The Czech Republic refused to change the Soviet T-72 to the Polish PT-91, which angered Warsaw

The Czech Ministry of Defense has officially refused to purchase foreign tanks to upgrade its troops. At least until the end of the decade, the Czech military will use a modernized version of the Soviet T-72.

What was the reason for this decision and why did it make the Poles so angry? Let's figure it out.

The export version of the Soviet T-72M at one time accounted for 10% of all tanks in service with the Warsaw Pact countries. With the collapse of the bloc and the expansion of NATO to the East, many former allies of the USSR decided to "transfer" to German and Israeli military vehicles.

In practice, however, it turned out that combat missions are still better performed by the proven T-72 than the beautiful, but extremely expensive to operate "Leopard".

In addition, our tank has a huge upgrade potential. Only by installing new engines and fire control systems did the Europeans improve the characteristics of the Soviet combat vehicle over and over again. At the same time, the cost of the new Leopard is 6,5 million dollars, and the modernization of the Czech T-72M4 to similar combat capabilities costs about 1,5 million.

As for the Poles, they also upgraded their own T-72s to the PT-91 Twardy version and planned to export it to other Eastern European countries, but they turned down the price and could not withstand the competition.

Now Warsaw has seriously "invested" in the project of creating a European tank EMBT, a simplified version of which also intended to sell to neighbors. But here, it seems, will not work. The extensive modernization capabilities of the T-72 seriously undermine the plans of the Poles, so they are angry.

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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 16 October 2020 20: 25
    They probably have seen enough of tank biathlon. And I offered to make cuts of tank biathlon and show it at all shows. And if the Germans and Americans had agreed to participate in these competitions, they would not have been able to sell their tanks to the Poles. Hooray! Russian weapons!
  2. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 16 October 2020 21: 35
    The Poles have not yet answered for the occupation of the Czech Republic.
  3. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 16 October 2020 22: 21
    On the one hand, the Czechs are absolutely right. Why should they change one T72 for another T72? When they don't even border with Belarus? And they themselves will be able to modernize. It's okay to train tankers.

    On the other hand, not a single proof of "Poland's anger" has been presented. IMHO, invented on the go.
    When many people think about abandoning classic tanks, this is generally implausible.
  4. Danila46 Offline Danila46
    Danila46 (Daniel) 17 October 2020 12: 24
    Well, the Czechs know a lot about technology and mechanics. Especially in the military. They make excellent weapons themselves and sell them all over the world. Here's what puzzled me: when did the Czech Republic buy the Israeli Merkava ??? And other VD countries? According to the author, it was so, but () expensive ...
  5. Georgievic Offline Georgievic
    Georgievic (Georgievic) 28 November 2020 20: 59
    "Shell" T-72 is worth a lot!