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​Ukrainian Army Got Two T-90M Tanks of 2022 Edition, "Invisible to Thermal Imagers"

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T-90M Proryv main battle tank / Open-source archive photo
T-90M Proryv main battle tank / Open-source archive photo

Captured russian armor helps gets repaired and reinforces the Ukrainian forces, some being of the latest most advanced generation

Ukrainian Armed Forces have listed two captured russian T-90M tanks, edition 2022, as part of their inventory, a bureaucratic procedure confirming the fact these weapons can now be used in battles against their former owners, or, alternatively, that they are still due for repairs but will certainly be used as combat units rather than spare parts donors.

In addition, the Ukrainian Army has listed a T-62M and a T-62MV of the 2022 modification, too. The updates to the arsenals were noticed by ArmyInform, with reference to the Logistics Forces Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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T-90M Proryv main battle tank
T-90M Proryv main battle tank / Open-source archive photo

The original article does not feature any photos of these tanks, so the ones above are illustrative, but there is a notable description of these main battle tanks as not visible through thermal imaging system systems which makes them "very unique" among the combat vehicles in their class.

On a note from Defense Express, most likely those tanks were seized by Ukrainian Defense Forces in 2023, and it might look that it took quite long to integrate the tanks into the Ukrainian arsenal. However, we should consider that it's not extraordinary.

For example, several infantry fighting vehicles and large-caliber guns captured during the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the Kherson region in September–November 2022 entered service with the new owners only in December 2023.

Armored fighting vehicles, seized from the russians back in 2022, repaired and refurbished, on their way to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, December 2023
Armored fighting vehicles, seized from the russians back in 2022, repaired and refurbished, on their way to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, December 2023 / Still frame of a video report by Bryz Military TV Studio

Nonetheless, even such a time-consuming process as bringing back to life and refurbishing trophies is of vital importance, a vivid example shows: in August 2023, a high-ranking officer at the Logistics Forces Command revealed that Ukraine had only 837 units of captured russian equipment, even though the total number of equipment seized by Ukrainians was estimated over 2,800 units, according to Oryx OSINT community at the time.

One of the reasons for such discrepancy is that many of the vehicles are not repairable, lack special ammunition or components, were recognized unfit to continue operating due to a significant degree of wear and tear, or were lost in combat.

Earlier Defense Express analyzed the weak points of the T-90M uncovered by ArmyInform and tank expert Mykola Salamakha which helped a Ukrainian M2 Bradley demolish one of those advanced russian MBTs on the battlefield.

T-90M main battle tank actually has quite a few vulnerable spots. Click the photo to learn more
T-90M main battle tank actually has quite a few vulnerable spots. Click the photo to learn more / Photo credit: ArmyInform
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