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Rare russia’s 1B14 Battery Command Vehicle Captured

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1B14 battery command vehicle / Illustrative photo from open sources
1B14 battery command vehicle / Illustrative photo from open sources

When the artillery is beheaded, it is impossible to fire tens of thousands of shells per day

A video has appeared in open access, which indicates that during the escape from Kharkiv Oblast, the russian army left behind a rare 1B14 battery command and forward observer vehicle from the 1B12 Mashina-S complex. Production of the 1B14 started back in 1972. According to the conservative Oryx estimates, during the entire war, the Armed Forces of Ukraine captured only three 1В14 machines as trophies, and three more were destroyed.

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As Defense Express assumes according to open sources, during Ukraine’s military counteroffensive in Kharkiv Oblast, the occupiers probably tried to use their artillery against Ukraine’s troops. In particular, ChiefDirectorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine reported that russians tried to delay the advance of the Armed Forces by means of TOS-1 Buratino, but they failed. Once russian army threw their rare Zoopark-1M radar complex, it means that the enemy at least tried to conduct a counter-battery fight.

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The 1B14 battery command vehicle, which russians abandoned at the beginning of the full-scale war against Ukraine / Open source photo

As practice shows, as soon as russia’s artillery units are left beheaded, they suddenly cease to "know" how to create a "valley of fire" of tens of thousands of shells per day.

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