The find was made during the course of an expedition carried out jointly by the Russian armed forces, the Russian geographical society and the Russian Search Movement, a public movement to honor the memory of those killed in action while defeding their homeland.
The tank has been loaded onto a Pacific Fleet cargo ship, to be examined on the mainland, said General-Major Vladimir Popov, head of the Russian Search Movement.
Around 70 people, ten units of special equipment and Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters have set up camp near the Kurbatov lighthouse in order to carry out the expedition to Shumshu, which lies around 11 kilometers from the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula on Russia's mainland.
The search aims to find the remains of fallen Soviet and Japanese soldiers on Shumshu, who will be returned to their respective homelands for burial, and also look for military equipment including tanks and planes left by the Soviet and Japanese troops.
In September last year a search party of around 50 military experts on Shumshu found two Japanese steam engines, an amphibious tank and an American fighter jet.