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On Sale: Used Soviet Army Battle Tanks

June 10, 1989|From United Press International

MOSCOW — The Soviet army has used battle tanks for sale.

The weekly Argument and Fact magazine said Friday that the Soviet Defense Ministry is hawking hundreds of outmoded 36-ton T-55 tanks to civilian heavy industry rather than scrapping them.

Although the exact price was not disclosed, the discount ranges up to 66% off the original price tag.

"Converted military hardware can be used as tow tractors, cranes with high cross-country capacity and fire engines, as well as for hammering piles and logging mountainous areas," the magazine said.

Authorities on the western Siberian railways have grabbed several of the discounted tanks to tow broken-down engines, and the Russian Federation's Road Ministry has also purchased several.

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