34 thoughts on “New Russian Combat Machines”

    • Hi!

      It isn’t the Buran (the only soviet shuttle that went to space and it was destroyed in an accident in Baikonur few years ago). In fact, it’s the OK-2.01, the third shuttle in construction when the project was stopped in 1993.

      This spacecraft was half-restored last year and was shown at Zhukovsky Airport in the MAKS-2011 Air Festival. I think the pictures were taken there.


      • Yeah, it’s just a non-flying copy of the copy of the US Space Shuttle the Soviets made. As Stalin said when noting the Russians copied a German projector but used weaker metal for the spring, they couldn’t even make good copies for the people. It’s all copied technology from the looks of it.

        • Looks can be deceiving. In this case they ARE deceiving. Despite bearing a superficial resemblance to the US space shuttle, the Buran is better and more capable. It can launch and land in horrible conditions. How many times has NASA had to delay launches due to weather conditions. It can also do most of what the shuttle can do, except without risking the lives of a manned crew on board (Challenger and Columbia).

          • Vorontsevich, I’m all for you having pride in your country, but how can you seriously try to say the Buran was better when it never even made it into space. It’s easy to claim it could launch and land in horrible conditions when it was never put to the test nor will it ever be put to the test.

            • Lol. What makes you think it never made it into space, or that it was never put to the test? Do a little research before talking complete B.S.


        • Chico,

          This shuttle would have been the 3rd 100% orbital spacecraft of the family. Please, visit this link:



          PS: Soviet shuttles would have been better than the US ones. They could fly without pilot, their cargo bay were bigger, it could carry more people…

          • Haplo, it’s easy to say it would have been better. But being that it never went to space that is just theory and your opinion, not a fact.

        • This is not a COPY. This is completely different spaceship, which have only same principe, but not construction.
          Engines, hull, thermal protection, windows – everything made from scratch by russians, no any americans reseaches used for this.
          And we made better shuttle, only Gorbatchev`s betrayal and fall of USSR stopped Buran program.

  1. Is that the Potemkin Buran in the background? –It would be nice if they could do a decent job restoring it.

    • “Self-Propelled Artillery”, not a tank.

      The armor is relatively light, and the concept is for ‘go-anywhere’ artillery support that can move at the speed of a mechanized division.

  2. To be precise. Thats not Buran. Its either the third or fourth shuttle built. The original Buran was wrecked due to a “hangar accident”.

    • They just throw everything they have out there, most of which is just copies of other countries’ technology like the space shuttle.

      • Yes. I’m sure thats very comforting when you have to hitch rides on OUR Soyuz. But then again, even Soyuz was a “copy” of someone else’s technology (atleast, according to your logic).

  3. Such mechanized weapons of modern times will create success on the market; Those sophisticated weapons; could make propaganda the way which is usual of USA, not just sale some, also to tell the men acting like kids, to watch that weapons not going to be to play around. The mass destruction not just by using nuclear or hydrogen type of weapons; many of those could create desire to go forward saying, do not bull with me. That is why should demolish all Weapons of Mass Destruction, like all kinds of nuclear and hydrogen bombs, those could melt the glaciers, special in the South Pole, because if that real melt, good by child we all going to were no man ever been before, to hell. or vanish for bad and not good. A.Oscar

    • Mercal, ask the Arab countries how well these vehicles held up against Western weapons. They do the job they were designed to do, but to say they make the best is nuts. They do not even come close to matching the Abrams, LeClerc, Leopard II, or Challanger. That is a fact.

      • Lol

        Here is something you probably overlooked, or more likely, didn’t even know. The Arab countries never had anything depicted in the pictures above. The closest they ever came to was heavily downgraded export versions.

        Maybe you might wanna stick to blabbing about stuff you actually know something about.

        • And before you go on blabbering about Iraqi tanks in 1991, look up the Iraqi version (Asad Babil, they were called I think) and compare them to the orginal T-72. Then compare them to the upgraded T-72BM (the version actually used by Russia). You would find not slight difference, but that they are almost completely different tanks.

          As for your statement, “They do not even come close to matching the Abrams, LeClerc, Leopard II, or Challanger. That is a fact.”, thats just B.S on your part, and illustrates how much you know about tanks and weapons.

      • I haven’t had a good argument with anyone on ER for a while, so I’ll just go on.

        Take your statement, “They do not even come close to matching the Abrams, LeClerc, Leopard II, or Challanger. That is a fact.”. Here’s just one example. The mighty Abrams can’t stand upto multiple RPG hits (all it takes is one hit to the engine at the rear). In Dagestan, T-90s proved that they could not only survive multiple RPG (7) hits but still keep on fighting. Why? Because they had an active protection system called Arena. Heard of it? Probably not.

    • Lol, what? There is no such thing. If you mean the one with the XL size barrel, it’s a self-propelled gun, Msta. Not a “torpedo launcher”.

  4. vorontsevich, you’re a funny guy, of course of course my good boy, russia sells extra crappy export hardware to other countries that just looks like their own crap, but in reality russia’s hardware is highly sophisticated within, it was just made to look crappy to distract and deceive durak Americans right!?? i guess that’s russia’s concept of “stealth” make it look ever crappier than it already is. seriously man, you are dancing way to much to the sound of your own drums here. russia even had troubles dealing with the georgians. they are in a desperate state beyond repair. but they are however very entertaining.

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