Russian Tank Doctrine Evolves to Combat Modern Threats

Russian tank crews at the Pogonovo training area in Voronezh have demonstrated new tactics resulting from lessons learned in Syria. Source: RIA Novosti/Andrey Stanavov. (source: iHS Jane's)

Russian tank crews at the Pogonovo training area in Voronezh have demonstrated new tactics resulting from lessons learned in Syria. Source: RIA Novosti/Andrey Stanavov. (source: iHS Jane's)

July 16, 2018 | Source: IHS Jane's Defense Weekly, janes.com, 10 July 2018, Samuel Cranny-Evans

Russian tank forces have revealed details of new tank tactics during a battalion tactical exercise held in Voronezh, state news agency RIA Novosti reported on 4 July.

The development indicates that tanks will continue to provide firepower in the future battlespace.

Elements of the 20th Guards Army from the Western Military District demonstrated a series of armoured warfare drills designed to mitigate the threat of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), which have plagued main battle tanks in recent deployments.

The drills focused on constant movement so that the tanks present a very brief window for return fire, too short for accurate missile fire, enabling the tanks to fire on enemy positions.

Describing the first tactic, “tank carousel”, tank company commander Captain Roman Schegolev said, “There can be three, six, nine or more vehicles. They continuously travel in a circle – one fires, the other moves to the rear and reloads, the third prepares to enter the position.”

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