Since the late 2000s, the Russian defense industry has undertaken to design a new generation of armoured combat vehicle, represented by the Armata family or the infantry fighting and troop transport vehicles Kurganet-25 or Bumerang . Aware of its limited means, but determined to regain the advantage over NATO forces, considered as enemies in the Russian defense doctrine, the military authorities have chosen to preserve the numerical advantage resulting from the immense park armoured vehicles inherited from the Soviet era, rather than resizing their forces in proportion to the only new technologies, much more expensive, as did the Europeans. In fact, Moscow has started modernizing a large number of its armoured vehicles, in order to extend their lifespan and operational efficiency beyond 2030, allowing new generations of armoured vehicles to enter service gradually.
Traditionally, Russian forces have used a very large number of different vehicles, themselves available in several variants, making it difficult to understand the overall military power of the country. However, certain large families of armoured vehicles represent today the main part of the Russian armoured battle corps.
T72-B3M battle tank
Designed in the late 60s, the T72 is today the main battle tank of the Russian forces, with more than 2300 units in service. The modernized version, the T72B3M, began to be delivered in 2017, following on from the B3 version which has delivered more than 1600 copies so far. The B3M is a 45 ton tank equipped with a 125mm 2A46M5 autoloading gun.
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