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Uralvagonzavod delivers more T-72B3M tanks to Russian Army

Defense News January 2022 Global Security army industry

Posted On Thursday, 06 January 2022 15:13

Last December 2, Rostec announced that Uralvagonzavod had sent a batch of T-72B3M tanks to the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The tanks have passed a full range of tests, accepted by the customer in accordance with the requirements of the normative and technical documentation and the terms of the contract.

T-72B3M (Picture source: Vitaly Kuzmin)

The work was carried out as part of the execution of the state defense order, which provides for the modernization of T-72B tanks to the level of T-72B3M. At Uralvagonzavod, which turns 85 in 2021, "seventy-two" from the repair fund have undergone major repairs. Compared to the original version, the shipped T-72B3Ms have significantly improved characteristics.

Design engineers of the Ural Design Bureau of Transport Engineering are continuously modernizing T-72 tanks. Hence, the T-72B3M is equipped with a new fire control system, which includes an aiming system with a modern thermal image, as well as a digital ballistic computer that automates the process of preparing a shot and significantly increases firing accuracy.

The guided weapon system on the modernized T-72B3 destroys targets with a guided missile from a standstill and in motion, day and night at ranges of up to 5,000 meters with a probability close to 100%. And an automatic target system tracking provides an increase in the accuracy of shooting at moving targets and significantly reduces the time for preparing a shot. Modern means of communication provide hidden noise-immune radio communication with technical masking modes.

The tank is equipped with a 1,130 hp V-92S2F engine, produced by ChTZ-Uraltrak. To help the driver-mechanic, a chassis control system was introduced that shows parameters on a special display. The upgraded T-72B3 tank also received more efficient protection.

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