franco Mon Mar 27, 2023 4:56 am
As the Vedomosti newspaper reported in an article by Alexei Nikolsky and Ilya Lakstygal, “The armed forces will receive 1,500 tanks in 2023. This number will also include modernized vehicles removed from storage,” Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev became the first leader since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine to name the annual production of one of the main types of combat platforms actively used in hostilities - the main battle tanks.
“Our enemies believed that our industry would choke, that is, we would spend everything—these were their endless conversations. “We ran out of shells, ran out of tanks, ran out of rockets,” etc. We will make 1,500 tanks alone this year,” Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with Russian news agencies and users of the social network VK. “The military-industrial complex has become hot, it works actively, most enterprises (I’m talking about this firsthand, but because I drive around them) work in three shifts, they work, as they say, from wheels - they directly give everything to the troops, produce the most modern Russian types of weapons, and even in a situation where they are really trying to deprive us of components, cut off oxygen in certain areas,” Medvedev said. The new T-90M tank, according to Medvedev, "is the best tank in the world and surpasses the Western Leopard,
Dmitry Kornev, editor of the Military Russia portal, believes that it is unlikely that we are talking about 1,500 new tanks. Most likely, a significant part will consist of modernized Soviet vehicles, removed from storage and equipped with new means of communication, dynamic protection, electronics, etc., suggests Kornev.
According to a source close to the Ministry of Defense, it is indeed planned to produce several hundred new T-90M and T-14 tanks, and most of the rest will be modernized T-72 and T-80 tanks taken from military equipment storage bases. A number of older T-62 tanks will also be upgraded. In the fall of 2022, visiting the 103rd armored repair plant in Chita, State Duma deputy Andrey Gurulyov said that the company had a contract for the modernization of 400 T-62s. In the 80s. Soviet factories produced more than 2,000 new tanks a year. Only "Uralvagonzavod" (UVZ) in 1985, at its peak, according to the book "T-72 / T-90. Experience in creating domestic main battle tanks”, produced 1559 T-72 tanks. In the post-Soviet period, the maximum rate of production of T-90 tanks was achieved in the 2000s.
According to the editor-in-chief of the Arsenal of the Fatherland magazine, Viktor Murakhovsky, it is necessary to increase the production of new T-90M tanks, and the corresponding decisions have obviously been made. These tanks will be able to effectively withstand such strong Western tanks as the German Leopard 2A6, the British Challenger 2 and the American Abrams, which are planned to be delivered to the Ukrainian Armed Forces this year.
Apparently, the total production of new tanks for the Russian Armed Forces in 2023 will be adequate to the announced deliveries of third-generation Western tanks to Ukraine, such as the Leopard 2, Challenger 2 and Abrams, believes Mikhail Barabanov, an expert at the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.
From the bmpd side, we indicatethat the data that the notorious “1500 tanks” will be mostly non-new production vehicles was actually confirmed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who, in an interview with Russian television on March 25, said: “[Western] arsonists plan to send 420-440 tanks to Ukraine. During this time, we will produce new ones and modernize over 1,600 existing ones. The total number of Russian tanks will exceed three times the number of tanks in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Even more than three times.”