DefenseMirror.com reporters spotted a new protection system mounted on T-80 and T-90 tanks at the ARMY-2023.
Mesh around the cage is intended to ward off anti-tank grenades.
The new system has dual steel plates securely bolted onto a steel cage on top.This design enhances defense against top attacks, including explosive warheads and drone bombs through tank hatches by First Person View drones.
Russian tank crews earlier reinforced top armor of their turrets with barbecue-like grills called “Brazier” and sandbags to protect tanks from Javelin missiles and Bayraktar TB2 strikes. It was reportedly proven inefficient against missiles and loitering munitions.
First photos with cage armor "Braziers" appeared in July 2021. The Russians soon realized that it caused large-scale problems with radio communications in the tank units.