There has been some effort by the Western media to paint Russia as somewhat
hypocritical in its approach to the use of depleted uranium in its own anti-tank
ammunition. While the Soviet Army did, in fact, make use of depleted uranium
penetrators in certain types of anti-tank ammunition, it has been the practice
of the Russian Army to remove these weapons from its inventory, something that
was accomplished in the early 2000's. However, some media outlets have published
claims that the new Svinets-2 (3BM-60) round, employed on the new T-90 tank,
uses a DU penetrator.
This is apparently a false claim. According to Rybar, an online analytical
service, "the Svinets-2 has a tungsten alloy core that, together with the 4Zh96
Ozon-T charge, provides about 700 mm (27 in) of right-angle penetration through
solid steel at 2 km. The projectile's 740-mm length allows it to be used only in
newer T-90A, T-90M, T72B3 and T80BVM tanks."
That Russia has taken a principled stand about the use of DU as a weapon
underscores the fact that its stance regarding the introduction of DU into
Ukraine by the UK is not merely a political show, but a national security
reality, and that Russian warning regarding the consequences of such actions
should be treated with all seriousness.
-- Cont'd at https://archive.is/rEaQe
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