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​Defense Express’ Weekly Review: India Unveils Unusual T-79 Kumbhkaran Tank Hybrid, Ukraine’s Strategic Strikes on russian Oil Refineries Continue and UK Intelligence Reveals russian Aviation Setbacks

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The Saki airfield / Photo credit: wikipedia.org
The Saki airfield / Photo credit: wikipedia.org

Digest of Defense Express on the main events of the week

India Creates Strange Hybrid of T-72 and T-90 Tanks With Reduced Mobility

An Indian company, AVNL, has designed a unique tank by merging components from two existing models: the chassis of the T-72 tank and the turret of the T-90 tank. This hybrid project, initially called the T-79 Kumbhkaran or Nigama, was unveiled in early January.

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The T-72 tanks of the Indian Armed Forces / open source

How Much russia is Losing Due to Ukrainian Strikes on Oil Refineries

There’s been a noticeable pattern in the strikes on russian oil refineries, with the recent assault on the Volgograd Oil Refinery on February 3 being just one in a series. This attack, not the first of its kind, indicates a systematic approach likely to continue. The strategic aim is to inflict significant financial blows on the adversary by targeting crucial equipment and disrupting production capabilities, leading to both direct and indirect losses.

Read more: Chronicle of russia's Bloodiest War Crimes in Ukraine in 2023
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The UK Defense Intelligence Reports on Downed russian Su-34 Aircraft

On January 30, 2024 the Ukrainian General Staff reported that a russian Su-34 combat aircraft had been shot down in the east of Luhansk. The total number of assessed russian fixed wing tactical aircraft losses since February 2022 stands at 82, the UK Defense Intelligence reports.

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Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber / open source

russia Tries to Bail Out the Manufacturer of Tornado-S and Tornado-G Rocket Systems

russia’s leading prosecutorial body is overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of PJSC Motovilikhinskiye Zavody, the sole industrial facility responsible for manufacturing BM-21 Grad, BM-30 Smerch multiple launch rocket systems, along with Tornado-S and Tornado-G guided rocket launchers.

The Tornado-G rocket systems on their way to be handed over to the russian army, November 2022 Defense Express Defense Express’ Weekly Review: India Unveils Unusual T-79 Kumbhkaran Tank Hybrid, Ukraine’s Strategic Strikes on russian Oil Refineries Continue, and UK Intelligence Reveals russian Aviation Setbacks
The Tornado-G rocket systems on their way to be handed over to the russian army, November 2022 / Photo credit: Rostec

Large Concentration of russian Su-30 Aircraft Found by Ukrainian Partisans at Airfield in Crimea

The Atesh was actively involved in reconnaissance of the strategic airfield in the settlement of Novofedorivka and reported its findings on its Telegram channel. This airfield, known as Saki airfield, was also recognized as one of the strategically important facilities. The majority of takeoffs by russian fighter jets, used in attacks on Ukraine, took place from this airfield. During the reconnaissance, about 10 Su-30 fighter jets were recorded.

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russian Su-30 fighter jets / Photo credit: Atesh
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