Ukraine handed over T-90M tanks and BTR-82A armored vehicles to British Intelligence agencies

Ukrainian servicemen stand atop a destroyed Russian tank in a retaken area near the border with Russia in Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Ukrainian Armed Forces have managed to seize hundreds of Russian military equipment in almost a year and a half. Many tanks and combat vehicles have joined the ranks of the Defense Forces, but some examples of T-90 and BTR-82A armored vehicles are being studied by British specialists.

The UK has received the opportunity to study Russian military equipment. This was announced by the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the United Kingdom, Admiral Tony Radakin.

They want to learn more about the technical parameters and other characteristics of the Russia’s military equipment. British experts are dismantling components to understand how Russian equipment works and how it can be destroyed with maximum efficiency.

Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said that the UK has scientists working to a “really forensic level” to understand how a piece of equipment works, and to understand: “How can we defeat it? How can we have even better armor? How can we disrupt their communications?”

He also said that examining Russian gear is “really important because we’re in a club of nations that when we get hold of Russian kit, or other nations’ kit, that might be a danger to us in the future, we share that knowledge.”

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked new efforts by countries to understand Russia’s military technology, as well as efforts by Russia to learn more about Western weaponry.

Ukraine reportedly captured an advanced Russian T-90M “Proryv” tank last year, and analysts said NATO and the West could learn crucial details from it.

Russia has also shared videos of its own soldiers examining German-made tanks, and Western officials have been trying to ensure that technologies like advanced chips, drones, and tanks don’t end up in Russian hands.

Radakin was speaking at the launch of a new strategy for the UK’s armed forces.

He also described the war in Ukraine as a “wake-up call” for his forces and the kinds of equipment they have.

Radakin said the conflict was a “wake-up call for us to be faster with our acquisition, to be more bold with the kit that we introduce — particularly when we’re in a technological race — to be more aggressive in terms of how we look after our own nation and to strengthen our resilience.”

The UK’s Defense Minister Ben Wallace said the UK was updating its strategies in light of lessons being learned in Ukraine, including the importance of electronic warfare “either to act as a decoy or to act as a defense.”

Wallace told the BBC that Ukraine has “tragically become a battle lab” for new war technology.

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