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    Default Hungary deploys T-72s to reach stranded motorists.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21806043

    Tanks deployed to rescue snowed in motorists on motorway. Innovative!

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    During especially snowy winter (1999-2000, IIRC) our battalion's M113 ambulances were used for this purpose.

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    Romania (282nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade) used this year MLI-84M-ARV to help snowed in civilians (photos) --- January 3013. Last year they did that as well (plus Medevac versions).






    However, I have never heard about tanks being used for this. I guess this happened since Hungary uses mostly BTR80 wheeled vehicles.
    But why not use the BMP-1 (they're tracked)? Why use T72? Is it the power?

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    We are using mostly MT-LBs and BTRs here in Bulgaria.

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    You're right BogT, all BMPs are retired in Hungary. And i guess they simply did not have enough ARVs to mibilize that's why basic T-72s were also out.

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    so I gues hungary will have to deploy light armour too, to reach stranded, in snow, photo cameras.
    seriously, where are the photos?

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    This January we used several PTS-10s and VT-55s.



    And also firefighters BVP-1 CAS version



    No tanks, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harghill1718 View Post
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21806043

    Tanks deployed to rescue snowed in motorists on motorway. Innovative!
    Great idea.

    Last year they used Sisu-NA to transport crews to broken power lines during winter last year. Gladly the motorways stay open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deszant View Post
    You're right BogT, all BMPs are retired in Hungary. And i guess they simply did not have enough ARVs to mibilize that's why basic T-72s were also out.
    Weren't the T72 retired as well in Hungary?
    I was thinking that getting the BMP out of retirement for these missions would be better than the T72s. But I guess "the game" is to use what is quickly available.


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    Tanks aren't all that great for people rescue, not much interior room for transporting anybody. We used M113's and M577's back about 1982 to get stranded people of the roads and supplies to shut-ins around the Colorado Springs area.

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    I guess those tanks are there to tow trucks.

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