Russian Tank Transforms Into World's Largest Fruit Slicer

The stunt was part of a Russian arms show.

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Visitors to Russia’s Army 2019 arms show were treated to an interesting sight: a Russian main battle tank slicing fruit into pieces with a machete blade. The exhibition reportedly took place at Kubinka, outside Moscow.

The video shows a Russian T-80U main battle tank with a 2A46 125-millimeter gun. Usually the 2A46 is armed with armor piercing, shaped charge, or 9M119 Refleks anti-tank missiles, but for this demonstration the tank has been fitted with a decidedly low-tech weapon: a machete-like blade strapped to the tip of the barrel with pipe clamps.

The tank then proceeds to slice a watermelon, a Russian pear, and an apple into halves. It’s not clear why this was done, other than to perhaps show off the fine precision controls a tank gunner has at his disposal. Modern tanks can engage targets out to four thousand meters and the gun must be capable of very small adjustments to hit targets at very long distances. There’s no doubt it’s an entertaining trick.

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T-80U demonstrating agility by leaping a berm.
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The T-80U is a Cold War era tank still in Russian service. The older main battle tank was scheduled to be withdrawn from Russian service with the advent of the new T-14 Armata tank, but costs and technical difficulties with the latter have forced Moscow to rely on older vehicles like the T-80U.

Armies perform stunts with tanks all the time. The U.S. Army’s M1 Abrams tank was at once time run on tequila just to prove the gas turbine engine could do it. During the Cold War, the West German Army balanced a stein full of beer on the tip of a Leopard 2 tank, to demonstrate the tank’s ability to keep the main gun on target while the 60 ton vehicle was on the move.

In 2016, the Japan Ground Self Defense Force tried the trick with an older Type 74 tank and a glass of wine.

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