Ah yes, the Russian forces. Once touted as one of the world’s best militaries, exposed by its neighbor to have severe weaknesses and deficiencies. From faulty communication systems, bad planning, and even worse logistics, the war has revealed another Achilles’ heel of the Russian forces – their domestically made Russian tanks.
We all know that the Russians haven’t had the best military performances in Ukraine, losing almost 30,000 troops in the four-month-old war. Another statistic that is outrageously high is Russian tank losses in Ukraine, which SOFREP has followed quite closely over the past few months.
Recent US intel reveals that some 1,00 Russian tanks have been destroyed or inoperable due to Ukrainians sending their turrets into low Earth orbit with their anti-tank and anti-armor weapons. This number is on par with Ukrainian estimates that 1,330 tanks have been destroyed in Ukraine. Open source military data collector Oryx puts this number at 733 as of this writing, so the numbers are not that far from each other, given how difficult it is to verify losses in an ongoing war. Orvx uses open-source data like photographs of destroyed tanks to come to its numbers, but they would not include tanks destroyed inside Russian lines. The US and Ukraine would be relying on reports from the field by units on the ground, signals intelligence and images from drones and satellites.
This is not surprising as the Russians have not faired well with their tank units. Their so-called “elite” 4th Guards Tank Division unit had been obliterated in Trotsyanets some 15 miles from the Russian border, the 1st Tank Army had been reported to incur massive losses of some 308 armored vehicles, and most recently, the Russians lost an entire tank battalion trying to cross a river in Donbas.