The T-14 tank on the Russian parade.
The national interest website, published in June 6th, is entitled "the Russian army will soon receive more than 6000 tanks", saying that Russia is drastically reducing the number of tanks that are scrapped in the Soviet era. In the past few years, Moscow has planned to transport some 10 thousand old tanks to the dump, which could be reduced to 4000.
"When the plan was first drafted, about 10 thousand Soviet - made armored vehicles (AFV) in the warehouse were planned to be destroyed," lieutenant general Alexander Shevchenko, director general of the armored vehicle administration of the Russian Ministry of defense, told TASS reporter.
"According to the plan, the number of scrapped armored combat vehicles will reach around 4000 by 2020," he said.
Shevchenko cited changes in the security environment. Now the old armored fighting vehicles are no longer scrapped, but upgrading.
Shevchenko said: "however, with the changes in the international situation, the improvement of the military operational skills of the Russian armed forces, the increasing patriotism of Russian citizens and the emergence of new technical and technical solutions, we have to reconsider our plan."
However, the reality may be slightly different.
The fact that Russia plans to retain these old tanks shows that budgetary pressure is forcing Moscow to upgrade these tanks instead of building new ones.
Michael Coffman, a research scientist who specializes in Russian military issues at the Naval Analysis Center, told reporters: "this shows that, considering the budget constraints, they will retain more equipment to remould them or give them to the national guards."
However, this does not necessarily mean that the new tanks will be delayed, such as T-90M or a powerful but expensive T-14 amagta main battle tank. Shevchenko did not provide enough information to show his determination, but obviously Russia is cutting its defense spending to a certain extent.
Another possibility is that these excess armoured chariots may be used to provide low cost chariots for allies. Many of Russia's allies are unable to afford new front-line hardware like T-90SM. Coffman said: "it is also reasonable to use the old armoured chariots or the poorer allies like Syria."
No matter what the situation is, the Russian army will receive more than 6000 tanks in the next few years. The question is what Russians will do with these extra armoured chariots.
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