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US named the most popular tank in the world’s military history

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WASHINGTON, (BM) – More than 70 years ago in the USSR, he developed the T-54 tank, which is used by many countries to this day. This is the most massively produced combat vehicle in the history of military technology, which, together with its modified version of the T-55, participated in the largest number of military conflicts. Writes about this The National Interest.

The main gun of the T-54 was the 100 mm D-10T cannon, which had one of the highest penetration rates among other foreign medium tanks.

On the other hand, the gun lacked accuracy and rate of fire. Nevertheless, the T-54 is a more dangerous vehicle than the legendary T-34 or the one that appeared in the interval between the release of the two legendary T-44 tanks.

T-54 and T-55 received fairly thick armor – from 100 to 120 millimeters. At the same time, the T-55 was one of the first machines developed after the start of atomic weapons tests, and could fight in a nuclear war. The tank was ready to withstand a bomb blast from a distance.

The crew was provided with protection from nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Also, the T-55 was the first tank on which an active protection complex was installed.

The tank had good mobility, it maneuvered successfully even on soft muddy surfaces. It was 30 centimeters shorter than the T-44 and only 3.7 tons heavier, while it had a similar average speed and a higher power reserve.

In addition, he could swim up to 60 kilometers by installing suspended equipment around the tracked part.

The Russian armed forces no longer use old Soviet tanks, they have not yet been written off, but have already been transferred to storage. But many other countries of Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa are still in service with the T-54, T-55 and other combat vehicles created on their basis.

The tank was produced for more than 30 years, which makes it almost a champion among other equipment. The National Interest emphasizes the importance of these tanks for countries that do not have sufficient resources to purchase more modern technology.

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