According to the latest update British intelligence update, the Russian military has begun deploying BTR-50 armored personnel carriers, which were first introduced in 1954, in Ukraine.
This move comes as Russia continues to experience substantial losses in its armored vehicle fleet.
Additionally, the Ministry of Defence has noted that Russia persists in deploying T-62 main battle tanks, which have been in service for over six decades.
“The Russian military has continued to respond to heavy armoured vehicle losses by deploying 60-year-old T-62 main battle tanks (MBT). There is a realistic possibility that even units of the 1st Guards Tank Army (1 GTA), supposedly Russia’s premier tank force, will be re-equipped with T-62s to make up for previous losses.
1 GTA had previously been due to receive the next-generation T-14 Armata MBT from 2021.
In recent days, Russian BTR-50 armoured personnel carriers, first fielded in 1954, have also been identified deployed in Ukraine for the first time. Since summer 2022, approximately 800 T-62s have been taken from storage and some have received upgraded sighting systems which will highly likely improve their effectiveness at night.
However, both these vintage vehicle types will present many vulnerabilities on the modern battlefield, including the absence of modern explosive reactive armour.”