Hollywood special effects company Westefx has delivered dozens of Russian T-72 super tank clones to the US Army.
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According to the Army Times, the US Army has long used the Visual Change Toolkit (VisMod) to make temporary rivals just like real-life rivals. However, recently the US Army Guards has made a further decision.
To develop the new VisMod, the National Guard Department signed a contract with Westefx, which was in charge of effects for films like Taken and James Bond. The new kit provided by Westefx helped transform the Humvees into something identical to the T-72 battle tanks and BTR-90 armored tanks. T-72 tanks have been shipped around the world and have been deployed in many places.
A total of 60 kits were installed on Humveee cars at the Orchard Combat Training Center, nearly 30km from Boise (Idaho).
Westefx owner and chief designer Erick Brenna said the new kit they provided to the army would help soldiers accurately identify enemy vehicles.
The use of clones on the US Army is much more cost effective than buying a tank from a foreign manufacturer. In addition, installing the kit on a Humvee is much cheaper than installing it on Abrams or Bradley tanks.
“A Humvee costs about $ 30,000 plus maintenance costs of $ 5,000 per year, while the cost of a M1A1 tank is much higher. Moreover, the Army does not have 60 tanks available just to place somewhere, ”said one sergeant sergeant.