TechThe online mocked Turtle Tank may be a Russian game-changer on the battlefield

The online mocked Turtle Tank may be a Russian game-changer on the battlefield

"Russian turtle-tank in Ukraine"
"Russian turtle-tank in Ukraine"
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3:22 PM EDT, April 30, 2024

The recent discussions among netizens have often involved mocking the Russian Turtle Tank, a curious military innovation. However, Rob Lee, affiliated with the American Foreign Policy Research Institute, suggests this machine may not be as impractical as it appears.

Lee's analysis, featured in American Business Insider, delves into a machine that debuted on the Ukrainian front in mid-April. The so-called Turtle Tank, ridiculed online for its added metal plates, might not be a subject for jest, after all.

Expert sheds light on the turtle-tank

"I know people are laughing at this, but I don't think it is a crazy adaptation," Lee remarks. According to the Foreign Policy Research Institute expert, Russia's creative engineering is a strategic response to the wartime context. "The Russians are adapting to the specific conditions" of the battlefield, acknowledging Ukraine's prevalent use of drones in contrast to a shortage of anti-tank guided missiles, mines, and artillery, Lee explains.

The added bulk to the tank is far from nonsensical and serves a critical role. Lee states that sacrificing observation and tower rotation for a platoon that can fend off multiple drones is a rational choice. He highlights the Turtle Tank's value on the battlefield, supporting allied forces despite its unconventional appearance.

Notably, Ukrainian forces have yet to destroy the Russian Turtle Tank, suggesting the metal plate armor's effectiveness in combat. Beyond its distinctive protective shell, the tank houses sophisticated electronic warfare systems aimed at neutralizing Ukrainian kamikaze drones by jamming their communications.

Despite its cumbersome frame, the combat Turtle operates as an effective counter-aerial asset within allied units. While potentially making it more visible on the battlefield, its towering structure hasn't yet resulted in its downfall. The Russian innovation continues to play a pivotal role in mitigating aerial threats.

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