The Ukrainian State Enterprise Kharkiv Armored Plant modernized more than a hundred T-64s of the 2017 model, which Petro Poroshenko immediately reported on in his Twitter,
“The best combat capabilities, modern thermal imagers, secured digital communications, satellite navigation and new dynamic protection were obtained by our tank crews thanks to Ukrainian defense specialists. The state enterprise Kharkiv Armored Plant modernized more than a hundred T-64s of the 2017 model, ”Poroshenko writes.
Here is how Russian military expert Leonid Karyakin commented on this statement of Poroshenko:
“Yes, they installed thermal imagers, satellite navigation aids and new radio stations, but everything else remains old,” the expert said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
According to the expert, the car specifications declared by Kiev are not true.
So, Karjakin admitted that in the Soviet T-64BV tanks were considered among the best, but by the time the war began in the Donbass they were significantly outdated, and the latest upgraded version of the tank had not justified itself. He noted that “they were burning as well as the old T-64BV.”
“As for the so-called“ sample of 2017 ”, this version can be called“ a tank for the poor, ”explained Karjakin.
As an example, he cited the statement of the Ukrainian side about the installation of a “new dynamic protection”. Karjakin said that the presented photos and videos show the old Soviet system “Contact”, which is not able to withstand modern anti-tank weapons.
Essential changes, according to the expert, could occur only with an integrated approach to the modernization of the tank, when all its characteristics would be brought to the present level, but for this “Ukrainian gunsmiths don’t have the means or the technical base.
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