Tirex Main Battle Tank

Ukraine’s Dinosaurs Strikes Back

Perhaps hoping to one day retake land lost to the Russians in the 2014 invasion of the Crimea and other regions, Ukraine recently announced plans to refurbish a fleet of rusting T-64 main battle tanks with the intention of making them as battle worthy as the Russian T-14 Armata. On January 18th, the Ukranian government charged the Azov engineering group with the modernization of its antiquated fleet of T-64 tanks currently rotting in a depot and turning them into the newly dubbed Tirex (pronounced “T-Rex” like the dinosaur). The Company has also been tasked with the development of infantry fighting vehicles and the “Azovets” combat vehicle. According to reports, the Azovets is really a prototype, and aspects of the vehicle will be implemented in other projects including infantry fighting vehicles.

Little information has thus far been released concerning the surprise announcement, and it will be a dubious task indeed to turn an aging battle tank from the 60s into a fighting vehicle capable of standing toe-to-toe with a more robust, state-of-the-art battle tank in the form of the Armata that the Russians have already begun deploying in limited numbers.

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