RUSSIA deployed a "decoy army" of inflatable tanks, missiles and fighter jets to "trick the West" amid Ukraine tensions.
Putin's decoys, which can inflate within minutes, were seen in woods close to the capital city Moscow this week.
The army said: “The inflatable equipment is nearly identical to the original thanks to the use of special materials.
"It also has the same radiation background so that an enemy does not notice the deception.”
Rusbal, the company behind the blow-up forces, said the cost of fooling the enemy is a fraction of buying the real weaponry.
Among the armoury is what looks like a MiG-31 and Su-27 fighters under the cover of an anti-aircraft missile system at a mock covert airfield in the forest.
A report on the Russian Defence Ministry's TV channel Zvezda said: “Tanks, aviation and air defence systems were moved to Moscow region so that ‘an enemy’ had a chance not only to find a hidden aerodrome, but to obtain satellite pictures, too.”
It shows the 45th engineer-camouflage regiment “armed with the most unusual equipment of the Russian army”.
It comes amid growing tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
Russia deploys ‘decoy army’ of inflatable tanks, missiles & fighter jets to ‘trick the West’ amid Ukraine tensions
The superpower's blow-up army was used for nation-wide military exercises.
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