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Russia, Ukraine, NATO and the threat of war

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We will see how long that lasts as their economy continues to tank. Plus compared to the vast catalogue of obsolescent Soviet era equipment in use the rate of procurement of new equipment is very much a drip feed. The Russians have a few frontline squadrons/battalions/etc that have the latest and greatest but the majority of their equipment is the same old same old.

Yes, there isn't a huge amount of latest and greatest but what they do have is pretty damn great. The T14 Armata is arguably the best tank in the world currently, on paper its better than anything NATO can field, even the latest Abrams, Leopards and Challengers.

And same old same old isn't necessarily bad. The T80 and T90s might be Soviet designs but they are late Soviet designs and Soviet designs built to counter the Abrams, Leopards and Challengers. And there are lots of them.
 
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Yes, there isn't a huge amount of latest and greatest but what they do have is pretty damn great. The T14 Armata is arguably the best tank in the world currently, on paper its better than anything NATO can field, even the latest Abrams, Leopards and Challengers.

And same old same old isn't necessarily bad. The T80 and T90s might be Soviet designs but they are late Soviet designs and Soviet designs built to counter the Abrams, Leopards and Challengers. And there are lots of them.

Soviet/Russian tanks were/are always pretty solid (the export versions not withstanding!) so it's a good point you raise there about the 'same old same old' not necessarily being particularly poor. Though perhaps the best counter to a tank is an anti-tank missile like Brimstone it is, after all, what it was designed to do before it got hijacked for its current role in Syria. In terms of the T14 Armata however I'll start worrying once the Russians are fielding it in brigade strength rather than looking good on Red Square strength ;)
 
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