According to images posted on the “Praise the Steph” Twitter account on March 12, 2023, Russian multi-role, repaired, and repainted Ukrainian soldiers of the 14th Separate Mechanized Brigade now use Tigr-M 4×4 armored vehicles.
The 14th Separate Mechanized Brigade is a Ukrainian military force headquartered in Chernihiv. As part of the ongoing military reforms in Ukraine, the Brigade was established in 2013 and is today one of the most combat-ready formations in the Ukrainian military.
The Brigade consists of approximately 4,500 soldiers and is outfitted with various armored vehicles, including variations of the T-64 and T-72 tanks, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, and BTR-80 armored vehicles personnel carriers. The Brigade also possesses several artillery weapons, such as BM-21 Grad 122mm rocket launchers and D-20 152mm howitzers.
Since its formation, the 14th Brigade has been involved in various military operations, including the current conflict in eastern Ukraine. The Brigade has been stationed close to the front lines and has witnessed heavy fighting against Russian-backed separatist forces.
The Ukrainian army managed to seize many Russian-made vehicles from separatist troops during the battle in Ukraine. Among them were T-64 and T-72 tanks, BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, BTR-80 and BTR-70 armored personnel carriers, and other combat vehicles. The captured material has been incorporated into the Ukrainian army’s inventory and used in combat operations.
According to the source, these are the first images showing Ukrainian soldiers’ use of Russian-made Tigr-M 4×4 armored vehicles.
Russia’s Military Industrial Corporation created the Tigr-M, an all-terrain IMV, for the army (MIC) use. The Russian Special Forces, infantry, and reconnaissance units can all benefit from its features.
The Tigr-M is an upgraded version of the Tigr, an infantry mobility vehicle. Although both vehicles share many similarities, there are some key differences between them.
The Tigr-M is built on a 4×4 chassis and boasts a modular architecture that allows it to be outfitted with different weaponry, sensors, and communications systems for different missions.
The vehicle can be equipped with a wide range of weaponry, including machine guns, grenade launchers, anti-tank missiles, and a remote-controlled weapon station.
The Tigr-M is built on a more refined and up-to-date chassis than its predecessor, the Tigr. The Tigr-M is superior to the Tigr in both off-road performance and speed thanks to its more potent engine and upgraded suspension system.
With its slightly increased size over the Tigr, the Tigr-M could transport more troops and supplies. Tigr-Ms can have as many as four crew members, allowing them to transport up to eight fully armed soldiers. Tigrs, on the other hand, can have as little as three crew members, allowing them to transport up to six soldiers.
The Tigr-M has been employed by the Russian armed forces in a number of different wars, including those in Syria and Ukraine. Several other countries, including Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Algeria, have also purchased it for export.