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Ukrainian Innovation: Transforming a Russian T-62 Tank into a Recovery Vehicle

Ukrainian engineers transformed a captured Russian T-62 tank into what must be an armored recovery vehicle.

According to Roman Sinicyn, the Military Coordinator for the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation, Ukrainian engineers modified a captured T-62 medium tank for combat use in military vehicle recovery (towing) or the repair of battle-damaged, stuck, and/or inoperable armored fighting vehicles, such as tanks and armored personnel carriers.

“The crew of this vehicle is protected by tank armor, our experts installed a crane, replaced the turret with an armored “wheelhouse,” and added extra tanks and tools,” said Sinicyn.

Additionally, he mentioned that the project cost is UAH 1.6 million (forty-six thousand dollars), which was raised through the foundation’s crowdfunding campaign.

The T-62, a Soviet medium battle tank from the 1960s, was the chosen vehicle. The first prototype of the T-62 was completed in 1959, and it was officially accepted into service with the Soviet Army in 1961.

Due to a shortage of operational modern tanks, the Russian Armed Forces are utilizing outdated T-54/55 and T-62 tanks in Ukraine as they rebuild their units to be sent back.

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