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Tigr vehicles are slaughtered in Ukraine

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Russia’s losses in Putin’s war in Ukraine, human and material, are huge. The modernised army that Putin has boasted about in recent years includes the 4×4 armoured Tigr (Tiger) vehicles, the Russian equivalent of the American Humvee (HMMWV / High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle).

The Tigr vehicle was introduced in 2002 and went into series production in 2004. The car uses a Cummins B205 20 engine (American-made!) and can reach a top speed of 140 km on the roads. According to the state-owned Rosoboronexport company, the Tigr is protected by armour capable of stopping projectiles with a maximum calibre of 7.62 mm. The vehicle can carry 9 people.

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The modernized version of the vehicle, Tigr-M, has stronger armor and can be equipped with various weapons, especially heavy machine guns.

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The vehicle is used, in Russia, by the Russian Armed Forces and the Rosgvardia (Russia’s National Guard, a separate force from the army). Versions of the Tigr are produced in China, the Middle East and Belarus. Under licence such vehicles have even been produced in a NATO member state, Slovakia.

Tigr-M at a military parade in Moscow. (Photo: Profimedia Images)

Russia wants to export the vehicle to as many markets as possible, but heavy losses in Ukraine could thwart those plans. Moscow has lost 2,922 military vehicles (trucks, 4×4 models, tankers) in Ukraine, in addition to some 4,000 armoured personnel carriers and more than 1,700 tanks.

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So far confirmed losses (by the independent publication Oryx) of Tigr vehicles in Ukraine are: 83 Tigr-M models and 6 standard units. The numbers are certainly much higher.

As for other “modern” weapons that Russia has boasted about in recent years, such as the Su-57 radar stealth aircraft, these have not been used in this military conflict because the Russians have very few units.

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