Russian military forced to rely on obsolete military tech, expert says

25 October 2022, 07:57 PM
Unexploded Russian missile in Kharkiv region, October 21 (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

Unexploded Russian missile in Kharkiv region, October 21 (Photo:REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

The Russian military machine is forced to rely increasingly on obsolete, previous-generation equipment, Azeri military expert Agil Rustamzade said in an interview with NV on Oct. 25.

According to Rustamzade, Moscow is attempting to build up troop reserves using WWII- and early Cold War-era equipment, pulled from long-term storage.

“The Russian army is falling back on using second-generation military equipment,” said Rustamzade.

“Ukrainian forces, meanwhile, are building up their firepower capabilities through fourth-generation armaments. By some metrics, the Ukrainian army is already a third gen+ military.”

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The deepening technological gap between the two armies heavily favors Kyiv’s forces on the battlefield, Rustamzade noted.

“I’d point out HIMARS (U.S.-made rocket artillery) as an example: these weapons have destroyed Russian military logistics,” Rustamzade added.

“They enabled Ukraine to gain an advantage in artillery over Russia – an advantage in quality.”

Earlier media reports said Moscow was forced to start pulling 50-year-old T-62 main battle tanks from storage, sending them to replenish losses in Ukraine. By Oct. 5, Ukraine captured at least nine Russian T-62s.

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