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Russia Develops New Assault Tank on Basis of T-72

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An assault tank, based on the T-72, has been developed by Russia’s JSC RPC Uralvagonzavod.

Russia Develops New Assault Tank on Basis of T-72

The upgraded T-72 for fighting in urban areas (Photo: defence.ru)

Russia’s JSC RPC Uralvagonzavod has developed an assault tank, based on the T-72, which is expected to be more effective in the fighting in urban areas than other models, the Defence information portal reported on Thursday. According to the article, developers have focused on improving of the endurance of the tank.

The idea of developing an assault tank is not new, but it has once again become topical after learning of the experience of street fighting in Syria.

“If we carefully analyze the recent armed conflicts in the world, it will turn out that armed hostilities are conducted mainly in cities, in our days, no one fights in open terrain because, in fact, it is instantaneous destruction,” deputy director for special equipment of Uralvagonzavod, Vyacheslav Halitov, noted.

The first thing that catches the eye at the sight of the upgraded T-72 is a front-mounted dipper, designed to help to wade through logjams and barricades on streets. At the same time, it is another layer of protection of the tank against frontal attacks. The endurance of the tank was also improved by side screens with active armor, additional armor plating and shaped-charge threats protection armor. The ring mount of the anti-aircraft gun was hidden with side screens, equipped with armored glass, in order to reduce risks for the tank’s commander.

At the same time, the fire power of the tank was increased. The upgraded 2A46M 125-mm cannon was modified to fire missiles, as well as an autoloader and more effective fire control system with the Sosna multichannel aiming sight of a gun-layer were mounted.

Though, now Uralvagonzavod, as well as the Russian Defense Ministry are focused on the ultramodern Armata tank, the corporation believes that much simpler and relatively cheap combat vehicle for fighting in the city should be an important addition to the long-awaited T-14.

Russia Develops New Assault Tank on Basis of T-72

The upgraded T-72 for fighting in urban areas (Photo: defence.ru)

Russia Develops New Assault Tank on Basis of T-72

The upgraded T-72 tank on the ADEX-2016 defense industry exhibition (Photo: TASS / Marina Lystseva)

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