What is the “turtle tank”, the strange tank deployed by Russia on the Ukrainian front: “I know people laugh about it”

What is the “turtle tank”, the strange tank deployed by Russia on the Ukrainian front: “I know people laugh about it”
What is the “turtle tank”, the strange tank deployed by Russia on the Ukrainian front: “I know people laugh about it”

Equipped with an anti-mine plow, these vehicles have no difficulty clearing a path through minefields and clear a path for other armored vehicles. While the standoff between Moscow and kyiv continues, the delivery of troops to Ukrainian territory remains an essential point for the advance of Russian forces in Ukraine. However, the steel shell that protects these tanks considerably reduces the field of vision of its occupants, as well as their range of fire and even their mobility.

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Although at first some experts mocked this strange innovation, calling it “emotional support armor,” as we can read in The Economist, this additional layer of protection ultimately proved effective. “I know people laugh about it, but I don’t think it’s a crazy adaptation. The Russians are adapting to the particular conditions of the battlefield in which Ukraine has a lot of FPVs, but not enough ATGMs, anti-tank mines and artillery. So it makes sense to sacrifice observation and the ability to rotate the turret on one tank per platoon, which can jam multiple FPV frequencies at once. The priority is to bring infantry assault groups across open fields toward buildings or defensive positions”, says Rob Lee, an analyst at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

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