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Is Russia making new tanks and planes to replace ones destroyed in the Ukraine war?

Opinion

As of today, Russia has no active tank manufacturing facilities. They were bringing the T14 to operational status and then inexplicably – no one knows why, shut down the production line with a cloud of excuses.

Much of the Russian effort is to rebuild older tanks, and we know that these tanks are being rushed forward. The only T-80UM2 in existence, an attempt to make the T-80 relevant, died in a blaze of proof that it is not any more relevant than any other Russian tank.

T-80 — 300 in active service and 2000 visible in tank parks. Russian intended to turn 500 T-80 into the T-80UM2 standard, but the one prototype was blown up. They could be working to convert tanks in parks to active weapons.

Is Russia making new tanks and planes to replace ones destroyed in the Ukraine war | latest news from nigerian newspapers today
Is Russia making new tanks and planes to replace ones destroyed in the Ukraine war | latest news from nigerian newspapers today

T-72 — 2000 in active service, and 2000 visible in tank parks. Most in service are B models. Russia will likely to trying to make some of these 2000 stored tanks active.

T-90 — 750 in service, efforts are underway to convert several hundred in storage to T-90M standard.

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So Russia has between 3000 and maybe 3500 tanks in the shop window and may be able to put several hundred a month into service. Social media posts show the destruction of at least 500. That leaves them with probably 2500 tanks, and they are not able to do more than throw obsolete tanks out with minimal work.

Chained in tanks rewrite — There are two conflating issues that made this a hard paragraph to write. 1. Kaliningrad and using tanks as pill boxes with possible crews of unwilling soldiers. This is often discussed and is apparently a possible tactic. 2. Russian soldiers and chained into fighting positions. This is apparently on an individual basis and is discussed by surrendering Russian soldiers. A soldier takes of, is caught by what is describe as a special police unit, who returns the soldier to their unit to be chained in their tank during duty hours. Combined – the possibility that Russians could resort to small crews chained in tanks used as pillboxes.

Second, Russia does not have stored tanks the way the US and Germany do does. The M1A1 Abrams in storage are maintained. If there was a trained crew for one, they could be put into service in under a month.

There is no evidence Russia maintains its tanks in storage.

By Nelson mckeeby