Russia’s Plastun-SN Destroyed.
The latest blow to Russia’s military prowess in Ukraine comes in the form of the confirmed loss of its cutting-edge armoured all-terrain vehicle, the Plastun-SN. This state-of-the-art troop carrier, recently deployed to military units, suffered a devastating fate, further denting the already beleaguered reputation of the Russian army.
A poignant image circulating on social media in the Russian segment unveils the aftermath of the incident – the remnants of the Plastun-SN, still smouldering from what appears to be a detonation on an anti-tank mine. This loss is particularly significant as Russian military forces had only received the initial batch of this equipment in October 2023.
The Plastun-SN, a specialized tracked all-terrain vehicle developed for evacuation purposes within the Russian army, has garnered the somewhat ironic nickname “Tuzik” on social media. The designation “SN” indicates its “Special Purpose” nature, emphasizing its versatility for tasks such as casualty evacuation, reconnaissance, and functioning as an 82mm self-propelled mortar.
Featuring composite armour protection capable of withstanding bullets ranging from 9x19mm to 7.62x39mm calibre, the Plastun-SN can accommodate up to eight personnel. This includes four rescuers, two injured individuals, and a two-person crew. Its multifaceted design underscores its importance in various military operations.
The loss of the Plastun-SN raises pertinent questions about the efficacy of Russia’s latest military assets in the ongoing war. With its deployment intended to bolster the capabilities of Russian forces, this incident serves as a significant setback, prompting a re-evaluation of the strategic advantages and vulnerabilities associated with the country’s state-of-the-art equipment on the battlefield. As the conflict continues, the fate of such advanced military assets becomes a focal point, influencing perceptions of Russia’s military might and its ability to navigate the complex and dynamic landscape of modern warfare.