In response to the loss of heavy armored vehicles, the Russian military is transferring obsolete equipment to Ukraine, which has many vulnerabilities on the modern battlefield.
This is stated in the intelligence review of the Ministry of Defense of Great Britain on Monday, "European Truth" reports.
In particular, the Russian military continues to use the 60-year-old T-62 main battle tanks. There is a real possibility that even units of the 1st Guards Tank Army, which is believed to be Russia's main tank formation, will be re-equipped with the T-62 to make up for past losses, the summary said.
Earlier it was planned, the department notes, that the 1st Guards Tank Army would receive the main battle tanks of the new generation T-14 "Armata" in 2021.
In recent days, Russian BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, which first entered service in 1954, were also discovered in Ukraine for the first time, according to British intelligence.
Since summer 2022, about 800 T-62s have been removed from storage, and some of them have received upgraded sighting systems, which are likely to increase their effectiveness at night.
However, both of these ancient types of vehicles will have many vulnerabilities on the modern battlefield, including the lack of modern blast-reactive armor, the British agency said.