THE MOST HEAV­ILY ARMED

The Rus­sian T-90 (1993)

History Revealed - - BATTLE OF CAMBRAI DAWN OF THE TANK -

Nick­named ‘Vladimir’, the T-90 is a sur­pris­ingly light 48 tonnes, but it’s the fire­power that marks it out. Pos­sess­ing a 125mm smooth­bore can­non, the tank can also fire laser-guided mis­siles, mean­ing it can shoot down he­li­copters. In ad­di­tion, the T-90 comes with ex­ter­nally mounted .50-cal and 7.62-cal ma­chine guns, the for­mer be­ing re­motely op­er­ated from within the tank. Then there’s its mag­netic mine de­tec­tion sys­tem, able to dis­able mines with an elec­tro­mag­netic pulse.

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