‘Natasha’ of Mass Destruction: How Moscow and NATO Nickname Russian Weapons

Traditionally, any kind of weapon in Russia, including a tank, a pistol or an aircraft, is given an official alphabetic or alphanumeric designation.

But in everyday life, the country’s designers and the military refer to Russian weaponry by official and unofficial nicknames, something that is also the case with NATO representatives.

In this vein, it is worth pointing to a systemic approach related to the nicknames of some kinds of weapons.