MOSCOW ($1=60.38 Russian Rubles) — Russian media confirmed BulgarianMilitary.com’s assumption, which it made at the beginning of June this year. Then we got access to a video showing a large train set with 60 year old Russian T-62 tanks. BulgarianMilitary.com assumed at the time that the tanks were withdrawn from Tajikistan, Libya and Syria to replenish Russian losses on the Ukrainian front.
BulgarianMilitary.com’s guess turned out to be correct. Today, Rossiyskaya Gazeta [Russian Newspaper in English] officially confirmed that Soviet T-62 tanks are in use by the Russian Armed Forces. According to the article, the use of the T-62 is justified because these tanks “have retained their power”.
According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the T-62 tanks used in Ukraine have improved and modernized armor and a dynamic protection system. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that nearly three years ago, UralVagonZavod upgraded the armor of the T-62 specifically for the Russian forces in Syria. Last but not least, the updated Syrian T-62 tanks used by the Russians were given the opportunity to fire intensively after the UralVagonZavod reduced gas and dust particle contamination of the tank gun bore.
The use of the T-62 by the Russian army is logical. Losses of Russian heavy armored combat vehicles, especially tanks in the war in Ukraine exceeded 1,000 units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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