See nuke surviving Object 279 tank – 130mm cannon, 1K hp, 12.5in armor

MOSCOW, ($1=85.75 Russian Rubles) — Russia has “awakened” its Object 279 tank, developed during the post-war world war situation to survive a nuclear explosion. This happened at the Kubinka Tank Museum, located outside the Russian capital Moscow. It is known that this is the only surviving unit in time and so far it was just a fixed monument exhibit. It is no longer like that.

See nuke-survivor Object 279 tank - 130mm cannon, 1K hp, HEAT shields
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In a video released on March 29, 2022, Object 279 started the engine and started moving. Apparently, Russian engineers and restorers have managed to deal with engine problems in recent years [which apparently have not been launched for decades], the set of tracked parts, as well as the hull of the tank. It is not known how long it took the restorers to reach this climax.

Recently, BulgarianMilitary.com made two rankings: Top 10 super villainous projects that actually existed and Top 5 of Russian weapons that failed with a ‘bang’. This tank is not present in both rankings, so we will tell you about it. This is one of the many Russian developments of military weapons systems that never go into series production.

See nuke-survivor Object 279 tank - 130mm cannon, 1K hp, HEAT shields
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Armament of Object 279 tank

Object 279 was established in 1957 at the Kirov Leningrad Plant. Russian engineers use the developments of this tank to create the T-10. Object 279 weighs 66 tons and unlike the T-10, which was armed with a 122mm cannon, Object 279 is equipped with a 130mm M-65 rifled cannon and 24 rounds for it, and near the cannon is a 14.5mm machine gun.

The tank can fire a maximum of seven shells per minute, thanks to the semi-automatic loading system. Separately, the entire weapon system has an integrated stabilizer for accurate firing. It has an optical rangefinder and an automatic system that directs a set of optical sights, which includes not only day and night optoelectronic devices, but also an infrared projector.

Design of Object 279 tank

From the video, you have already noticed the radical design of the tank. If we go back to 1957 and look at Russian tanks, we will find that their design is designed mostly to deal with uneven terrain, wooded terrain, and bushes. I.e. clumsy tanks that do not move fast.

The design of Object 279 allows it to be much more mobile and faster than its counterparts. This rule applies not only to roads but also to uneven terrain. The Russians made this “breakthrough” after deciding to integrate the four sets of geese, evenly and parallel to the tank hull. They can also work in combination.

See nuke-survivor Object 279 tank - 130mm cannon, 1K hp, HEAT shields
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Object 279 is protected by a 12.5-inch-thick armor. Back then, in the 1950s and 1960s, Object 279’s armor could be called “revolutionary” because it was a properly torn fully cast structure tilted at a certain angle for better protection. Separately revolutionary for the weather can be called an elliptical shield around the hull, designed to fire high-explosive anti-tank [HEAT] projectiles, which do not rely mainly on kinetic penetration force. Turret also had a HEAT shield.

Were you impressed by the unconventional shape of the hull? It is designed in such a way as to protect the tank from overturning in the event of a nuclear explosion. Ie the tank was designed to fight on the battlefield in a nuclear attack. The crew (4 people) was also considered – they had nuclear, biological, and chemical [NBC] protection systems.

Object 279 is powered by a 16-cylinder diesel engine producing 1,000 horsepower with a maximum speed of 34 miles and a maximum range with a single refueling of nearly 300 km. In addition to being fast, the tank provides ground pressure of about 8.5 pounds per square inch (PSI), making it perfect for navigating wetlands, soft soils, stumps, and coping by overcoming some obstacles, such as “Czech hedgehogs”.

History of Object 279 tank

Object 279 has no happy ending. Created in the 50s of the last century, only three prototypes were produced from this model of tanks, which remain the only ones produced.

Object 279 lost the battle over the idea of ​​the next Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, during whose time the Soviet Union began producing lighter tanks and disarming heavier ones. Then, in the 1960s, the T55-54 / 55 and T-62 appeared, as well as the T-64, which is still on the battlefield today.

See nuke-survivor Object 279 tank - 130mm cannon, 1K hp, HEAT shields
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Khrushchev’s idea to produce tanks with missile weapons is also another nail in the coffin of Object 279, although this Soviet idea did not go in the right direction. Thus Object 279 loses the battle for its existence.

Why the Russians decided to restore this tank today is not clear, but its existence is an example and remains part of the history of the Cold War and the “enthusiastic thought” of the then Soviet leaders for dominance in armaments.

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