Russia intends to restore and repair old Soviet T-62 tanks. This is what Tpyxa.net claims, also saying that the main battle tank repair quantity is 800 units. Tpyxa.net says that these tanks will be supplied to the Russian armed forces in Ukraine.
The news should not be surprising. In September, we reported that Russia is already sending obsolete T-62s from the “Syrian front” to Ukraine. T-62 tanks from Tajikistan and Libya were also sent to Ukraine. Just a few days ago we reported that Indian T-90 Bhishma tanks sent for refurbishment were not returned to India but also sent to Ukraine.
The overhaul of the T-62, the main battle tank that entered service in 1961, meant that Moscow lost significant numbers of tanks to the war. Most likely, a significant part of the mobilized tank reservists will operate precisely on the T-62. This is a sign that Russia is mobilizing, even though it does not have the necessary weapons to give the new military recruits.
It may turn out that one of the reasons Moscow hastily set up two tank repair plants is precisely the T-62. These two plants have already been built on the outskirts of Moscow and Rostov. Initially, Moscow planned for these factories to take over the repair of the armored fighting vehicles destroyed in Ukraine.
T-62 in these two repair plants means two things: either the equipment returned from the war in Ukraine is too bad to be repaired, or the amount of T-62 tanks for repair is really close to 800 – 1,000 units.