The new Russian floating tank "Octopus-SDM1" has characteristics that are ideally suited for use by Russia in the event of an attack on Ukraine. Writes about this The Mirror.
As the British edition notes, the "Octopus" is highly maneuverable and is able to effectively cross river systems on the territory of Ukraine. In addition, it can almost completely go under water, which prevents a potential enemy from taking a combat vehicle at sight.
According to The Mirror, at the beginning of the military conflict between Moscow and Kiev, such characteristics of the tank would allow Russia to use it in a coastal attack against the Ukrainian military. Thus, the "Octopus" is a serious threat to the security of Ukraine, the publication worries.
A source of the newspaper in the British Ministry of Defense suggested that the tests of the new tank are connected with the fact that Moscow plans to expand its influence in the Mediterranean. "Or they can prepare an offensive against Ukraine, during which the use of large tank formations with the possibility of landing will be required," he admitted.
The interlocutor of The Mirror warned that the presence of such combat vehicles in the Russian army would give it a significant advantage in terms of transportation and rapid deployment in coastal areas.
Earlier in July , it was reported that the "Octopus-SDM1" passed the first stage of state tests in marine conditions — the car was tested in the Black Sea. It was noted that during the first stage of testing, the new tank was able to demonstrate high water-carrying qualities.