30 Soviet T-34 tanks returns to Russia
- January 10, 2019
Russia has taken delivery of 30 Soviet T-34 tanks from Laos.
The batch of 30 T-34 medium tanks have arrived in Russia as part of military-technical cooperation with Laos, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
“During the visit of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to Laos in January last year, agreements were reached on the return of T-34 tanks to Russia,” the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation said.
“The combat vehicles has already covered more than 4,500 km by sea and arrived in Vladivostok. Then by rail, it will be delivered to the Moscow region, to the city of Naro-Fominsk “.
According to TASS news agency, the Soviet tanks were handed over to Laos three decades ago. The agreement on the transfer of the tanks was reached during Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s visit to Laos in January 2018.
The tanks will be used during Victory Day parades, as well as in museum expositions and films about the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War.
Between 1940 and 1946, the Soviet Union produced over 58,000 such tanks.