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Resourceful Ukrainian Engineering: Converting a Russian T-62 Tank into a Recovery Vehicle

Ukrainian engineers transformed a captured Russian T-62 tank into an armored recovery vehicle, according to Roman Sinicyn, the Military Coordinator for the Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation.

The modified T-62 medium tank is now used for combat purposes, specifically for recovering or repairing battle-damaged, immobilized, or non-functioning armored fighting vehicles like tanks and armored personnel carriers.

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

He also mentioned that the project cost amounted to UAH 1.6 million (equivalent to 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 officially adopted by the Soviet Army in 1961 after the completion of its first prototype in 1959.

Due to a scarcity of operable modern tanks, the Russian Armed Forces are deploying outdated T-54/55 and T-62 tanks to Ukraine as they rebuild their units for deployment.

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