Authors of the Defense Blog publication were surprised by the new modification of the outdated Soviet T-62 tank. The medium tank, which entered service in 1961, is still in use, the website wrote.
Images of the modernised version of the T-62 tank, modified by specialists from the 103rd Armored Repair Plant, appeared on the Internet in early September. The vehicle’s protection was reinforced with Kontakt-1 dynamic protection units and lattice screens, and the multispectral gyro-stabilized optoelectronic station (MGOES) was used to improve the awareness of the crew.
The MGOES station was enhanced with television and thermal imaging channels in several spectra, which made it possible to detect small-sized objects in any weather conditions.
To crown it all, the upgraded T-62 received the new gunner sight (1PN-96MT-02), which increased the target detection range at night to 2,000 meters.
The new modification was created several years after it was reported that Russia would dispose of the T-62 tank fleet, the Defense Blog said. Such reports appeared in late 2013, when spokespeople for the Main Armoured Directorate of the Ministry of Defence announced a decision to dispose of the T-62 fleet. Nevertheless, in 2018, the tanks took part in exercises of the logistics troops of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.