Burnt tanks return to Russia, repair plants refuse repairs

KYIV ($1=29.64 Ukrainian Hryvnias) — Russian repair plants refuse to repair military heavy armored vehicles returned from the war in Ukraine. This includes mostly tanks and armored vehicles for the infantry. The reason: much of the equipment is returned with burnt bodies and repair is impossible. This is stated in a report of the Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Burnt tanks return to Russia, repair plants refuse repairs
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According to intelligence, there is a lack of components and money for this type of repair. The same report claims that directors of such repair plants are giving instructions not to accept such badly burned machinery for repair. At the moment, however, there is no officially confirmed information from the Russian side.

The less damaged equipment is being repaired on-site, Ukrainian intelligence also said. Moscow has created mobile repair teams that are sent to the battlefield and are supposed to repair less damaged and unburned equipment on the spot, installing new parts and assemblies.

The sanctions

Ukrainian intelligence continues to claim that Russian industry has not yet overcome its dependence on Western technology and that economic sanctions are having a serious impact. In April this year, the US also mentioned problems in Russian production and repair of military equipment. In a speech at the end of March, Thea Kendler, assistant secretary for export administration at the Ministry of Trade, said that in addition to Uralvagonzavod, the Russian company Baikal Electronics was experiencing difficulties. It is a company producing computers and semiconductors. According to Kendler, the company no longer receives integrated circuits. They are needed, she says, to maintain the company’s server equipment.

Burnt tanks return to Russia, repair plants refuse repairs
Photo credit: Defense Express

Kendler recalled that only 5% of imports to Russia come from the United States, but almost 50% come from Europe. At the same time, Taiwan has dealt a very serious blow to Russia’s military industry as the local TSMC has left the Russian market. TSMC is the world’s largest chip maker. With the departure of the Russian market from TSMC, Russia is losing a huge number of MIPS needed in the development of military intelligence systems and other military systems. In particular, it concerns the interruption of access to Elbrus chips.

The Kremlin is mobilizing businesses

More recently, the Kremlin decided to carry out a full mobilization of enterprises in Russia. According to Ukraine’s intelligence, it was precisely the problems with the repairs of the returned military equipment that caused Russian President Vladimir Putin to resort to this move.

It is expected, the Ukrainian intelligence report says, that very soon a law will appear in Russia that will oblige legal entities to enter into contracts under state orders on military terms. This means working night shifts, working on holidays and weekends, and changing vacations. In Russia, however, contracts concluded under military conditions do not provide for overtime compensation. This law, Ukraine says, will deserve material assets from the state reserve, mobilization capacities, and sites.

There were signals already in May

Reports of problems with heavy military equipment and the inability to carry out quality repairs, both in the field and in the repair plants of the Russian Federation, appeared as early as May. Several train sets were then seen transporting obsolete T-62M and T-62МВ tanks into the interior of Ukraine, the tanks being mobilized and taken from the reserve as well as from the inventory of military units in Tajikistan, Libya, and Syria.

According to unconfirmed information and according to Ukrainian sources, as of July 1, Russia has already lost over 1,500 tanks, 3,737 armored personnel vehicles, 800 artillery systems, 246 MLRS, and 105 anti-aircraft systems.

Ukraine has same problems

Last but not least, the situation from the point of view of problems with the repair of heavy armored vehicles in Ukraine is the same. Kyiv is experiencing a greater shortage of components, assemblies and spare parts for its heavy equipment. A large part of the repair factories were completely destroyed already in the first weeks of the war with Russia. Ukraine was forced to seek partnership among neighboring countries, EU and NATO member countries for the repair of armor equipment and managed to get such help from a large part of them.

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Ukraine has so far lost 350 anti-aircraft missile systems, nearly 4,000 tanks, 3,000 artillery and mortar guns, and nearly 4,000 different infantry fighting vehicles.


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