The Australian Armed Forces used replicas of famous Russian Army military equipment as targets for their war drills.
The maker of the models, Gaard Tech, has published photos showing the replicas built at the request of the Australian Army.
These are copies of the T-80 tank and the Soviet-made BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle, according to Russian channel Zvezda.
The statement compares the similarities between the vehicles and agrees that the BMP-3 looked much like the original. In relation to the tank, its copy is not so precise, since some details are of the opposite side.
Asked by an Internet user whether the similarity of the BMP would be a coincidence, the manufacturer company responded that the vehicle looks more like the Russian-made BMS-4 infantry combat vehicle.
The first 3D Tank and PC static targets for @AustralianArmy live fire training. Rain and gale force winds could not stop the 2 man set up of these targets. @DG_TRADOC @cpyne @StevenCiobo thank you for you support and industry encouragement during our founding. @DefenceConnect pic.twitter.com/NThxWiY4i7
— GaardTech (@GaardTech) November 24, 2018
“The first 3D Tank and PC static targets for @ AustralianArmy live fire training. Rain and gale force winds could not stop the 2 man set up of these targets. @ DG_TRADOC @ cpyne @ StevenCiobo thank you for your support and industry encouragement during our founding,” Gaard Tech said from their Twitter account.
Australia has practically no armed conflict, which makes it “embarrassing” for the country to use replicas of Russian equipment. In addition, the media recalled that the Australian Defense Force fought side by side with the Americans in Korea, Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
In addition, Australia effectively serves as a satellite state for the USA in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite the significant economic advantages Australia can have with positive relations with Russia and China, Canberra opts to serve as Washington’s police force in Asia-Pacific. With China bound to become the world’s economic superpower, and Russia developing its Far Eastern region along, especially with the Pacific port of Vladivostok, Australia is missing an important opportunity to secure its economy by isolating itself from Asia-Pacific as it continues to have an Atlanticist mentality despite being located in Asia.