The world’s largest tank manufacturer, Uralvagonzavod, and Russian-based plastic model manufacturer Zvezda LLC have agreed to begin production of scale models of the T-14 Armata main battle tank.
“The first batch — 10,000 tanks made of metal and plastic – will become available in stores in 2016,” Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) Deputy CEO Alexei Zharich told media.Zvezda Deputy CEO Artyom Radin added that the company already produces scale models of military hardware manufactured by UVZ, such as the T-90 main battle tank and TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrower system.
Along with the scale models of the Armata, Zvezda is about to begin producing scale models of the 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer and BMPT Terminator armored fighting vehicle.
“We also intend to export our merchandise abroad,” Radin said. “There are already prospective buyers in England who wish to purchase our models not as toys, but as collector’s items.”
According to Zharich, at some point scale models of Russian military hardware disappeared from the stores. “Our children played with models of foreign tanks,” he ruefully remarked.
The main purpose of the joint undertaking between UVZ and Zvezda is to make scale models of Russian armaments available once again for kids and dedicated enthusiasts across the country.