The T-90 is a Russian third generation main battle tank (MBT) created as the developed and modern variant of the T-72B MB, and became widely known around the world thanks to its tough look including “red eyes” of the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system. The T-90 employs a 125 mm 2A46 smoothbore main gun, the 1A45T fire-control system, an upgraded engine, and a therman sight for the gunner. Additionally to the Shtora infrared ATGM jamming system, the MBT is protected by a blend of steel and composite armour and the Kontakt-5 explosive-reactive armour.
In 2015, Russia delivered a batch of T-90 MBTs the Syrian military in order to contribute to anti-terrorist operations across the country led by the Syrian Arab Army. In coming months, T-90 MBTs have showed themselves as an important factor at the Syrian battlefield. Let’s take a closer look at the Russian-made T-90 MBT.