Saturday, 29 October 2022

How Is Russia Faring Against NATO Equipment In Ukraine? A Tally

By Jakub Janovsky, naalsio26Aloha, Dan, Stijn Mitzer, Joost Oliemans and Kemal
The 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War has laid bare the issues affecting the Russian Armed Forces and the farce that was Russia's military build-up of the 2010s after a lengthy period of decay throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Having lost the initiative across the whole frontline and so far unable to change the tide, Russia's only remaining hope at stabilising the front are the country's mobilisation and the potential mass use of (Iranian) loitering munitions and ballistic missiles to force Ukraine to the negotiation table at terms favourable to Russia. Whatever their eventual effects on the course of the war, there can be no doubt the Russian leadership completely overestimated its own capabilities while at the same time severely underestimating the Ukrainians' resolve in defending their country.

After a steady supply of nearly every type of armament from Western countries imaginable, and with plenty of combat experience to properly deploy these new weapons systems on the battlefield, the Ukrainian Army is arguably at its strongest point since the 24th of February. [1] In contrast, the Russian Army has lost its morale and image of strength in Ukraine. In an effort to assure its domestic audience of its capabilities, the Russian MoD has had to resort to gross exaggerations and outright lies to brush up its combat performance in Ukraine. Examples are the reported destruction and capture of 20 HIMARS out of 16 HIMARS delivered (at the time of the claim) to Ukraine, and the shootdown of 1000 Bayraktar TB2s out of some 50 TB2s delivered to Ukraine (with Baykar Tech only ever having produced 450 TB2s). [2]
This article attempts to list visually confirmed losses of heavy equipment of Western origin and the total amount of Western armament delivered in that specific category. This list only includes destroyed vehicles and equipment of which photo or videographic evidence is available. Therefore, the amount of equipment destroyed is higher than recorded here. Damaged equipment, ATGMs, MANPADS and trucks are not included in this list. This list only includes equipment that was delivered after the 24th of February 2022. Details unique to nations' vehicle types, camouflage patterns and serial numbers are used to discern between equipment delivered before and after the 24th. Due to the difficulty discerning pre-war delivered HMMWVs and Bayraktar TB2s from those delivered after the 24th, these are not included in this list. The entries below are sorted by armament category (with a flag denoting the country that delivered it). These statistics are constantly updated as additional losses are uncovered.

(Click on the numbers to get a picture of each individual destroyed or captured vehicle)

Tanks: Approximately 595 Delivered - 78 Visually Confirmed Lost

Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Approximately 40 Delivered - 4 Visually Confirmed Lost

Infantry Fighting Vehicles: Approximately 560 Delivered - 48 Visually Confirmed Lost


Armoured Personnel Carriers: Approximately 1180 Delivered - 124 Visually Confirmed Lost

MRAPs: Approximately 925 Delivered - 135 Visually Confirmed Lost


Infantry Mobility Vehicles: Approximately 1120 Delivered (Excluding HMMWVs) - 30 Visually Confirmed Lost


Engineering Vehicles And Equipment: Approximately 225 Delivered - 6 Visually Confirmed Lost


Towed Artillery: Approximately 430 Delivered - 39 Visually Confirmed Lost

Self-Propelled Artillery: Approximately 355 Delivered - 50 Visually Confirmed Lost


Multiple Rocket Lanchers: Approximately 105 Delivered - 1 Visually Confirmed Lost


Anti-Aircraft Guns: 375 Delivered - 1 Visually Confirmed Lost

Radars: Approximately 125 Delivered - 3 Visually Confirmed Lost


Reconnaissance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Large Quantities Delivered - 29 Visually Confirmed Lost

[1] Answering The Call: Heavy Weaponry Supplied To Ukraine
[2] Lost In Lies: Keeping Track Of Russian Propaganda Claims
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