"Russia is welding ageing naval turrets onto old armoured vehicles to make crude tanks as Vladimir Putin’s forces face worsening arms shortages.
The crudely engineered vehicles are being deployed in a likely attempt to shoot down Ukrainian drones as the armed forces grapple with crippling shortages of fighting machines and ammunition.
New footage from an undisclosed location appears to show a 25mm 2M-3 twin-barrelled naval anti-aircraft turret fitted to a Soviet-era MT-LB amphibious fighting vehicle to form a new hybrid weapon.
The amalgamation, which was constructed with parts manufactured as early as 1945, could be seen being transported by rail, potentially to Ukraine.
Its 25mm guns were likely procured from a naval patrol boat, an area where Russia has a rare surplus, while its tracks could date back to the 1950s.
Military experts said Russia is likely being forced to improvise from dwindling stockpiles to backfill for destroyed or lost hardware in Ukraine.
Moscow likely turned to a naval turret because its navy has been far less depleted than its battle-stricken land forces, according to Justin Crump, of Sibylline, an intelligence and geopolitical risk firm.
“I suspect it was improvised from naval turrets as they had access to them and the relevant ammunition,” he said.
The new machine could be used to counter the growing number of Ukrainian aerial drones in operation or sent to a quieter part of the front-line so that Russia can move better technology closer to the main battles." entnommen YAHOO/The Telegraph
Kernaussage des Artikelteils ist, dass Schiffstürme mit 25 mm Zwillingskanonen auf MB-LB geschweisst werden um eine weitere Waffe gegen ukrainische Dronen einsetzen zu können. Einzelne Einzelteileeile wurden 1945 hergestellt.
Zum Ausgleich der Panzerverluste werden T 62(gebaut in den sechziger und sienziger Jahren, entmottet. Sogar BTR 50, gebaut ab 1953, werden wieder in Dienst gestellt.