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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Brand-New Missile and Tank Being Built for Army

The armed forces will receive a new submarine-based intercontinental ballistic missile next year and a new type of tank in 2009, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Makarov said Saturday.

Makarov said the nuclear submarine Yury Dolgoruky, equipped with the Bulava missile, would become part of the Navy.

Tests of the missile are almost completed and "we will get it in 2008," he said.

The Bulava is a flagship project that President Vladimir Putin has said can pierce any anti-missile shield. The Bulava is designed for Russia's new Borei, or Arctic Wind, class nuclear submarines. The first, long-delayed submarine of the class was launched in April.

In 2009, Makarov said, the army will receive a new type of tank "with an entirely new chassis, weapons, target-recognition and fire-control systems." The Ground Forces are currently equipped with T-90, T-72 and T-80 tanks.

"Now we are carrying out tests, which we plan to complete next year, and in 2009 the new tank will go into production," he said.

The military currently has two tanks in the works -- the Black Eagle, created in the 1990s by the Omsk tank design bureau and first shown to public in 2004 -- and the T-95, created by Uralvagonzavod. Few details on the T-95 are publicly available.

The military declared 5,063 tanks deployed in the European area in 2007. Putin recently signed a law suspending the country's participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, a step that allows it to deploy more forces close to Western Europe.