Russia deploys T-62M tanks to Ukraine

Reports had indicated the possibility for Russian forces of a deployment of T-62M tanks in Ukraine, an armored vehicle dating from the 60s. Recent photos published on social networks have confirmed the presence of these tanks in the Kherson region, in southern Ukraine. Recent photos published on social networks have confirmed the presence of T-62M tanks belonging to the Russian Army in Ukraine, more precisely in the Kherson region in the south of the country. The tanks were equipped, like what was widely observed on Russian T-72 and T-80 tanks, with a protective grid...

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Terminator, TOS-2 and Su-57, Russia deploys its new weapon systems in Ukraine

During the first two phases of the offensive against Ukraine, the Russian armed forces mainly relied on their most seasoned and best equipped units apart from a few elite units kept in reserve. This is the reason why, during the first weeks of the conflict, the documented Russian material losses were mainly composed of modernized armored vehicles such as the heavy tanks T-72B3 and B3M, T-80U and BVM, and some T-90A, as well as many BMP-2s, BMP-4s and other BMDs. The numerous losses recorded by the Russian armies during these two aborted phases led the General Staff to change strategy and revise its objectives, but also...

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Russian forces lost first T-90M heavy tank in Ukraine

With the exception of the T-14 Armata which is currently not in operational staffing in the Russian armies, the T-90M Proryv-3 (Breakthrough-3) is unquestionably the most modern tank, the best armed and the best protected in service with Russian units. However, the tank presented as a T-90 incorporating many elements from the T-14 Armata, in particular the 125 mm 2А82-1М gun and the Kalina fire control system, was only engaged in Ukraine at the end of April 2022. Although entering service in 2019, the T-90M is indeed a rare commodity within the Russian armed forces,…

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Lessons from the War in Ukraine: The Vulnerability of Frontline Armor

According to the Oryx site, which refers to the losses documented by both sides since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian armies have so far lost more than 550 heavy tanks, of which more than half were destroyed by anti-tank missiles, artillery strikes or by enemy tanks. The situation is essentially the same for armored combat vehicles (350 including 150 destroyed) and infantry combat vehicles (600 including 350 destroyed), which represents half of all front line armored vehicles deployed by the Russia around Ukraine before the fighting started. Fact,…

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How will the war in Ukraine transform strategic planning in Europe?

Just 3 weeks ago, very few in the West believed that Russia was indeed going to wage a global war of aggression on Ukraine. For many, the deployment of Russian force around Ukraine was intended to make President Zelensky bend over his NATO membership and the status of the breakaway republics of Donbass. For the best informed, like the General Staff of the French Armies, and as we discussed in an article of February 23, the military and political risks associated with such an offensive did not outweigh the potential benefits, so that such a decision appeared irrational and therefore little…

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Abrams, Challenger 3, Armata…: What are modern battle tanks worth? 2/3

After their planned disappearance was almost announced with the appearance of new weapon systems, the tank is once again becoming a key marker of the military power of an armed force, and this in all theaters. This article is the second of a series of 3 intended to present the main models of modern tanks which equip or will equip the armed forces in the world. A first article presented the German Leopard 2, the Chinese Type 99A, the Israeli Merkava Mk IV and the French Leclerc. This one features the American M1A2C Abrams, the British Challenger 3 and the Russian T-90M and T-14 Armata. A final article will present…

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US Congress imposes sanctions on Turkey for 2021

The 2021 US Defense Budget is today the subject of intense political contests between Congress and the Presidency of Donald Trump, on many subjects. But Congress has also fully seized this opportunity to control or neutralize certain excesses of foreign policy undertaken by President Trump in recent years. One of the most sensitive aspects on the international scene, particularly for Europe, of this American political showdown, is undoubtedly the obligation imposed on the American president, whoever he is, to implement the sanctions by CAATSA legislation against Turkey following the purchase of…

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The Terminator tank arrives in the Russian armies

Since its first public appearance in 2005, the Боевая машина поддержки танков or BMPT Terminator, meaning tank support combat vehicle, has at the same time generated many fantasies and speculations, as well as much skepticism on the part of certain specialists armours. The Russian armies themselves were far from being convinced of its usefulness alongside its T72, T80 or T90. In fact, the orders were homeopathic, and for testing purposes only. But when in 2018, the modernized Terminator 2 variant was sent to Syria for testing in a combat environment, the results obtained, it seems, ended…

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Russia prepares T-14 Armata replacement for 2040

After the failures of the Russian T80 tanks which entered Grozny in 1994 during the first Chechen war, and that of the American Abrams engaged against the Iraqi guerrillas, many experts predicted the imminent end of the Combat Tank concept, a heavily armored armed and protected intended to break the enemy lines as much by its firepower as by its psychological impact. According to them, the progress made by anti-tank weapons and the vectors that use them condemn the effectiveness of these weapon systems, in favor of much more mobile armored vehicles and air-land means. Obviously, the Russian General Staff does not share...

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India begins construction of 464 new T-90SK "Bhishma" heavy tanks

In 2019, the Indian authorities had signed, with Russia, the extension of the license for the construction of T-90 combat tanks by the Indian defense industry, with the authorization to build 464 new T-90S, called " Bhishma” in India, named after the guardian god of Indian mythology. The construction of these new tanks has now begun, and will enable New Delhi to equip 8 new regiments of heavy tanks intended to be positioned on the eastern border facing China. Once the contract is executed, the Indian armed forces will have more than 2000 T-90s arming 32 armored regiments, each with 45 combat tanks…

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