“Flying” tank to be submerged
The regional government press informs us that improvements were made to the testing grounds the 242-training centre especially for demonstrating new military technology at the “VTTV-Omsk-2009” event. The embankment area of the testing ground has been increased to demonstrate small arms and hardware in the firing range. The obstacle course has been reconstructed to further test the off-road capabilities of military vehicles. More specifically, the series of mounds for wheeled vehicles has been changed and the steepness increased. Additional work was also carried out on the water section of the centre, which will be used to demonstrate water-traversing characteristics of both armoured and engineering vehicles. The main body of water is now 4 metres deep, which will put the special features of the Omsk T-80U to the test.
The firepower and off-road capabilities of around 30 different types of military and dual-purpose equipment will be shown at the 242 paratrooper-training centre. Vehicles in the demonstration will include: the modified T-80 and T-90 tanks, the upgraded T-55 and T-62 tanks, as well as the BTRT, BMP, MTU-90 bridging tank and a range of UAZs. Experts say that the Omsk testing facility is one of the most equipped in the world. Before “VTTV-Omsk” a series of steps were taken to improve the facilities and academic resources at the centre with funds from the regional budget. The construction of a BMD-2 directrix and testing track superior to any similar foreign or domestic set-ups are just a few of the many improvements made.