Where are the 60,000+ tanks after the Cold War? In fact, it is said to be kept in 10,000 units
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The Ukraine War, which has entered its second year, continues to inflict unexpected heavy losses on the Russian attacking forces due to reckless operations. Since the days of the former Soviet Union, the tank corps, which has been hailed as the “strongest”, has built up a “scrap pile” of tanks and armored vehicles in various places due to the heavy blows of the Ukrainian army.
In February this year, the largest tank battle took place in Ugledal, in the south-eastern part of Ukraine. Here too, the Russian army lost more than 130 combat vehicles, including tanks and armored vehicles. Some say that if depletion continues at this rate, the army’s stock of combat vehicles will last only a few more years.
However, some say that “large numbers of tanks and armored vehicles produced during the Cold War are stored in deep underground garages built in the Ural Mountains and elsewhere that can withstand a nuclear attack.”
Restoring (repairing and reviving) dead stock tanks for revival is much easier than manufacturing new MBTs (main battle tanks), and they can be deployed faster as it takes less time, effort and cost. Even if it was destroyed, the depreciation would already be depreciated, so the idea seems to be that it wouldn’t hurt or itch. It is truly President Putin’s “hidden asset” and can be called a “zombie tank”.
So, what exactly is that number? I would like to boldly collect one scenario and possibility based on the “Military Balance” published annually by the British think tank “International Institute for Strategic Studies” (IISS).