Monday, May 2, 2022

‘Jack-in-the-box’ dooms Russian tanks - Update

Russian tank turrets get blown off with regularity and the reason is a design flaw known as the “jack-in-the-box”. The fault is related to the way Russian tanks hold and load ammunition. In these tanks, including the T-72, shells are all placed in an autoloading ring. When an enemy shot hits, the ring of ammunition “cooks off” and ignites a chain reaction, blasting the turret off the tank’s hull and vapourizing the tankers. With up to 40 shells if fully loaded, the Russian tanks will blow their tops with extreme gusto every time.
The blogsite ORYX lists Russian APC losses at 3340, of which 1803 have been destroyed, 59 damaged, 266 abandoned and 1212 captured. The site lists 600 Russian tanks with 312 destroyed, 17 damaged, 49 abandoned, and 222 captured. As many as 25,000 Russian soldiers have been killed so far, roughly 1 man in 4 of the invading army.