Despite the organization of the modernization of the tank at the armored plant, finished products differ from each other in some additional elements of protection.
The 103rd armored repair plant near Chita turned out to be unable to repair 23 T-62 tanks per month, as planned in the order of the Russian Ministry of Defense. It is reported by Defense Express.
State Duma Deputy Andrey Gurulev spoke about the details of the restoration and modernization of T-62 tanks. The plant received a contract for 800 tanks with a deadline of 3 years. The company would have to produce 22-23 cars in order to meet the deadlines.
Gurulev said that since the moment the order was received, a tank battalion plus several vehicles had been restored. At the same time, the publication notes that the 103rd armored repair plant works in three shifts, and the tank battalion is about 36 tanks. The work was carried out from mid-October to early March. Thus, it turns out that the actual ability to repair and modernize tanks at the plant is about 7 vehicles per month.
Thermal imaging sight 1PN-95MT-02
The T-62 is additionally equipped with armor elements and dynamic protection (DZ), as well as a 1PN-96MT-02 thermal imaging sight. At the same time, the reservation of the tank, as the authors write, looks chaotic. An additional massive armor plate was simply welded onto one tank, and a DZ was installed on top of it. Also, the tower was reinforced with armor, which is called “Ilyich’s eyebrows”. On another vehicle, ERA was installed, but without an additional armor plate on the hull, and the turret was covered with ERA, which was not the case in the previous tank.
T-62 without a reinforced frontal part, but with dynamic turret protection
T-62 with a reinforced frontal part, but no remote sensing on the turret
Such a decision, with an increase in the entire mass of the tank and an increase in the load on the front part, can affect the characteristics of the tank, the publication emphasizes. In addition, upgraded T-62s will take damage on the battlefield and will also need to be repaired, which will prevent the company from building up its capabilities.
Recall that on March 6, British intelligence announced that the Russian Federation was transferring obsolete T-62 tanks to the front due to high losses in armored vehicles.
On February 25, analysts recorded T-62 tanks of the 2022 model at the RF Armed Forces. Modernization also differs from the one shown now.
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