July 24, 2024

OSINT: Russia could have lost nearly half of its tanks

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A new report from Oryx, an open up-source intelligence (OSINT) undertaking, claims the Russian Federation has endured substantial tools losses, which include major battle tanks.

A destroyed Russian vehicle - illustrative photo. Some of those tanks were captured by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in perfect working condition. Some experts say these working units are enough to outweigh own Ukrainian equipment lost to war.

A wrecked Russian vehicle – illustrative photo. Some of all those tanks were being captured by the Ukrainian Armed Forces in fantastic performing affliction. Some experts say these functioning models are adequate to outweigh individual Ukrainian tools lost to war. Image credit: Steve Bowbrick by means of Flickr, CC BY 2.

In accordance to the assertion, this contains the loss of just about half or near to two thousand tanks that have been in operational affliction due to the fact the Russian invasion of Ukraine commenced on February 24, 2022.

The report is dependent on the collected visual evidence.

According to Oryx, they have been in a position to validate at the very least 1,000 distinctive models destroyed in battles. 544 models have been captured by the Ukrainian Armed Forces, 79 were being heavily damaged, and 65 were being abandoned.

Also, there are some more wrecked vehicles that Oryx could not affirm primarily based on existing visual material.

Gurus from this open-resource intelligence group estimate that Russia experienced about 3,000 operational tanks at the start off of the invasion.


Resource url A significant drop in the number of military tanks in Russia has space experts believing that the country has lost nearly half of its land combat vehicle fleet over the past decade, according to an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) analysis.

The crash in Russia’s number of tanks has been attributed to the country’s inadequate funding of its military forces, resulting in a lack of maintenance and failure to replace outdated equipment.

Analysts at OSINT used satellite imagery to deliver the news of the drastic drop in tank numbers, which numbers around 11,000 in total, at the start of 2020. The imagery also revealed that the tank fleet’s modernization project had not been successful.

The satellites showed a concentration of the tanks in the country’s western region and uncovered that many of the tanks did not have reinforcements or their own power supply indicating a major landscape change in Russia’s military.

The analysis also showed that the T-72 tank — which forms the majority of Russia’s tank fleet — is outdated and may soon be replaced by more advanced tanks such as the T-14 Armata, a fifth-generation modular main battle tank which was first introduced into service in 2015.

Russia has relied heavily on its tank numbers as a means of confronting NATO forces in Eastern Europe, and the drop in numbers is a clear sign that the country is losing its military advantage in the region.

With deadlier tanks and a shrinking fleet, OSINT’s analysis reveals a plausible change in the existing political and military balance in the region, leaving unanswered questions about Russia’s future capabilities.