Just a quick look at the numbers, these are approximate figures. Its always hard to tell how many are in reserve and in what state. If anyone has more accurate figures please share them.
10,000 BMP 1's
6,500 BMP 2's
2,400 BMD 1's
1,500 BMD 2's
as well 3,000 field artillery pieces.
and i am sure there will be many more various vehicles including the BTR 152/50/60/70/80, BDRM 2's, ZSU 23-4's, T-55's, T-62/64's, PT-76's, FROG-7's, Tochka's and air defence vehicles.
And this is just for vehicles just think of the reserves for the Air forces, fixed wing, transport, helicopters etc.
so this makes me ask why??? and what to do with them???
of course some need to be kept incase of war, but the rest and just rusting away or gathering dust. Some of the vehicles could have upgrades done to them and offered for export to poor nations, but some are too old to be of much use other than being used for riot control, sold for scrap, sold as collectors vehicles or sold to museums.
I read somewhere recently that the Russians were developing a new artillery recce vehicle based on the BMP 1.
The MT-LB's are probably the most useful and versatile of the vehicles above they have been used for loads of different uses.
when i was in Cambodia i saw a T-55 chassis with a 140mm BM-14 on top of it.
So if anyone has any information, ideas for upgrades, or views on this please share.
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