Saturday, August 29, 2015

Russia is reviving old Soviet-era armored trains for its $400 billion military plan

Story by Christopher Harress, International Business Times and posted to Business Insider website.

Tanks on a freight train shortly after its arrival at a railway station in the southern Russian town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, May 26, 2015. (Reuters photo)
The Russian military has begun reviving its old Soviet-era armored trains, a Czech Republic newspaper reported Friday. The revelation, which was hinted at earlier this month when the Russian minister of defense said that four of the armored trains could be recommissioned, is part of Russia's $400 billion project to modernize and expand its military.

The recommissioning of the trains comes as the Russian military prepares to introduce the T-14 Armata tank, which it will transport into conflict zones.
Russia's military modernization is expected to be complete by 2020.

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