Russia’s big Victory Day parade on Wednesday will feature a remote-controlled tank and other new weapons systems combat-tested in Syria.
The Uran-9 tank is armed with anti-tank rockets, a cannon and a machine-gun.
President Vladimir Putin restored the Soviet-era tradition of parading the latest armour and missiles on 9 May. It is the day Russians honour the millions who died fighting Nazi Germany.
New infantry buggies, drones and an anti-ship missile will also go on show.
Russia’s Gazeta.ru news reports (in Russian) that the Uran-9 and a “robot sapper” – a mine-clearing vehicle – called Uran-6 have both performed well for Russian forces fighting in Syria.
Russia has deployed special forces and a big array of warplanes to help Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against various rebel groups, including Islamic State (IS).
Gazeta.ru reports that the Uran-9 can locate a target itself but the decision to fire is taken by a commander sitting in an armoured truck up to 3km (1.8 miles) away.
The Uran-6 robot-sapper was used to clear mines in the Syrian hotspots of Palmyra, Aleppo and Deir al-Zour. Its controller steers it from a distance of up…