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Russia remains reliant on legacy armour amid delays to next-generation systems

21st May 2020 - 14:30 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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Five years after the spectacular public debut of new-generation platforms such as Armata, Kurganets, Bumerang and Koalitsiya-SV at the lavish annual Victory Day parade in Moscow, the Russian Ground Forces are still taking delivery of upgraded versions of Cold War-era armoured vehicles.

The near-term prospects for induction into service of the new platforms are still vague, despite optimistic declarations in recent months.

Immediately before Victory Day on 9 May this year (a scaled-back affair because of concerns over COVID-19), the Russian MoD released information on its procurement plans for new and upgraded armour and long-range artillery systems to

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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