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Armata tank appears to be 30-year-old development of Germany

German journalists found that the much-hyped new Russian T-14 Armata tank was created by European developers 30 years ago.

Armata tank appears to be 30-year-old development of Germany

According to journalists at Die Welt, military experts analyzed the pictures of the tank presented at Victory Parade in Moscow and came to the conclusion that the concept of the Armata tank had been developed in Western countries 30 years ago. However, Armata outperforms its analogues, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Die Welt.

"After having analyzed the photos, Western experts came to the conclusion that the basic concept of the Russian tanks not only was developed in Western countries 30 years ago, but also was partly tested in Germany. Everything that seems to be new, was already invented and implemented in Germany," the article says.

Experts believe that developers of Armata replicated the design of the German Leopard 2 tank. At the same time, the Russian version of the tank has "clear advantages": the space for troopers is located deeper than usual, providing enhanced security.

Die Welt notes that most of the developments used by Russian scientists were made by their German counterparts, but the German authorities "did not have the money and will to put the project into practice." For example, unmanned tower and compact arrangement of the crew inside the military machine was invented in Germany in the 90s.

It should be recalled that during the final rehearsal of the parade in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II, one of the T-14 Armata tanks died and stopped at Red Square right in front of the Mausoleum. The fighting vehicle stood a few minutes, and then it was evacuated.