"What is the status of the tanks?"
"We have managed to get sixteen operational - Six of them T-249s, Four 230s, and three each 232A and 232MK. We have sufficient fuel a three to four hundred kilometer road march. Oddly enough, the limit is the fuel cells - the MK's multi-fuel turbine will bun just about anything, so even with far less economy, we have more biodisel, cellulose petrol, and alcohol than catalyst."
"Good. Not great - we're a good five hundred from anywhere useful."
'Its ammunition sir, where we have a problem. We have less than two-hundred 135mm shells, before we start splitting hairs about sabot or HEAT. Not enough to completely fill even four auto-reloader carousels. We have forty-seven 150mm shells, though plenty of liquid propellant."
"We're not expecting heavy tank resistance. Ration them out as best you can. Nine shells a 249, fifteen or twenty for all the others."
"Those aren't the problematic numbers sir. We simply have no liquid coolant for the hard-kill antimissile lasers - they'll melt themselves in less than fifty seconds if we face any notable missile attacks. And there will be missile attacks - without tanks of their own, the citizens use air-power to attack ours. Which leads to the even bigger problem of or lack of anit-air assets."
"Didn't we just retrieve some?"
"1,500 RPM revolver-cannons make for some tough logistical challenges, even if you've got trains from the arsenal factory. Long range SAM numbers - even worse."
"So we can make the journey, we just can't survive it."
"Not unless that Grigori guy calling the shots can spare some naval fighters to support us."
"I don't think so. I came here after receiving one of his couriers. The short version is, if you don't think you can make it by yourself, don't make the attempt. That is up for interpretation - he doesn't want to support those who can't fight, or he's looking for things other than tanks..."
"I think you're grasping at straws sir."
"We have three full platoons of tanks - there has to be something we can do. Just waiting here isn't eliminating aliens, nor rebuilding Russia."
"Don't we know it general. All I can say, is there is a time and a place for everything."