British intelligence: Occupiers make up for tank losses with reactivated T-62s
< p>The Russian occupation forces are removing 60-year-old T-62 main battle tanks from mothballing to make up for their losses in armored vehicles. This is stated in the UK Department of Defense intelligence summary.
«There is a realistic possibility that even units of the 1st Guards Tank Army, Russia's main tank force, will be re-equipped with T-62 to make up for previous losses», — the report says.
At the same time, it was noted that from 2021, the first tank army of the Russian Federation should earlier receive the next generation T-14 Armata tanks. However, in recent days, Russian BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, first put into service in 1954, were also identified for the first time in Ukraine.
According to intelligence data, since the summer of 2022, approximately 800 T-62s have been reactivated from warehouses, some of them have received upgraded sighting systems that will most likely improve their performance at night.
The defense department notes that both types of older vehicles will have many vulnerabilities on the modern battlefield, in particular the lack of a modern dynamic armor.