Abandoned USSR/Russian Kit

This is quite unbelievable the scale of the amount of kit left to rot around the former USSR, I wonder how much the stuff could be bought for.

 

Arte_et_Marte

ADC
Moderator
This is quite unbelievable the scale of the amount of kit left to rot around the former USSR, I wonder how much the stuff could be bought for.

Hasn't most of it already been purchased? The site mentions sold for scrap a few times.
 

4(T)

LE
This is quite unbelievable the scale of the amount of kit left to rot around the former USSR, I wonder how much the stuff could be bought for.



IIRC the tank parks and the airfield with all the Hinds are all "live" re-manufacturing plants. I.e. they pull stuff in to be refurbished and rebuilt, usually for export orders.

A lot of Russian industrial concerns look like post-apocalyptic wastelands or scrapyards, even if they are actually functioning....
 
It's got to be a wah....


The kit has all been correctly identified. No journalist could have done that.
 

SpiderFox

Clanker
It's got to be a wah....


The kit has all been correctly identified. No journalist could have done that.
The second picture caption:
Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks<snip>
The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Kore
a

Really?
 

theoriginalphantom

MIA
Book Reviewer
The second picture caption:
Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks<snip>
The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Kore
a

Really?

Shhh, challenger replacement.
 
The second picture caption:
Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks<snip>
The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Kore
a

Really?
From Wiki:

Exported T-80s[edit]​

United Kingdom[edit]​

In 1992, the United Kingdom bought a number of T-80U MBTs for defence research and development. They were not bought officially but through a specially created trading company, which was supposed to deliver them to Morocco. The price of five million USD offered for each tank ensured a lack of suspicion on the part of the Russians. Britain evaluated the tanks on their proving grounds and transferred one to the US where the Americans evaluated it on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. In January 1994, British Minister of State for Defence Procurement Jonathan Aitken confirmed in parliamentary debates that a Russian T-80U tank was imported for "defence research and development purposes".[46][47]
 
The second picture caption:
Eerie images show rows upon rows of decommissioned T-80 tanks<snip>
The model is still used today and has been exported to countries including the UK, Pakistan and South Kore
a

Really?

From Wiki...

Exported T-80s​

United Kingdom​

In 1992, the United Kingdom bought a number of T-80U MBTs for defence research and development. They were not bought officially but through a specially created trading company, which was supposed to deliver them to Morocco. The price of five million USD offered for each tank ensured a lack of suspicion on the part of the Russians. Britain evaluated the tanks on their proving grounds and transferred one to the US where the Americans evaluated it on the Aberdeen Proving Ground. In January 1994, British Minister of State for Defence Procurement Jonathan Aitken confirmed in parliamentary debates that a Russian T-80U tank was imported for "defence research and development purposes"

Edited to add... Damn, beaten to it by @ABNredleg =-(
 
 

Ravers

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
That Ekranoplan is something of historic importance and the only one of its kind.

Should be saved.
 
There has to be a few £ million in scrap metal lying around, would be good work for prisoners to chop it up and load onto trucks and trains.
Clearly no Caravan Using Nomadic Travellers in Leningrad Oblast. Round here it would all have been chopped up and weighed in before you could say "sh1t in a field"
 

4(T)

LE
That Ekranoplan is something of historic importance and the only one of its kind.

Should be saved.


It belongs to a group and is planned to be put in a museum. This is an old picture, IIRC taken a couple of years ago when they were moving it and got it stuck in shallow water. Its since been hauled up onto dry land, but is now in limbo again.

The interior is nearly 100% complete; left as it was when trials were abandoned. It is indeed a historical treasure of kind.

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