T-90AM: The ‘flying’ tank

Tanks aren’t just meant to crush and destroy; they can dance and waltz, as seen at the annual military technology show at the Zhukovsky test centre near Moscow. Russia's newest T-90AM tank has put on a camouflaged cloth to protect its secrets.

The "dancing tanks" show was produced by Bolshoi Theater choreographer Andrey Melanyin. Nine armoured vehicles, including four tanks and a huge self-propelled gun are rolling and saluting their cannons in a stunning performance.

The new advanced Russian T-90AM tank was the highlight of the show. It was first presented last year at Nizhniy Tagil military equipment show. This year the tank rolled around Zhukovsky draped in camouflage to disguise secret components in the armour of the vehicle.

Though bearing a name of Russia's main battle tank T-90, the T-90AM is actually a brand new vehicle that could be as well named T-2012. Besides a new engine, active armour, a modernized 125 mm tank gun and advanced defence systems, this vehicle has some unique features.

T-90AM's flat turret is a module staffed with all kinds of innovative technologies and sensors to reveal and destroy targets. The tank is equipped with active armour to protect the vehicle from all known types of anti-tank missiles and shells. The tank's ammunition is isolated in a special module to prevent detonation inside the vehicle in case of it being hit. Reloading, as well as other mechanical processes in the vehicle are fully automated. The tank's 125 mm gun boasts the longest service life among its rivals.

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