Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Bizarre Russian tank spotted in Ukraine

Some of the upgraded main battle tanks Russia pulled from storage and sent to Ukraine have been spotted on the battlefield sporting bizarre metal protective shields humorously dubbed the “Iron Mess.”

Ukrainian defenders spotted an unconventional sight on the battlefield: a T-72 tank outfitted with a massive metal shield resembling a building-sized dome. A bizarre look tank has been sighted on the move during a recent attack on the Ukrainian position.

Russian engineers crafted the massive ‘cope cage’ defensive structure to counter the growing menace of Ukrainian suicide drones. This “innovative” adaptation provides added protection against aerial threats. However, the tank’s crew faces limitations in visibility and turret rotation due to the shield’s design. Nevertheless, Russian military experts justify these drawbacks as necessary compromises to mitigate the heightened risk posed by Ukrainian drone attacks.


Despite the vast numbers of tanks and armored vehicles deployed by both sides in the conflict, direct engagements are relatively rare. Instead, combatants often fall victim to a myriad of anti-tank weapons, suicide drones, and mines. The deployment of the “Iron Mess” tank underscores the evolving nature of modern warfare, where low-cost adaptability and innovation are paramount in countering emerging threats.

As the war persists, both sides continue to explore unconventional tactics and technologies to gain an edge on the battlefield.

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Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov
Dylan Malyasov is the editor-in-chief of Defence Blog. He is a journalist, an accredited defense advisor, and a consultant. His background as a defense advisor and consultant adds a unique perspective to his journalistic endeavors, ensuring that his reporting is well-informed and authoritative. read more



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