Russian dictator Mad Vlad Putin has been dealt a fresh blow after his own troops told him his brand new “revolutionary” tanks were rubbish.
The brand new T-14 Armata was supposed to be the new benchmark for the next generation of tanks and even came complete with its own toilet, but things have been far from smooth for it so far with plans to get it to the front in Ukraine going down the drain.
The sinister-looking killing machines were once described by a senior British military official as “the most revolutionary tank in a decade," but such fears have since been flushed away with the new weapon winning few fans among members of the Russian military.
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According to Newsweek, the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted on Wednesday (January 25) that Russian commanders had begun “reluctantly” accepting deliveries of the new-era weapons and there are now some suggestions they could be deployed in Ukraine.
Writing on Twitter, the MoD said that Russian troops in Ukraine had been "reluctant to accept the first tranche of T-14 allocated to them because the vehicles were in such poor condition”.
Such claims were not verified by the Ministry, but it is thought that delays and problems in their production have likely played a part in the process.
First revealed in 2015, the T-14 is thought to have suffered a number of problems with its development that have slowed down the process of getting the weapons to the front line.
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Envisigined as the new main battle tank of the Russian army, the T-14 has caused some alarm among Russia ’s rivals, including the UK, which led to a briefing from a senior British military official seen by the Telegraph label it worthy of, "its billing as the most revolutionary tank in a generation."
"Without hyperbole, Armata represents the most revolutionary step change in tank design in the last half-century," it said.
The briefing continued: “For the first time, a fully automated, digitised, unmanned turret has been incorporated into a main battle tank.
“And for the first time, a tank crew is embedded within an armoured capsule in the hull front".
The tank even comes with an onboard toilet so troops don't need to take any unnecessary risks during a firefight.
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