North Korea once again showed a tank of its own production, which experts have previously considered a kind of hybrid of the Russian T-14 Armata tank and the American M1 Abrams.
The photo that appeared was taken during the opening ceremony of the "Self Defense - 2021" state defense development exhibition marking the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (TPK).
In the published shot, you can see a tank, which is mounted on the left side of the stage. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is also seen in the background, delivering a speech at the opening of the exhibition and then inspecting the weaponry on display.
North Korea first demonstrated its new main battle tank in 2020 at a military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the TPK. The North Korean side did not publish any specific information about the technical characteristics of the new model, but Western experts said that the DPRK tank resembles several combat vehicles of other countries at once.
The National Interest wrote that the chassis design of the North Korean tank strongly resembles the Russian Armata and partially resembles the Chinese VT-4, also known as the MBT-3000. In addition, experts noted that the turret of the vehicle from North Korea is designed similarly to the turret of the American M1A2 Abrams. At the same time, the defense installed on the North Korean model bears a certain resemblance to the Afganit active defense system, which the Armata is equipped with.