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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): August 2013
Total Production: ?
Origin: Russia
Corporations: Uralvagonzavod production association
Parent System: T-72
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1973
Total Production: 30,000
Family Members: T-72, T-72B, T-72B3M, T-72BZ and T-72M
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Description: The T-72 is a three-man crew main battle tank (MBT) developed for the Soviet Union's Red Army to counter the western-made M60, AMX-30, Chieftain and Leopard 1 MBTs. The T-72M variant was widely exported to the Warsaw Pact and non-Soviet countries being built under license in Poland, Czechoslovakia, India and the former Yugoslavia (M84). The T-72 is equipped with the 2A46/D-81T and/or 2A46M/D-81TM 125mm smoothbore gun fed by a turret-mounted automatic ammunition load system. T-72's 2A46M main gun is also capable of firing anti-tank missiles which gives an outstanding superiority over western tanks such as the M-60 and Leopard 1 outfitted with 105mm cannons. Approximately 25,000 T-72s were produced for the Soviet Union and export customers all over the world starting in 1971. It was used against the M1 Abrams by the Iraqis during the Gulf War in 1991 and 12 years later during operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. In both cases it performed poorly in front of highly sophisticated heavy-armor M1A1/A2 Abrams. Overall, the T-72 by the the number of units produced is the most important tank in the post-Cold War era.

The Russian Army T-72B3 is an upgraded variant introduced in the summer of 2013 that enables the T-72 to catch up with the performance of the T-90A tanks. The T-72B3 is equipped with a new fire control system and new ballistic computer as well as new gunner sight, with´┐Ża thermal imager that has day-night and all-weather combat capability. The tank is also fitted with a new engine and new 2A46M main gun, additional armor protection and advanced fire control system among other improvements. The upgraded 2A46M gun uses ammunition with increased armor-penetrating capability. The Russian Army is deploying the modernized T-72B3 as replacement for older T-72B1 tanks with 564 tanks to be delivered by the end of 2015. The T-72B3 is a combat capable tank that should be replaced in the 2020s by the far more capable T-14 Armata.

T-72B3 Specifications

Ammunition Load: 22
Crew: 3
Rolling Rubber Wheels: 6
Height: 2.20 meter (87 inch)
Length: 9.53 meter (375 inch)
Length without Gun: 6.95 meter
Main Gun Caliber: 125 millimeter
Width: 3.60 meter (142 inch)
Main Gun Max Range: 3,000 meter
Max Range: 500 kilometer (311 mile)
Power: 840 hp (627 kW)
Cross Country Speed: 35 kph (9.72 mps)
Top Speed: 70 kph (43 mph)
Combat Weight: 43,000 kilogram (94,797 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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T-72B3 News

There are 9 news between
6 Nov 2013 and 27 Feb 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018Russian Tanks Engage Targets Using Information Provided by Unmanned Air Vehicles
Friday, June 2, 2017Belarus to Upgrade T-72B Tanks to the T-72B3 Standard
Friday, May 12, 2017T-14 Tank to Enter Service with Russian Army in 2020
Monday, September 26, 2016Russian Armored Vehicles to Be Fitted with Intelligent Fire Suppression System
Friday, September 9, 2016Russian Army to Modernize Several Hundreds T-90 Tanks
Saturday, March 19, 2016Russian Army to Get Newest T-72B3M Tank Before the end of 2016
Monday, March 16, 2015Motorized Infantry Brigade in Russia's Kemerovo Region Gets 15 T-72B3 Tanks
Friday, March 13, 2015Russia's Eastern Military District to Get T-72B3 Battle Tanks
Wednesday, November 6, 2013Russian Army to Receive 50 T-72B3 Tanks by Year's End

Operators & Related Equipment

Upgraded T-72B tanks ordered in June 2017 equipped with 2A46M-5 cannon and 1,130-hp engine

Grand Total 5642
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