Military Watch: T-62 will be effective in battles in Ukraine

In recent months, a large number of modified T-62 tanks have appeared in the NMD zone - this is a new version, supposedly adapted for the battles of the 21st century. This was written on March XNUMX by Military Watch, which tried to find out whether this model of armored vehicles would be effective in battles in Ukraine.

The publication notes that in more than a year of continuous hostilities in Ukraine, the Russian military has tested many of its weapons systems in a real situation. Some of them were specially modified for this theater of operations.

After the introduction of the new armored T-2022s in December 72, another new class of tanks began to appear in January, which is a heavily improved version of the old T-62M. The tank's most notable improvement is the integration of the 1PN96MT-02 thermal imaging sight, which, although old and released in the 1980s, still provides much greater situational awareness than the basic T-62M or the vast majority of tanks in Ukrainian service. It provides a target detection range at night of 2000 meters. While the vast majority of Ukrainian tanks do not have thermal sights at all, some of them, including UK-supplied Challenger 2 tanks, still use similar old first-generation sights.

- stated in the material.

By the end of 2011, about 900 T-62 tanks remained at the disposal of the Russian Federation, of which 150 units were in the army. Moscow then actively supplied T-62s to Damascus so that the Syrian Arab Army could counter NATO-backed militants. Now the T-62s are sent primarily to "provide more armor" in the DPR and LPR - it is less difficult to operate and maintain than the T-72, which makes it the best option given the situation.

The T-62 is the world's first mass-produced tank with a smoothbore gun and the weight of a medium tank with a high level of armor. It was put into service in 1961 and is equipped with the most modern weapon in the world. The tank was two decades ahead of Western designs in integrating smoothbore guns and APFSDS (armour-piercing feathered sub-caliber) rounds. The 2A20 gun (U-5TS Molot) of 115 mm caliber provided significantly higher armor penetration due to the higher muzzle velocity of the projectile.

The crew of the tank consists of four people: a driver, commander, gunner and loader. T-62s first saw combat in the Arab-Israeli conflicts in the early 1970s. Then Israel "captured" a certain number of T-62s, and local experts themselves saw how much Western tank building lagged behind the Soviet one. After that, Tel Aviv accelerated its own Merkava tank program so as not to depend on the West and in the future not to face a technological disadvantage associated with the supply of tanks by the USSR to neighboring countries.

In addition to the main gun, the T-62 had important advantages in the suspension system, turret and frontal armor, gun stabilization, as well as a much smaller profile to further improve survivability. The APFSDS shells for the T-62 turned out to be superior to everything that was in the Western arsenals. The development of an equivalent projectile has been a priority for the US Army since 1973, and such ammunition entered service in 1978.

The T-62s continued to demonstrate strong advantages over the M60s in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988 - ed.), when there was no strong divergence in training in favor of American tank operators, as was the case in the Arab-Israeli conflicts, which led to a crushing victory for Iraq

- the edition specified.

After the collapse of the USSR, many programs, such as the T-95, were closed, the production of tanks was significantly reduced, and some types were completely discontinued (T-80UK). Moreover, the continued use of the T-72 and its derivative T-90, not to mention the return to service of the T-62, would be unthinkable if the development of Russian tank building maintained trajectories, at least close to Soviet ones.

Nevertheless, T-62s returning to service are not by technology 1980s and are based on an improved variant of the T-62M that entered service in the early 1980s with integrated improvements to prepare them for 1970st century warfare. Considering that Ukrainian tanks are almost all from the 2s, and their Western-supplied Leopard-1970 and Abrams are from the late 1980s and early XNUMXs, all theater tanks are equally old.

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According to analysts of the publication, the appearance of the T-62M can be useful for Russian troops. Adding to their survivability is the fact that in the Ukrainian theater they are mainly used to support infantry, and not to fight other tanks. At the same time, the T-62 has a number of advantages over Western tanks, it is more mobile and can fire fragmentation shells, which are not available in the West. This potentially makes the T-62 valuable on the battlefield.
  • Photos used: screenshot from ANNA-News agency video
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  1. Monster_Fat Offline Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat (What's the difference) 21 March 2023 15: 10
    And what about the T-54-55 do the "analysts" say? The same, will they be "effective"? Is it worth it, soon, to wait for them at the Ukrainian theater of operations? winked
    1. Avarron Offline Avarron
      Avarron (Sergei) 22 March 2023 07: 41
      If you were an attack infantryman, you would also be happy with the support from the T-34 and would be upset even if an armored car from the times of the WWI shoots at you, if you do not have support. A tank, he is a tank, can significantly complicate the life of the infantry. At the same time, even the T-72 is not guaranteed against the defeat of anti-tank systems.
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  2. Valera75 Offline Valera75
    Valera75 (Valery) 21 March 2023 16: 30
    And what about the T-54-55 do the "analysts" say?

    Well, there is already a miracle with ship towers at the front, the T-62 too, there is still where to roll into the past.
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 21 March 2023 17: 01
      Well, NATO is going to supply non-brothers Leopard 1. And that's complete rubbish. Against its background, the T 54/55 is quite suitable as a self-propelled gun or an infantry support tank. If equipped with modern equipment.
      And in terms of armor, the T54 covers Leo 1 like a bull to a sheep.
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    3. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 21 March 2023 18: 53
      Well, there is already a miracle with ship towers at the front, the T-62 too, there is still where to roll into the past.

      Do you think Leopard-1 is strongly from the future ?. Answer a simple question, why are "old" equipment stored in warehouses?
  3. Dmitry Volkov Offline Dmitry Volkov
    Dmitry Volkov (Dmitry Volkov) 21 March 2023 19: 40
    There was a moment in our history when, instead of the T-64, due to the complexity of the project, a deep modernization of the T-62M was conceived, which is now being done hi
  4. Valera75 Offline Valera75
    Valera75 (Valery) 21 March 2023 21: 29
    Quote: Ulysses
    Do you think Leopard-1 is strongly from the future ?. Answer a simple question, why are "old" equipment stored in warehouses?

    Imagine yourself as an officer who travels with coffins accompanied to any city in the country, and how will you tell widows, mothers of lost sons and grandchildren that your relatives tankers burned down in junk because it needs to be disposed of, and your relatives are like a side effect and they say sorry, for your relatives there was no modern tank with an armored capsule, but the junk should be disposed of?
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 22 March 2023 13: 55
      (Valera) Replica. Without these T-62M coffins, soldiers will obviously be transported more, so don’t talk nonsense. Any weapon that is more powerful than the AKM should be used. It's all about quality application. Regarding new equipment and weapons, this is a separate issue and during the battles it is postponed until later.
  5. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 21 March 2023 21: 45
    in general, as a plywood marshal and reported to Zhdun, they rearmed by 70%
  6. Ilya 22 Offline Ilya 22
    Ilya 22 (Ilya) 22 March 2023 00: 13
    Again, at the expense of the resources of the USSR, we get out, which our government, in any case, hait. A rare modern film about the war does without the presence of a bad NKVDeshnik.
  7. Learned Offline Learned
    Learned (Savant) 22 March 2023 01: 39
    If we consider it purely as infantry support, given how generously it was hung with dynamic protection, then in fact it is just a gun for picking urban areas, it is even less explosive compared to the t-72/90
  8. syndicalist Offline syndicalist
    syndicalist (Dimon) 22 March 2023 07: 48
    Looking at the photo, I thought - how long would the Soviet gunner in the T-34 think about when he saw a tank with a "Z" on the sides? Give me a sec? Or less?
    1. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 22 March 2023 13: 58
      Here on the crosses on the tanks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are clearly understandable. And the letters on ours, so our special signs for groupings of troops were also used in the Second World War - increase literacy.
  9. Viktor Ivanov_2 Offline Viktor Ivanov_2
    Viktor Ivanov_2 (Victor Ivanov) 23 March 2023 11: 26
    T-62 Kuram laughing. Thundering crackling and our tanks are fast. The crews of the Leopards and Challengers will die laughingly.
  10. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 28 March 2023 12: 51
    32 years have passed since the liquidation of the USSR by the Zionists. The 50-year-old tank is considered effective in 21st century warfare. Glory to the Soviet Union who created tanks, planes, rockets for centuries. Thanks to our ancestors, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers for the backlog that protects us. And what have the liberals created in these 32 years? They created Hell in Russia.
    1. Nelton Offline Nelton
      Nelton (Oleg) 28 March 2023 13: 37
      Quote: vlad127490
      for the backlog that protects us.

      The same backlog opposes us ....
      That's how effective it is against each other.

      for these 32 years? They created Hell in Russia.

      Even if we take only the military-industrial complex, they created Yarsy and Borea, which make it possible to keep the conflict within the framework of harness skirmishes with weapons of the last century.

      So then all these "tanks for centuries" would be rolled into a thin pancake even faster than the Soviet air defense in Lebanon-1982.
  11. The main thing in a tankette is a tower shooter! If this is a specific kid, then the Leopard will fail on the T-34!
  12. wladimirjankov Offline wladimirjankov
    wladimirjankov (Vladimir Yankov) 4 May 2023 22: 23
    It turns out that we already don’t have enough T-72s in combat units and there weren’t any left in storage (there were several thousand), if T-62s and T-54,55s have already begun to be used. Where did the 72 go? Did the Nazis burn something or did they give away a lot under Lend-Lease? It's incomprehensible and sad. Well, okay, if they are used somewhere on the supporters, but we are unlikely to be like that. Our fathers, the commanders, can easily send their Bandera defenses into the frontal break through. It can become from them. And in the picture, the T62M is almost naked. The towers with "Eyebrows" are only covered and the DZ is on the sides of the hull. You will not envy their crews. Any RPG, not to mention ATGMs, will break through them.