Ukraine showed its first T-64BM2 modernized tanks

KYIV, ($1=26.73 Ukrainian Hryvnia) – During the parade to celebrate the 30th Independence Day of Ukraine, the first four T-64BM2 tanks belonging to the 92nd Mechanized Brigade were presented, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24.

Ukraine showed its first T-64BM2 modernized tanks
Photo credit: Defence24

According to the representatives of the Kharkiv Tank Works, the entire company of T-64 tanks is currently being modernized to a new standard, which will be used for operational tests. The machines received a new communication and positioning system, a thermal imaging sight, and a 1000 HP engine.

The prototype of the T-64BM2 vehicle was created in a record time of 6 months in cooperation with companies belonging to the Ukroboronprom concern, mainly from Kharkiv. As emphasized by the representatives of the Kharkiv Tank Works, the biggest challenge was the reconstruction of the rear part of the vehicle to replace the 850 HP 5TDFM engine with the transmission with a more powerful 1000 HP 6TD-1 power unit.

This significantly increases the driving dynamics but also increases the unification of power units with the T-64BW Krab tanks, which will receive the same engines, and the Opłot-M2, which uses the power unit of the 6TD family with a capacity of 1200 HP. Ultimately, it is planned to use 6TD engines on all variants of the T-64 tanks operated by the Ukrainian army.

Equally important, but less demanding, was the modernization of the fire control system, and above all the installation of the 1G46 sight, thanks to which the machine gained a thermal imaging option that allows for much more effective operation at night. At the same time, the T-64BM2 tank can use Kombat guided missiles fired from a 125 mm cannon. The vehicle also received modern Ukrainian communication, navigation, and positioning systems, which significantly improves the possibilities of securing data exchange and managing the battlefield.

As emphasized by representatives of the armed forces of Ukraine and the Ukroboronprom group, the four vehicles presented during the parade on August 24, 2021, are part of a full company that is to be put into service soon.

Thanks to this, the operation of all systems will be checked in the field, and the results of these tests will be related to the state tests that are currently underway. Works related to the modernization to the T-64BM2 standard will also be used in the Krab program, which aims to develop a basic vehicle based on the T-64BW.

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