Thursday, April 25, 2024

Russia loses 22 T-90M tanks that Putin calls world’s best

Russia has potentially lost up to half of its most advanced operational tank fleet since the start of the Ukraine war, including the newest T-90M Proryv (Breakthrough), which President Vladimir Putin called the world’s best.

In an interview with pro-Russian military bloggers, Putin on Tuesday said that the so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine has confirmed that the T-90M Proryv is the world’s best main battle tank.

“Today, we can say that the T-90M Proryv is the world’s best tank. As soon as it approaches positions, no chance is left for anyone or anything. It fires to a longer range and more accurately. It also has better protection,” Putin said.

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Putin cited a Russian soldier’s story about a T-90M tank hitting a roadside bomb. “It simply apparently jumped up and a man inside was injured not by the shell but because he simply bumped pretty hard. The tank remained intact,” the Russian president said.

The state media have called the T-90M Proryv the most advanced armored vehicle in the family of T-90 main battle tanks and most of all fit for modern warfare thanks to its all-round armor protection, top-notch all-weather highly automated fire control and enhanced survivability.

Meanwhile, the Dutch open-source intelligence website Oryx, which has been collecting visual evidence of military equipment losses, said that the Russian army has lost at least 22 T-90M tanks since Russia’s invasion began on February 24, 2022.

There could be more and even if these numbers are off a bit one way or the other, it’s clear Russia has lost a significant number of its modern military vehicles and heavy equipment so far in its invasion of Ukraine.

Estimates indicate that perhaps only 100 or so examples were in service at the time Russia launched its latest invasion of Ukraine in late February.

The T-90M is the latest main battle tank to enter frontline Russian service and it is the upgrade version of Soviet-era T-72 family main battle tanks. In this regard, the new tank inherited all the same conceptual flaws of its predecessor, such as the rounds for the main gun are stored directly underneath the turret, poor protection against modern anti-tank systems, and the lack of modern onboard electronics.

The T-90M seems as vulnerable as other Russian armor to Western-designed anti-tank weapons.

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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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