The Russian military published a video of their latest variant of armoured aircraft to date on their official channel, TV Zvezda. The Vladimir Putin-led state is upgrading its fleet of Sukhoi Su-25 attack planes, some fear in preparation for World War 3. The Su-25, known as the “flying tank”, is among the most-used Russian aircraft.
In a video filmed from the cockpit, viewers watched as the aircraft took off from the ground to make combat manoeuvres.
The footage also showers fiery test weapons being launched from the side of the flying tank.
The test missiles are shot forward into the sky, leaving a long stream of white smoke behind them.
Another view of the aircraft is shown from underneath as it passes ahead, demonstrating its speed in real-time.
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The Su-25 has been used in over a dozen armed conflicts since the Russian intervention in Afghanistan.
It is known as the “flying tank” because of its heavy armour plating and overall resilience.
The aircraft’s main aim is to provide close air support for ground forces, taking out high-value enemy targets on the battlefield.
The test flight released specifically shows a pair of Su-25SM3s.
However, the concerns have now been addressed in the new upgrades.
Producers of the plane confirmed they took into account the experience gained from its use in Syria.
The plane is now more versatile due to a better all-weather targeting system, and can carry a wider range of modern bombs and missiles.
President Putin has been eager to show off the military might of his nation, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The leader held a massive World War II victory parade at the end of June after it was delayed from its annual May 9 date.