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17 Testing Tanks On The Coast

Testing Tanks On The Coast


Acting training took part in the Primorsky region to demonstrate how tanks overcome water barriers. The tanks were also shipped to ferries. Around 200 soldiers took part in the training.

The training consisted of two stages. The first one occurred on the territory of a separate motorized rifle brigade.

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17 Responses to “Testing Tanks On The Coast”

  1. Y5K says:

    The turret of Russian tank always looks a lot smaller than that of similar sized western tanks. Design concept of tanks between the two camps seems to be much different from each other.

    • vorontsevich says:

      Smaller crews = less space

      Russian tanks have almost always gone for small, fast and nimble designs.

    • jeffrey pigden says:

      Western tanks use a crew member as a loader. Russian tanks have a mechanical loader. Fewer crew, smaller turret.

    • D says:

      check modern tanks. Russian and Western have no one in the turret because it only requires a loader and some other hardware.

      • vorontsevich says:

        Actually both gunner and commander are still in the turret. Only difference is that the auto loader means one less crew member.

  2. andrei says:

    what do they do with that tree trunk on the back of the tanks?

    • vorontsevich says:

      Can be used to help the tank cross muddy terrain. Each tank carries one, so a ten-tank company or even all 41 tanks in a tank battalion can arrange the logs to help cross relatively shallow water bodies, without the need to call in the engineers.

      It also acts as a lever, useful if you ever have to re-align the track if it comes loose, and there is no one from the repair companies nearby, or if you’re in a hurry.

    • neblogenso says:

      One pipe injects air, as the other blows gasses. This way tanks can drive on bottom.

    • Matt Dean says:

      in case the tank stuck in mud, it can be used in assisting track movement

    • Tovarich Volk says:

      The ‘Tree Trunk’ or rather both of them are air intake and exhaust. The T-80 is powered by a gas turbine not unlike the M-1A1, so it takes in lots of air and releases a lot of exhaust.

      • vorontsevich says:

        Actually what he’s referring to is the actual log on the back, not the ventilation tubes.

        And you’re wrong. They are only used for fording.

        • Tovarich Volk says:

          I thought he was talking about the Vent tubes, which I know are used to provent flooding the turbine during fording, my bad.

    • jeffrey pigden says:

      Called an “unditching beam”. Used when the crew need a mechanical advantage to overcome an obstacle; like a lever to move a blockage, or to help with a field repair. Better to have one and not need it than to need one and not a suitable tree in sight!

  3. Max says:

    Exhaust probably, so that water does not enter.

  4. A-Star says:

    Tree trunk is traditional accessory of russian battle tanks since T-34. It can be laid under tracks when tank is bogged down in mud.

  5. A.Oscar says:

    The quality of the tank real counts; but the best must be the troops be well trained, and confidence of what doing. Most wars with tanks happened to losing confidence; and abandon the vehicles when having moral down, also Russian tanks by been small, could have more velocity, and more readiness to fight. Many armies the troops not making so many exercises; for that Russians could create so much confidence that also will be safer to them too.

  6. Mac says:

    Russian tank design is superior in the fact they are about 20tons lighter than American tanks. Plus the fact they are faster and they can fire a guided missle from the tank as well like the T series 80-90+.

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