TASS/. The manufacturing tests of Russia’s newest Armata tank will be completed in 2016, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, Col.-Gen. Oleg Salyukov, said on Friday.

"Armata will undergo manufacturing tests. After that, a decision on operational trials and entry into service will be made," Salyukov said.

"The manufacturing tests will be completed in 2016," he added.

Armata is a heavy unified platform created for tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.

The new-generation tank boasts an unmanned turret, fully digitalized control and an isolated armored capsule accommodating the crew.

Armata’s main weapon is a 125 mm gun. In principle, the vehicle can be armed with a 152 mm gun, too.

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