Russia’s new weaponry and military technology have garnered attention from countries all around the world. The formerly communist country has heavily increased its military spending in recent years—in 2015 alone, Russia spent $66.4 billion on arms. These modernization efforts have been made possible by the country’s economic resurgence through oil and gas revenues. While some United States administrations have given little concern to Russia’s threats, what we’re seeing now are many calculated and drastic changes under Vladimir Putin’s administration.
Here’s a roundup of the most notable fighter jets, tanks, and military technologies.
10. The Newest Super Tank
The T-14 Armata super tank is the “most revolutionary tank in a generation,” according to a U.K. Ministry of Defence report.
“For the first time, a fully automated, digitized, unmanned turret has been incorporated into a main battle tank,” the intelligence report added. “And for the first time, a tank crew is embedded within an armored capsule in the hull front.”
9. The Su-35S Multirole Fighter
The Sukhoi Su-35 is a single-seat, twin-engine multirole fighter jet first designed in the 1980s. The first Su-35 prototype took its maiden flight in June 1988. Over the following decades, the jet was modified and eventually modernized. The Russian Air Force ordered 98 production units of the newly revamped jet.
8. The Sukhoi PAK FA T-50
The Sukhoi PAK FA is single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet that’ll be the first aircraft in Russian service using stealth technology. It’s planned to have supercruise, stealth, supermaneuverability, and advanced avionics. It lines up with the United States F-22 fighter jet—more on that later.
Take a look at the pilot helmet in the next photo…
7. The Advanced T-50 Pilot Helmet
Inside the T-50’s glass cockpit are an ejection seat, life support system, and oxygen generating system that’s capable of producing an unlimited oxygen supply. A new helmet, pictured here, has a mounted sight and display. The helmet also features target designation and display systems, night vision goggles, and much more.
6. Supersonic Flight And Radar
The T-50 is equipped to sustain supersonic flight and has a supersonic range of 930 miles. At subsonic speeds, that range rises to over 2,000 miles. The jet has positioning radars in its wings and, while they’re useful for determining the position of other stealth fighters, the radars make this plane highly observable on other radar systems when they’re activated.