The problem has been known in the USA and Great Britain since the Gulf War. Because it also stores ammunition in the turrets, a targeted hit is enough to take out Russian tanks. A chain reaction often causes all of the stored ammunition to explode, with the result that the turret flies away.
The effects of this effect are sometimes bizarre. Tank turrets were thrown into higher floors of Ukrainian residential buildings – eXXpress reported.
This flaw in the design is particularly tragic for the crews of the tanks. Specialist and ex-British Army officer Nicholas Drummond dryly told CNN: “If you don’t get out of there in the first second, you’re toast.”
The Ukrainians are said to have already destroyed 580 Russian tanks – Kyiv even speaks of 939.
Bad news for Putin: The problem affects almost all armored vehicles that the Kremlin has deployed to Ukraine. So does the BMD-4 troop carrier, which Drummond calls a “mobile coffin.” For many observers, the fact that Russia’s tanks are still struggling with the effect is a sign of the ailing overall condition of the Russian armed forces. After all, the problem has been known since the early 1990s. At the time, US military watched as Iraqis’ Russian-made T-72s literally blew up.