"Breakthrough" - before the end of the year: the western direction will be reinforced with T-90M tanks
New equipment will be a response to the deployment of NATO forces in the region
The Russian Defense Ministry will equip new units in the western direction with the most modern T-90M Proryv tanks. According to the main characteristics, they are not inferior to the promising T-14 "Armata". The military department has already announced the emergence of new army formations in the Western Military District (ZVO) as a response to NATO actions. According to experts, today tanks are still considered the main weapon of the battlefield, and the Breakthrough is the most modern vehicle that surpasses many analogues in foreign countries.
Ordered to the West
The number of the latest T-90M "Breakthrough" tanks in the ZVO will be increased, Izvestia's sources in the military department said. The fundamental decision to supply the latest combat vehicles has already been made. The timing of the deployment of additional "Breakthroughs" will depend on the implementation of the state defense order. "Nineties-Emki" will go both to re-equip existing military units, and will go to the newly formed ones.
The build-up of Russian troops on the western frontiers began only in the last decade. Prior to that, for a long time the capital was practically not covered. In Soviet times, the Moscow Military District was the rear. When, after 1991, it became a border division, it turned out that the only forces west of Moscow were the "court" Taman motorized rifle and Kantemirovskaya tank divisions. In the future, the strengthening of the western borders began. The First Guards Tank Army was recreated, new units and formations were formed. In May last year, the head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergei Shoigu, announced that by January 1, 2022, about 20 new formations and units would appear in the Western Military District. He called it a response to the activity of NATO countries, led by the United States, which are increasing the intensity of flights and the presence of warships near Russian borders.
“The actions of our Western colleagues are destroying the security system in the world and are forcing us to take adequate countermeasures. We are constantly improving the combat composition of the troops,” the minister said and promised to equip the troops with 2,000 units of modern equipment and weapons systems.
Exactly one year later, on May 20, 2022, the head of the military department announced that by the end of December, Russia would form 12 new military units in the Western Military District against the backdrop of threats at the borders. According to him, these threats are growing: only the intensity of US strategic aviation flights in Europe has increased 15 times, and the visits of US Navy ships to the Baltic Sea have become systematic. Among the threats, the minister also named Finland and Sweden joining NATO. Shoigu added that this year the troops of the Western Military District will receive more than 2,000 units of modern weapons and military equipment.
“It is clear that some of the units being created will belong to the ground forces, some to air defense, some to aviation,” military expert Alexei Leonkov explained to Izvestia. - What exactly will be created is still unknown. But if we talk about ground units, then it is impossible to do without armored units. In addition, we must understand that in the West, in the event of a hypothetical conflict, not Soviet vehicles will fight against us, as they do now, but NATO tanks: Leclercs, or Leopards, or Abrams.
There are no equals against these T-90 tanks. Although there were never any military clashes with them. But "Breakthrough" has already been made taking into account the combat capabilities of promising anti-tank systems, it has a new dynamic protection system. And besides, he received new ammunition, including sub-caliber feathered shells.
Recently, tanks have become one of the main weapons of the battlefield, military expert Vladislav Shurygin reminded Izvestia.
- This is the only artillery system that can confidently and effectively operate directly under enemy fire. The T-90M "Breakthrough" is a very powerful machine, which is considered one of the best in the world. Such machines are needed on the western frontier. But in the event of a conflict, we will act in the south, where there are forest-steppes and steppes. And there tanks show their best side. The creation of new military units in the Western Military District is a response to the strengthening of the NATO grouping near the borders of Russia. We cannot afford to be limited to the same composition as before, the expert explained.
The T-90M "Breakthrough" is the most modern representative of Russian tank building in service. According to its characteristics, it is almost identical to the "tank of the future" T-14 "Armata", only slightly inferior in terms of driving performance and armor protection. But the firepower of both machines is about the same. The upgraded T-90M is equipped with an improved 2A46M5-01 gun and a powerful diesel engine. The machine is equipped with an automated fire control system "Kalina" and a remotely controlled anti-aircraft machine gun "Kord-MT".
The upgraded vehicle and its crew are much more protected than the T-72 and T-80 family tanks. Anti-fragmentation screens made of Kevlar fabric are installed inside the fighting compartment, and the main ammunition load is placed in a special box behind the turret. In addition, armor has been noticeably enhanced.
Since the middle of the last decade, the military department has been conducting a kind of rotation of the Russian tank fleet. Machines of the T-80 family with gas turbine engines are sent to serve in the Far East and the Arctic, in the conditions of which they show exceptional reliability. And the T-72B3 tanks serve in a less severe climate. However, in recent years, the Ministry of Defense has been replacing these vehicles with the T-90M Proryv. All T-90s that are in operation are brought to this modification. In 2020, tank units of the Taman Guards Motorized Rifle Division received new vehicles, in the past - the 27th Separate Sevastopol Motorized Rifle Brigade from the capital.
Izvestia has already written that the military department will reinforce the troops of the Western Military District with units of Mi-8AMTSh-VN Sapsan helicopters. They provide special forces operations, and are also capable of delivering high-precision strikes in the rear of a potential enemy. "Peregrine falcons" can operate in any weather day and night.