Military expert Alexei Khlopotov spoke about the evolution of Russian tanks. Mass production of tanks began with light BTs, followed by the medium T-34 and heavy KV and IS.
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The first Russian tank is considered a tracked vehicle, which was given the name “Freedom Fighter Comrade Lenin”. At that time, the industry of the USSR produced light tanks with standard small arms, and the rate was placed on the speed of movement over rough terrain and on the highway. The BT-7M light wheeled-tracked tank, which had rollers with rubber edging, is considered the most successful. Before moving on the highway, the tracks were removed and the combat vehicles moved at a speed of 60 km / h. Before World War II, the production of heavy tanks KV-1 (“Kliment Voroshilov”) and KV-2, weighing 40 tons, began. At the same time, the T-34 medium tank became the most widespread; the vehicle underwent several upgrades. The 1944 version, the T-34-85, is considered the most successful. The tank had an 85 mm long cannon and a larger turret. During the Second World War, heavy tanks IS-1 (“Joseph Stalin”), IS-2 and IS-3 were also produced, they took part in hostilities.
Alexey Khlopotov expressed his point of view on modern Russian tanks. It is necessary that the tank forces come to a common denominator. It is necessary to make the T-90M mass or increase the technical characteristics of the T-72 to the level of the T-90M. Next, you should wait for serial samples of the T-14 “Armata”. Along with this, the journal from the United States The National Interest wrote in its article that the Soviet post-war heavy tank T-10 should be considered one of the most underrated in the world.