Beginning in the late 1930s with the T-34, the Soviet Union produced a string of outstanding tank models. Their most recent was the T-62 Main Battle Tank (MBT).

The introduction of the T-62 Main Battle Tank marked the central turning point for the heavy tank class around the globe. The medium tank has become the top choice because it was just as strongly equipped and shot as the massive tank but was far lighter and more maneuverable, according to the How Stuff Works report.

The T-62 is a further step in the line of development that started with the T-54/55 series. Production of the T-62 began in 1961 and continued until 1975. It rapidly took the place of the T-54 and T-55 as the primary tank of war for Soviet tanks and motorized rifle formations, becoming the benchmark for those units. 1970 was the year that saw the introduction of the T-62A variant. In the 1980s, the new generation of T-64, T-72, and T-80 tanks took its place as the first-line Soviet main battle tank, replacing the older model, the report said.

All About the T-62

The exterior hull of the T-62 is comparable to that of the T-55. Differentiating between the two models might be challenging, but a defining feature of the T-62 is its larger turret than the T-55. Besides that, it has the same overall form. Both include rails that crew members and soldiers can grasp for support while moving.