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​OSINT Power: russian Overprotected T-72 Tank Located by Hints and Eliminated

T-72 with an anti-drone "shed" destroyed in the hangar, uncovered by OSINT analysts / Collage by Defense Express // Source credits: CyberBoroshno, Clash Report
T-72 with an anti-drone "shed" destroyed in the hangar, uncovered by OSINT analysts / Collage by Defense Express // Source credits: CyberBoroshno, Clash Report
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Open-source intelligence made it possible to locate the hangar where the metal monstrosity was hiding and destroy it

Earlier the subject of Defense Express' analysis, the russian T-72 tank with a shed-like protective superstructure was destroyed in just a day or two since its discovery, when russians used it in the assault of Krasnohorivka. The distinct combat vehicle is a T-72 main battle tank with an additional one-piece shielding to protect it from drones.

Open-source intelligence (OSINT) researchers from the CyberBoroshno community report that the exact location of this tank was identified and used for a high-precision strike. The tank as well as other equipment nearby was eliminated as a result.

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Aftermath of the strike on the hangar / Defense Express / OSINT Power: russian Overprotected T-72 Tank Located by Hints and Eliminated
Aftermath of the strike on the hangar where the unusual T-72 and other russian equipment was hidden / Still frame credit: CyberBoroshno

Apparently, the russians parked it at the very same hangar that was featured in a short video published on social media by russians themselves, soon to be shared and analyzed by Ukrainian OSINT specialists.

On the one hand, this episode once again demonstrates that OSINT is an effective means of conducting reconnaissance and identifying the location of enemy forces and assets with high accuracy. On the other hand, let's keep in mind that similar communities and full-time military structures gathering the same kind of intelligence are also active in russia.

That is why posting any videos and photos, which one might think would be impossible to track down, simply because "there are many such hangars out there", or "it's just a field and a couple of poles," etc., is still a huge risk. The destruction of this overprotected T-72 serves as an excellent example of the real capabilities of OSINT.

Also, despite the fact that the tank itself was destroyed, take note that during its single attack, it managed to complete its mission: drive through, let the assault team disembark, and return (see below). Therefore, appearance of more vehicles "enhanced" in a similar way can be expected from the russians in the future.

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