Russia Pledges Millions of Rubles Prize for Every Western MBT Destroyed

Russia Pledges Millions of Rubles Prize for Every Western MBT Destroyed

The news of massive delivery of defense equipment from the West to Ukraine can be interpreted as a form of psychological war, with the hope that it can affect the morale of Russian troops on the battlefield. 

Russia also does not remain silent, in order to increase fighting spirit, the Russian military has announced a special prize for each soldier who is able to destroy the MBT (Main Battle Tank) Leopard 2 or M1A2 Abrams.

Quoted from, the prize prepared for the feat of destroying the Western MBT is not small. As Ukraine is due to receive the Western MBT in the coming months, the Russian company stated that Russian troops destroying the Western MBT would be rewarded with millions of rubles.

Famous Russian actor and director Ivan Okhlobystin announced the prize. Okhlobystin claims that representatives from large Russian industry promised a reward of around 10 million rubles (about US$141,000) for every American M1 Abrams tank destroyed or captured in Ukraine.

Russian troops will face Western MBT attacks in the coming months, so the Russian media is heavily highlighting the Abrams' vulnerabilities and pushing its troops to seize or destroy US military equipment that Washington claims is advanced 'stuff'.

“I am pleased to inform you right away that several representatives of big Russian business have allowed me to inform you that they charge a premium of 10 million rubles for each Abrams/Leopard MBT that can be destroyed!” wrote Okhlobystin.

According to Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Russian troops have been offered a reward of five million rubles by the Russian company Fores for the first Abrams or Leopard MBT destroyed. Moreover, some reports claim that if the US chooses to provide F-15 and F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, Russian industry executives have offered an even more impressive reward for their destruction.

Several Russian military Telegram channels appear to be offering a million rubles to troops who can destroy America's first M2 Bradley IFV on the battlefield.

Kiev believes the main battle tank is critical to getting past Russian defenses and increasing the potential for counterattacks. So far, the US has promised to deliver 31 M1A2 Abrams units to Ukraine

Meanwhile, the German government said it would provide 14 units of Leopard 2 MBTs to Ukraine. In addition, Germany has also allowed other countries to transfer their Leopard 2 MBTs to Ukraine, which were previously prohibited by German export laws.

The UK has also committed to deliver 14 Challenger 2 MBTs to Ukraine. At the same time, London called a scenario where British MBTs end up in Russian hands a "nightmare". The British military fears that Russian scientists will find out about the top-secret technology used in its design.

To that end, the British military is drawing up contingency plans to retrieve their MBTs if they are destroyed in Ukraine to prevent the armor and secret technology from falling into Russian hands. The British Military with Ukrainian Commandos will ensure that British tanks can be transported back to safety if they become inoperable.

Meanwhile, Russia has criticized US plans to send the Abrams MBT to Ukraine. But Russia appears confident that the Abrams will not present a serious strategic threat. Experts predict that Russia will try its best to destroy and seize the western-made tanks, mainly for propaganda purposes and to gain access to classified technology.

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