Ukraine’s Venerable BACKBONE

The T-64 was designed back in the Soviet era, but still forms the bulk of the Ukrainian Armoured Corps, writes Craig Allen

A Ukrainian T-64BV of the 59th Yakiv Handziuk Motorized Brigade in 2022. This is the latest updated model of the tank featuring thermal imaging, digital communications and new Nizh Reactive Armour.

There has been much talk in recent months of Western-supplied main battle tanks (MBTs) in Ukraine, such as the Leopard, Challenger and Abrams. While the Ukrainians have welcomed this modern armour to their ranks, the fact is that many of their tank battalions still rely on a home-produced design.

This is the veteran T-64, which was originally developed back in the 1960s.

The break-up of the Soviet Union meant Ukraine was left with a legacy of significant numbers of these MBTs, which were advanced for their time. They were also left with the tank production facilities capable of producing them.

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