Armored trains haven’t been used much since WWII, and for good reason. They aren’t useful in today’s wars. Especially when the whole world is focused on the Middle East, an area not very train accessible.
These trains used to be used when going into in deep into conflict zones, delivering cargo and troops or helping fortifications.
So why is the Russian government re-investing in the armored train?
While Russia hasn’t answered the question of “Why?” yet, upon quick review it would seem as though they are gearing up for a heavier armed conflict in Ukraine or with their European neighbors.
From Business Insider:
The Russian military has begun reviving its old Soviet-era armored trains, a Czech Republic newspaper reported Friday. The revelation, which was hinted at earlier this month when the Russian minister of defense said that four of the armored trains could be recommissioned, is part of Russia’s $400 billion project to modernize and expand its military.
“Russian intentions indicate that in addition to introducing a number of revolutionary new technologies, now comes something of a ‘Renaissance’ of some (supposedly) obsolete categories of military equipment,” the Czech website Echo24.cz wrote.