While Russia’s new T-14 Armata main battle tank is widely seen as an extremely capable armored platform, budgetary restrictions have severely limited Moscow’s ability to purchase them in enough numbers to serve any real strategic purpose. If a conflict were to ignite between Russia and NATO forces in Europe, it would really be columns of the much older T-72B3 tank pushing the Russian advance into Europe, and likely in enough numbers to give NATO defenses a run for their money.

While the United States works on developing new (and old) defensive technologies that could be used to stem the tide of Russian troops and equipment pouring into Europe if such a conflict were ever to erupt, units like the U.S. Army’s 4th “Saber” Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment are training for the day they may be tasked with heading off such an invasion. The 2nd Cavalry is Europe’s only permanent fixture in terms of U.S. military mechanized units, meaning, they would likely be among the first to fight on Europe’s eastern flank.

In order to prepare for that situation, troops in the regiment have taken to playing a bit of dress up with their old, outdated equipment. They’re adorning aging M113 Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) with fiberglass and sheet metal additions to help them approximate the appearance of a similarly dated platform: Russia’s T-72s.