Russian Eastern Military District motor rifle units to operate upgraded T-80 tanks


Tank crews from an Eastern Military District motor rifle large unit based in the Jewish Autonomous Region in Russia’s Far East have completed their training and have been allowed to operate upgraded T-80 tanks recently delivered to them," the Defense Ministry’s press office said.


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T-80BVM, possibly the variant on which the crews have been trained (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)


"The officers underwent additional training at the Kazan Red-Banner Higher Tank Command School. The remaining crewmen were trained on-site. The one-month training course allowed the crews to familiarize themselves with the advanced armament control systems and the specifics of the operation of the gas-turbine vehicles," the press office added. The crews will practice operating the new military hardware during the winter training session that started on December 1.

More than 30 upgraded T-80 tanks (no variant indicated) were delivered to the Eastern Military District’s motor rifle large unit stationed in the Jewish Autonomous Region in late August.


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