Friday, January 27, 2023

Russia’s export-centered T-90S fell into hands of Ukrainian Soldiers

A Russia’s T-90S tank, which was originally meant for export, has been captured by Ukrainian troops.

Multiple photos of the captured T-90S, which is the export version of the T-90 in service with the Russian army, were published on social media.

Russia faces depleting armor reserves after ten months of significant losses in Ukraine and apparently decided to divert to its own forces T-90S tanks that were initially bound for export customers.


T-90S is made for export customers, potentially including Algeria, India, Turkmenistan and Vietnam.

As noted by the Russian state arms export agency Rosoboronexport, the T-90S is an advanced version of the T-series of Russian tanks, offering increased firepower, mobility and protection and it is designed for the export market.

On top of that, the Ukraine Weapons Tracker OSINT group posted a picture of what it says is the first loss of a T-90S tank.

“The first loss of a Russian T-90S, a type originally intended for export, has been spotted,” the OSINT group said in a Twitter post.

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