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The British have enlisted Soviet-era museum tanks to manufacture continuous tracks for Ukraine

04 Mar, 2024
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The British have enlisted Soviet-era museum tanks to manufacture continuous tracks for Ukraine

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British engineers have taken Soviet-era tanks from museums to develop tracks for armored vehicles destined for Ukraine.

Cook Defence Systems reached out to the British Tank Museum for assistance in this matter.

"The Museum has collaborated with William Cook Defence Ltd, to reverse engineer a number of Soviet-era vehicles tracks to send to Ukraine," museum representatives said.

Recently, Cook Defense received an urgent request from the UK Ministry of Defence to provide tracks to support Ukraine's fleet of Soviet-era vehicles.

"When we can help industry and our allies, of course we should," museum representatives noted.

 

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The main objectives of the project include the development of new steel alloys that meet the original Soviet specifications, as well as the redesign of forged and welded components into castings to align with the new manufacturing process.

Cook Defence Systems is tasked with the tracks for Soviet-era armored personnel carriers MT-LB, infantry fighting vehicles BMP, and tanks T-72.

To achieve this, the United Kingdom and the "Fund for Ukraine," through the intermediary of Defence Equipment & Support, have entered into contracts with the leading global developer and manufacturer of tracks, Cook Defence Systems (CDS), for the supply of track sets to Ukraine.

The contracts entail the supply of sets for 500 units of Ukrainian military vehicles.

The discussion encompasses both British vehicles, including the Challenger 2 tanks, and Soviet-era armored vehicles.

The Odessa Journal

The Odessa Journal

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