Russia is armed with the best tank for arctic conditions


The Russian T-80BVM tank, presented at the Army-2020 forum, was highly praised in the West. The modification of the vehicle, produced 44 years ago, not only reached the level of the NATO Leopard 2A4, but also became an ideal tool for the harsh northern conditions.


Now in service with the Russian army there are about 1800 T-80 units. About 4,5 thousand more are in warehouse storage. The tank is distinguished by its mobility, good fire characteristics and multi-fuel capacity.

However, it should be noted that there are no more pure T-80s, which have been produced since 1976, in Russia. In 1985, the serial production of the modernized version of the T-80BV began, equipped with a Kontakt explosive reactive armor kit and reinforced with an upper frontal armor plate.

An even more advanced version of the T-80 with the "U" prefix was proposed by the Leningrad plant. The tank received an improved fire control system, an automatic fire extinguishing system and the ability to launch Reflex anti-tank missiles directly through the barrel.

Despite the undeniable advantages of the new versions of the T-80, there was also a drawback: the too expensive gas turbine unit. The latter led to the fact that almost all modifications of the "eighties" were superseded by the cheaper T-72.

However, in modern realities, the disadvantage of the T-80 has turned into an advantage. The change in the geopolitical status of the Russian North required the deployment of additional troops to protect it. At the same time, a gas turbine engine is more suitable for long-term operation at low temperatures than the "diesel" T-72.

Let's add here a number of improvements in the BVM version, such as the installation of a modern fire control system "Sosna-U", the "Relikt" complex, the "Reflex" rocket firing set, etc. At the output, we get an ideal combat vehicle for harsh northern conditions, which is not inferior in characteristics to the most massive among the European NATO countries to the Leopard 2A4 tank.

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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 September 2020 10: 55
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    Total: the T-80BVM tank was going to drive the Leopard 2A4, produced in 85-87 years in the north ...
    But where will he get so many of them there?
  2. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 10 September 2020 12: 04
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    - Personally, I have already written recently that the T-80U tank was produced at the Omsktransmash plant in Omsk (modifications of the T-80B and T-80 BV) ...
    - And today, or rather -

    On August 25, 2020, the Russian Ministry of Defense signed a contract with the Omsk Tank Plant (# Omsktransmash) for the modernization of another batch of T-80 tanks into the T-80BVM version. We are talking about more than 50 machines.
    This vehicle became the hero of several stories on the Zvezda TV channel of the Ministry of Defense in 2019-2020 (including the Military Acceptance program). Tanks of this type are equipped with a 1250 hp gas turbine engine. and a modern weapons complex. With its high maneuverability, the T-80BVM is also superior to tanks with a diesel power plant in terms of operation in the Arctic and harsh continental climate. The machine of this modification is not exported.
    The modification of the "flying tank" is distinguished by the Sosna-U multichannel gunner sight, the modified GTD-1250 gas turbine engine (it is possible to boost power up to 1400 hp), the 2E58 weapon stabilizer, the R-168-25U-2 Aqueduct ultrashort-wave radio station, anti-cumulative lattice screens and a complex of modular dynamic protection "Relikt".

    - Eh, it's good at least our Omsk plant "Omsktransmash" at one time managed to stamp a great many of these tanks ... - They can be used today ...
    - Although not new, but they may well give such a rebuff that it will not seem a little ...
  3. marciz Offline
    marciz (Stas) 15 September 2020 05: 26
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    Prepare to retreat to the North))))