Russia Reveals Its Latest Tank Is Controlled by a Playstation Gamepad

It's a form that has been perfected by decades and tested by millions of gamers over billions of hours - it works 

Fri, May 15, 2015
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This article originally appeared in the Daily Mail


It is one of Russia's newest military vehicles, designed to take soldiers into battle, while having the firepower of a tank.

Yet for many in Russia's military, controlling the Kurganets-25 will be easy.

Rather than a traditional steering wheel, it uses a controller based on Sony's Playstation gamepad.

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Scroll down for video The Kurganets-25 is an infantry fighting vehicle, which is a category of machine halfway between an armored truck and a full-size battle tank.

The vehicle is controlled using a gamepad.

On May 9th, the Kurganets-25 made its public debut as part of a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Russia's victory in World War II.

The new Russian armoured vehicle platform uses a device similar to a Playstation controller, the manufacturer's vice-president told Russian media.

The new Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle uses a 'console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad,' Tractor Plants vice-president Albert Bakov told state owned outlet Sputnik

'I spent two years on convincing the designers to make the console similar to a Sony Playstation gamepad, to make it easier for a young soldier to familiarize himself with it,' Bakov said.

 

According to Bakov, the idea of left-right coordination, as well as the fact that the gamepad form has been perfected for decades made it a good choice. 

The gamepad design is also safer and takes up less space than a steering wheel.

'As it turns out, a steering wheel is dangerous for the rib cage during an impact and when climbing out. It takes up more space but provides nothing,' Bakov added. 

The Kurganets-25 is an infantry fighting vehicle, which is a category of machine halfway between an armored truck and a full-size battle tank. 

The Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (Object 695) is currently undergoing trials in the Russian army and mass production is expected to start in 2016.

Although the specifications of the vehicle are still secret, it is believed it can transport eight troops in the back, while a three-person crew of driver, gunner, and commander operate the vehicle. 

It promises a top speed of 50 mph on its treads, and it has some amphibious ability. 

On top of the vehicle is a turret, which looks like it has a machine gun, a 30-mm cannon, and room for four anti-tank missiles.

The Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle (Object 695) is currently undergoing trials in the Russian army and mass production is expected to start in 2016.

 

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