Handmade bizarre-looking anti-drone slat armor on Russian T-62 tanks

MOSCOW ($1=61.03 Russian Rubles) — In southeastern Ukraine, a column of Soviet-era Russian T-62 tanks with a strange-looking, apparently handmade, anti-drone and anti-Javelin slat armor was spotted near the most active front line in recent weeks.

Handmade bizarre-looking anti-drone slat armor on Russian T-62 tanks
Photo: Defence Blog

The “innovation” is something like a lamella armor raised above the tower, which should “pick up” the initial explosion from a bomb dropped from above by a drone or a missile of the Javelin system, thus preserving the entire structure of the tank, but most of all the tower with the armament and the crew in the tank.

In fact, such constructions have become a trademark of the Russian armed forces. As early as November 2021, BulgarianMilitary.com reported that a similar structure had been installed on a Russian T-80 tank, which had been spotted entering Crimea. In recent weeks, there have been reports that the T-72 is also receiving this “handmade innovation”.

Photo credit: Twitter

Bizarre-looking anti-drone slat armor is not the first do-it-yourself thing. Already in the first weeks of the war, Russian trucks carrying ammunition, fuel, food, and equipment through Ukrainian mud and forests were spotted with wooden armor placed on the radiators in front of them. The idea was that a bullet fired by Ukrainian forces would not damage the truck’s radiator, which means that the truck would continue to move and not stay in place without delivery.

Russian army uses trees and sandbags as armor in the Ukrainian mud
Photo credit: The Drive

BulgariaMilitary.com recalls that in early June Russia sent a large number of Soviet T-62 tanks to the front in Ukraine, which is a signal that the Russian armed forces are likely facing a shortage of modern heavy armored vehicles.

About T-62 tank

The T-62 is a Soviet main battle tank [MBT] designed and introduced in the early 1960s. It first entered service with the Russian ground forces in the same year and was produced until 1975. According to available information, nearly 22,700 units have been produced by this model tank.

Watch: Russia uses reserves and sends Soviet T-62 tanks to Ukraine

T-62 has dozens of modifications, including the American version. In the American version, the T-62 received a Caterpillar diesel engine and fitting of US radios and antenna mounts. The tank is used by the US Army for training.

Watch: Russia uses reserves and sends Soviet T-62 tanks to Ukraine
Photo: Wikipedia

The T-62 is still in service in dozens of countries, and at least as many are former tank operators. He has been involved in all known military conflicts from the 1960s to the present day. T-62 is designed by the OKB-520 design bureau and has been manufactured for many years by Uralvagonzavod.

The tank is operated by a four-member crew and weighs nearly 37 tons. The bumper of the T-62 is built as follows: 214 [242 after 1972] mm turret front, 153 mm turret sides, 97 mm turret rear and
40 mm turret roof. However, the body of the T-62 has a different sequential configuration of the bumper and it is as follows: 102 mm at 60° hull front, 79 mm hull upper sides, 15 mm hull lower sides, 46 mm at 0° hull rear, 20 mm hull bottom, 31 mm hull roof.

The T-61 is armed with a 115 mm U-5TS [2A20] smoothbore gun and a 7.62 mm PKT coaxial general-purpose machine gun. It was possible in the years of the last century to receive optional weapons such as a 12.7 mm DShK 1938/46 antiaircraft heavy machine gun.

Watch: Russia uses reserves and sends Soviet T-62 tanks to Ukraine
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The T-62 is powered by a single V-55 12-cylinder 4-stroke one-chamber 38.88-liter water-cooled diesel engine that delivers 581 horsepower. The suspension is a torsion bar type. The maximum speed that reaches the tank is up to 50 km / h and can cover the distance of 350 km with one full charge of the fuel tank.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russia Ukraine border, and claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR as independent states, according to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole, and Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

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On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as a “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines the military actions of the Russians as an invasion and war against the citizens of Ukraine.


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