The final rehearsal for Russia’s Victory Day parade featured a new edition to the country’s defense arsenal: the Armata tank.
Russia plans to bring the Armata fully online by next year and have 2,300 vehicles ready by 2020. Monday was the first time it was shown fully uncovered, The Associated Press reported.
The Armata will be one of 200 pieces of military equipment the Russians will showcase during Saturday’s parade, which marks the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, AP reported Monday.
The tank is the first to have an internal armored capsule housing its three-man crew and a remotely controlled turret with an automatic weapons loading system, AP reported.
It is unclear whether recent sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and its connection to ongoing unrest in eastern Ukraine will delay the Armata’s production timeline.