MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation celebrate a professional holiday – “Tankman’s Day”, which is one of the most significant in the Ground Forces.
This year, traditionally on the second Sunday of September, the “Day of the Tankman” is celebrated for the 75th time.
This holiday was established by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 1, 1946 to commemorate the merits of armored and mechanized troops in defeating the Nazi invaders during the Great Patriotic War, as well as the merits of tank builders in equipping the Armed Forces of the country with armored vehicles. The history of the tank forces dates back to the twenties of the last century, when, by order of the Main Armored Directorate of the Red Army, the first domestic tank was created at the Sormovo plant and on August 31, 1920, went on sea trials. And since 1927, the serial production of armored vehicles was launched.
Tank formations, possessing great firepower, reliable armor protection and high maneuverability, remain the main striking force of the Ground Forces.
At the present stage of development, as part of the execution of the state defense order, the fleet of tanks is updated annually. The enterprises of the military-industrial complex supply the units of the Ground Forces with modern samples of armored vehicles, which have successfully proven themselves in operation in various climatic zones.
This year, the military units of the Ground Forces are receiving more than 240 modern and modernized tanks: T-72B3M, T-80BVM and T-90M Proryv.
In all tank formations and military units, solemn events dedicated to the Day of the Tankman are held.
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