Saturday, July 13, 2024

Ukraine captures Russia’s ‘turtle rank’

Ukrainian forces have captured a fully intact example of Russia’s peculiar ‘turtle tank,’ as reported by Militarniy.

The capture also included the tank’s crew.

Footage circulating online shows the unique modified tank, characterized by its large, metal superstructure resembling a turtle shell. This structure is designed to protect the tank from drone strikes and shrapnel during assaults. The tank was initially immobilized on the frontline before being seized by Ukrainian troops.


While the turtle-like shell provides some defense against lighter armed first-person-view (FPV) drones and shrapnel, it offers minimal protection against heavier weapons and anti-tank rounds. Such projectiles can easily penetrate the metal shell and cause severe damage to the tank and its crew.

The captured footage reveals Ukrainian soldiers climbing into the metal superstructure and apprehending two Russian soldiers inside. The tank, now a trophy, has been transported to Ukrainian positions. Reports suggest that the tank and its crew were captured by the 22nd Separate Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Dylan Malyasov
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