Died Creator of the `flying tank`

Died Creator of the `flying tank`4 February 2008 in St. Petersburg 76 year of life died the chief designer of the T-80 Nikolai Popov, reports arms-TASS.Nikolai Popov headed the design Bureau of the Leningrad Kirov plant in 1968 at age 37 and directed it until 2000. In 1976, under his leadership, was created one of the most famous battle tanks of today T - 80, the world's first production tank to be equipped with a gas turbine engine, known for their dynamic characteristics of the "flying tank".Further Popov led the development of modified versions of the T-80, currently in service with armored forces of Russia and many other countries.Nikolai Popov embodied all the best in domestic and world history and in fact in the 80-ies of the last century was a leading designer of armoured vehicles in the country and one of the best in the world tank development", - said the head of the Federal service for defense contracts, Colonel-General Sergei Maev, long time head of Directorate of the Ministry of defense of Russia. Source: Dead the Creator of the "flying tank"".

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