Tank factory 103 in Chita Russia is said to be “modernizing” 800 T-62 tanks over the next 3 years.

A local Russian news station in Chita Russia posted a video on YouTube, stating that Duma member Andrei Gurulev had visited the plant where the modernization effort would take place,

“Returned to Zabaykalsky Krai, where I inspected the 103rd Armored Repair Plant in Atamanovka, near Chita. The plant is fully set with contracts for the next 3 years; [they will be making] 800 tanks during this time — it’s a very large order. The plant works in two shifts, is ready to work in three, and we must help with this,” said Gurulev.

The video of the plant suggests its own equipment could use some modernizing of its own. Most of the high-tech gear looks more than 20 years old.

So, what is Russia trying to do here?

To us, it looks like they are scraping the bottom of the barrel and bringing up splinters with every scoop. Here are our thoughts.

First, we’ve reported previously that Russia can’t replace its tanks with modern equipment.  We knew this because the numerous photos and videos of older T-72s and newer T-80s being destroyed were not being replaced with T-80s and the most up to date T-90s.  The tanks they sent as replacements got older and older as the months wore on.  Economic sanctions had bitten deeply into Russia’s industrial base and it could not obtain the micro-chips to make its more modern tanks and fighting vehicles.

Their apparent “solution” is to try and upgrade a vast boneyard inventory of T-62 tanks left over from the early days of the Cold War.  Try to Imagine the US doing this with the old M-60 Tanks.