Russian producers of military hardware are going to upgrade the T-80 tank. They intend to increase its firepower, protection, mobility, and command control, the Russian RG daily reported on July 14.
According to a military expert, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation have several thousand versions of T-80BV that will be reborn by Russia’s engineering company Omsktransmash very soon. The main goal of developers is to unify the tank with upgraded T-72B3.
The firepower of the T-80BV will be increased after the installation of the PNM Sosna-U gunner sight. The Sosna-U allows to use all types of ammunitions, including guided missiles. The laser range-finder is able to determine the distance from 50 up to 7500 meters. A tank commander will be able to monitor and shoot using the gunner sight in “double” mode.
The tank will also be equipped with a complex of dynamic protection 3rd-generation, Relic. One of its features is an ability to cast hard armor plates in bilateral mode. One of these hard armor plates moves towards the ammunition while another one follows the first one. This makes the T-80 more resistant to composite shells and modern tandem anti-tank guided missiles. In addition, the tank will be also equipped with fast-acting fire safety system of the instrumental complex PKUZ-1A.
The T-80 will also receive the night binocular viewer TVN-5 that will enhance its mobility. While upgraded monoblocks with a gas-turbine engine will increase its fuel efficiency. At last, the T-80BV will be provided with the VHF radio 168-25U P-2 and a hardware and software intercom complex of switching and control. The equipment allows conduct an open and masked radio traffic at any time of the day and year.