Russia's only Soviet super tank has been destroyed during the invasion into Ukraine.
The T-80UM2 was made in the Soviet era and was designed to be indestructible, but never got past the prototype stage – with only one of it ever being produced.
Somehow this one tank ended up being used in battle by Russian troops in Ukraine – and was very quickly destroyed on Sunday.
According to Military Today: “It turned out that the only prototype of the Russian T-80UM2 tank was destroyed in Ukraine yesterday. It was a one-off pre-production prototype. This is a good indication about the Russian losses.
“They are already sending everything to war, that can start up and run.”
The supertank was apparently found destroyed in the Sumy Oblast in northeastern Ukraine.
The T-80UM2 tank, nicknamed the Black Eagle, costs around £2.5 million to make, and while around 7,500 of the sister version called the T-80UK exist, only one of the special version was ever produced.
According to vehicle enthusiast website The Drive: “It was based on an upgraded T-80U chassis, the main new addition being a welded-steel turret with advanced armour protection, including Kaktus explosive reactive armour panels of which were also applied to the front of the hull.
“More Kaktus was fitted to the track skirts, while there were anti-fragmentation screens around the front of the turret.
“In its ultimate form, the T-80UM2 was also fitted with the Drozd-2 active protection system, a hard-kill system that uses radar to detect incoming anti-tank rockets and anti-tank missiles, before automatically firing high-explosive fragmentation munitions at them, with the aim of destroying, or at last disabling them, at a distance of 20-30 feet from the tank.”
It is not clear how many soldiers the tank can fit, but given the state it was found it, it's probably safe to say that nobody survived the attack.
It was found alongside several other bombed out vehicles belonging to the Russian army.
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